Event

On October 28, Laogai Research Foundation's Executive Director Harry Wu attended the National Day Celebration at the Czech Republic Embassy in Washington D.C. During the celebration, the Czech Republic Ambassador to the United States Petr Gandalovič made a speech expressing gratitude to the US's continuous...

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

An eloquent and vivid summary in shocking, never-before-seen photographs smuggled out of the People Republic of China, LAOGAI exposes the human rights record of the world’s most authoritarian state—a nation whose own remarkable...

News & Views

On November 10, the People’s Court of Kashgar in Xinjiang in northwest China sentenced 22 people to prison terms for their religious activities. The sentences ranged from five to 16 years. The crimes included “impersonating imams,” “illegal religious activities,” and “inciting ethnic hatred and discrimination.” This is the Chinese Communist Party’s newest round of crackdown on Islam – the...
The trial of Gao Yu , a journalist detained in April, is scheduled to begin on Friday, November 21. Prosecutors have charged the 70-year-old activist with “illegally disseminating state secrets” for leaking a Communist Party directive warning against the dangers of “universal values.” If convicted, Gao faces a sentence of up to life in prison. Also on November 21, a court in Urumqi will hear the...
The founder and president of the organization Women's Rights Without Frontiers Reggie Littlejohn published an Op-ed on CNN condemn forced abortion and gendercide. She writes: "In China, the birth ratio of girls to boys is the most skewed in the world -- approximately 100 girls born for every 118 boys. When couples are restricted to one child, women often become the focus of intense pressure by...

Commentaries

“Like the fall of Bo Xilai before it, last week’s announcement of a disciplinary investigation into former security chief Zhou Yongkang has been hailed by state media as a demonstration of China’s rule of law. Such a conclusion, even given Beijing’s idiosyncratic interpretation of the phrase, is at least premature,” writes China Digital Times’s Samuel Wade . “Discussing the subject with Jeremy Goldkorn and David Moser on the Sinica Podcast last Sunday, George Washington University law professor...
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 newspapers filled with nothing but good news, there are good men in jail.” A quick glance at the front page of China Daily’s USA edition certainly proves this true. Although the news is not entirely positive – even in this English language edition, America bashing proves commonplace – the front page...
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 journal published in print in December 2013. Titled "A Jail by Any Other Name," the article puts forth the argument that although the abolition of this relic of Maoist repression is a welcome development, such reform does not address the more fundamental injustice of officially sanctioned arbitrary...