Event

China executed approximately 2,400 people in 2013. China executes more people every year than the rest of the world combined. It puts more people to death per week than the U.S. does per year. Currently, 55 crimes are punishable by death, many of which are nonviolent or economic offenses. In addition, China’...

Reports

“Criminalizing Dissent” is a historical report highlighting the exceedingly parallel histories of China and Cuba from 1949-1979. In addition to comparing the development of the revolutionary...

Publications

Harry Wu, author of Laogai: The Chinese Gulag (1992), Bitter Winds (1994), and Troublemaker (1996), presents his first-ever Chinese language book, an autobiography that spans his entire life, including his controversial imprisonment in...

News & Views

Pu Zhiqiang (浦志强),50-year-old, one of China's most prominent human rights lawyers, who has been held for more than a year, was criminally charged today for comments he made online. Pu was accused of "inciting ethnic hatred" and "picking quarrels and provoking troubles", offenses that carry a 10-year jail sentence, for his writings on Chinese social media Sina Weibo. Pu who had advocated for years...
Laogai Research Foundation Executive Director Harry Wu discussed Gao Yu case on Radio Free Asia on April 29. Chinese court has convicted veteran journalist Gao Yu for revealing state secrets and sentenced her to seven years in prison. Last November, in a closed trial, the No. 3 Intermediate People's Court in Beijing had twice delayed handing down a verdict. The government had accused Gao of...
Joseph Noonan, the son of LRF board member Ann Noonan, delivered a persuasive argument to the Board of Broadcasting Governors (BBG) on behalf of the Committee for U.S. International Broadcasting (CUSIB) that called for the continued broadcasting of short wave and medium wave radio and satellite television into China in light of increased censorship. “CUSIB called on BBG not to order radio or TV...

Commentaries

Nearly three weeks have passed since The Wall Street Journal published David Shambaugh’s “The Coming Chinese Crackup.” Contemporary China scholars have almost uniformly applauded Shambaugh’s analysis and welcomed his controversial thesis of the Chinese Communist Party’s imminent fall. Citing five “cracks,” including a troubled economy, uncontrollable corruption, regime loyalists who lack vigor, Xi’s crackdown campaign that affirms “anxiety and insecurity” within the central leadership, and...
The Laogai Research Foundation is currently editing and hoping to publish a manuscript in the coming months that highlights China's most infamous prison, Qincheng Prison. The working title of the manuscript is A Product of the Revolution: Qincheng Prison and its Prisoners . The following is a sample of the manuscript, written by the manuscript's editor. Editor's Note At its core, A Product of the Revolution is a testimony to the enduring and collective spirit of the Chinese political dissident...
Last month we wrote a commentary that sought to answer this question: Will Xinjiang radicalize in response to continued Chinese suppression? At the time, our answer was quite ambiguous. "Xinjiang’s status as a police-state undoubtedly quells the transfer of jihadist propaganda and probably dissuades terrorist acts, yet the brutal suppression of traditional and docile Uyghur customs[1] by Chinese authorities undoubtedly fosters resentment that could prove to be a radicalizing force. Moreover, if...