News & Views

The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) held that the incarceration of petitioner Xing Shiku in a psychiatric hospital amounts to arbitrary detention. Chinese public security officials committed Xing in the Daowai District Psychiatric Hospital in Harbin, Heilongjiang on account of his...
Hu Jia, a prominent rights activist, was viciously beaten while walking home on Wednesday night. Hu, who claims plainclothes police officers carried out the attack, posted a picture of his bloodied face on Twitter shortly after the beating. Hu has long championed politically sensitive economic,...
The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (UNWGAD) issued an opinion asserting that the imprisonment of Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti amounts to arbitrary detention. Chinese authorities arrested Mr. Tohti, an economist at Beijing Minzu Univeristy, on January 15, 2014, subsequently charging him with...
In its latest attempt to tighten control over domestic media outlets, the Chinese government is requiring journalists to sign a secrecy agreement as a prerequisite for obtaining press credentials. The secrecy pact obligates journalists “not to disclose any information acquired in the course of work...
In late May 2014, Zhengzhou public security detained public interest attorney Zhang Boyang on charges of disrupting public order after he tried meeting with clients in the Zhengzhou Number 3 Detention Center who had also been charged with disrupting public order after commemorating the Tiananmen...

LRF Commentaries

Daniel Patrick Moynihan, famed American political sociologist and member of four presidential administrations from Kennedy to Ford, once remarked that “If a person goes to a country and finds their...
American University Washington College of Law published the online version of the Laogai Research Foundation's commentary on the abolition of China's reeducation-through-labor system, which the...
Although economic reforms have been the focus of China’s Central Committee conferences this past week, significant strides were made in social policy as well. In addition to changes of the country’s...
“We must firmly establish, throughout society, the authority of the Constitution and the law.” This was not the rallying cry of a Chinese dissident encouraging fellow activists from behind bars, but...
In an interview with Radio Free Asia, Harry Wu discussed the reality of cannibalism during the Great Famine of 1958-62. Although the Communist Party attributes the cause of the famine to natural...

LRF Events

On June 20, the Laogai Research Foundation held a press conference at the National Press Club for Stuart Foster, and American professor recently released from an eight-month sentence at a Chinese...
On December 14, 2013 Stuart Foster, a college professor and former Fulbright scholar, was released from his eight-month sentence at the Baiyun Detention Center in Guangzhou, China, one of 1,398...
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre. In the early morning of June 4, 1989, the People’s Liberation Army, equipped with tanks and assault rifles, massacred an unknown...
Please join us in remembering the victims of the June 4th, 1989 turmoil When: May 31 to June 4, 2014 from 4-6:30pm Where: 1734 20th St., Washington D.C., 20009 Event starts at 4pm every afternoon...
On April 21, Minister Plenipotentiary and Deputy Chief of Mission of the Japanese Embassy in the US Hiroyasu Izumi visited the Laogai Research Foundation. Mr. Izumi and LRF Executive Director Harry...
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