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

Chen Wenli grew up in a well-to-do, Westernized family. After graduating from high school in the 1950s, he joined the PLA and performed executions. During the Cultural Revolution, Chen was sentenced to 15 years for listening to foreign...

News & Views

“A Muslim was jailed for six years in China for refusing to shave off his beard, while his wife was imprisoned for two years for wearing a burqa.” This alarming report indicates an intensifying crackdown on traditional Uyghur customs in Xinjiang. A noticeable crackdown in Xinjiang began several months ago, however, jail sentences simply for appearance or attire have been relatively rare,...
The International Campaign for Tibet held a reception in Russell Senate Office Building to honor Mr. Lodi Gyari, who retired as Executive Chairman of our Board, in December 2014. Laogai Research Foundation Executive Director Harry Wu attended the events. Other participants included Democratic Leader Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, Senator Mark Kirk, Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Congressman Tom...
A group of students from University of Maryland’s Alternative Breaks program visited the Laogai Museum on March 16, 2015. The students received a guided tour of the artifacts on display in the museum from Laogai Research Foundation Executive Director Harry Wu. Mr. Wu also discussed with the students about his experiences in China’s laogai system. The Laogai Museum features exhibits, archived...

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...