Event

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 detention center. Mr. Foster described the torture his fellow inmates endured and how he was forced to assemble...

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

Huang Zhan was arrested after the Communists took power in 1949 and sentenced to 15 years in the Laogai in the remote northeast area of Beidahuang. During his time there, he escaped death numerous times - narrowly escaping a death sentence...

News & Views

On January 7, two masked gunmen forced their way into the office of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo and killed 12 people. The world largely responded to the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack as a sign that free speech should be wholeheartedly defended, even among those whom the newspaper mocked. In China, however, reactions have been different. China's propaganda mouthpiece, Xinhua News...
According to a report by the Committee to Protect Journalists, China currently jails more journalists than any other country in the world. The report states that 44 journalists are currently imprisoned in Chinese jails, up from 32 incarcerated journalists the previous year. CPJ further asserted that China now imprisons more journalists than at any other time since the group began tracking such...
Hada, an ethnic Mongolian activist, was released from detention last month after spending nearly 20 years in custody. Hada was first arrested in 1996 and tried in secret on charges of separatism. The court sentenced him to a 15-year prison sentence followed by 4 years of “deprivation of political rights.” Although deprivation of political rights typically refers to the denial of the right to...

Commentaries

Xinhua News, China’s premier state media outlet, recently tweeted an article titled “High Abortion Rate Triggers Fears for Young Women.” The article mentions terrible potential side effects of abortions: future ectopic pregnancies, bacterial infections, and sterility. The article does not mention, however, the state’s role in propagating such side effects through forced-abortions. Certainly forced-abortions have become less of a problem in China over the last few years. Relaxing the One Child...
Westerners have almost uniformly understood China since Mao as a liberalizing country. No longer do political campaigns bypass liberal principles in the name of revolution. And no longer does China pursue policies that limit foreign influence in the Chinese economy. Perhaps the 1989 Tiananmen Massacre awakened some to the lack of liberalization in China, but 25 years is long enough to foster forgetfulness or enable some to lessen the Massacre as an aberration in a liberalization narrative...
This week’s special report from Freedom House, titled “The Politburo’s Predicament,” is an enlightening report on the worsening state of human rights in China. The report notes the variety of tactics that the CCP has used recently to protect its power. Specifically, the report argues that expanded targeting, reviving Maoist practices, and “concentrating power at the very top” headline the Party’s recent repressive tactics. The predicament that the report’s title references is explained...