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...
On Wednesday, November 20, 2013, The Laogai Research Foundation held a press conference at the Cannon house Office Building of the US House of Representatives on cannibalism during the Great Famine and the Cultural Revolution. Congresswoman Ileana...
The Laogai Research Foundation participated in a conference and photo exhibition held by the World Youth Alliance in New York City from October 25-27. The theme of the conference was the commodification of the person. The Laogai Research Foundation...
On October 10, Laogai Research Foundation Executive Director Harry Wu spoke to a group of law school students at American University Washington College of Law regarding contemporary and historical human rights abuses in China. Harry spoke at length...

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China’s National Security Commission, the establishment of which was announced at the Third Plenum in November, met for the first time on Tuesday. As expected, President Xi’s comments about the substance of the meeting indicate that the commission will focus heavily on domestic security issues. In...
As expected, on Friday a Beijing court upheld the conviction of civil rights activist Xu Zhiyong, a prominent lawyer and activist associated with the New Citizens Movement. In January, a court sentenced Xu to five years in prison for “disturbing public order” on account of his participation in...
Demonstrating resolve to continue championing civil rights and strengthening Chinese civil society, the New Citizens Movement recently created a website in the midst of an ongoing crackdown against its participants. The website’s launch comes as two lawyers representing two participants in the...
Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Stan Lubman argues that the lack of an independent, impartial legal system with exclusive authority to handle criminal corruption cases fundamentally undermines Chinese President Xi Jinping's ongoing anti-corruption campaign. Rather than representing meaningful...
The second trial of two participants in the New Citizens Movement, Ding Jiaxi and Li Wei, began in Beijing on Tuesday. As with Xu Zhiyong, the two have been charged with “gathering a crowd to disturb public order,” a crime that carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison. Their first trial...

LRF Commentaries

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...
Since the fall of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s, much archival information has been released revealing the extent of famine in Soviet-controlled Ukraine in the early 1930s. The information is...

LRF Events

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...
On Wednesday, November 20, 2013, The Laogai Research Foundation held a press conference at the Cannon house Office Building of the US House of Representatives on cannibalism during the Great Famine...
The Laogai Research Foundation participated in a conference and photo exhibition held by the World Youth Alliance in New York City from October 25-27. The theme of the conference was the...
On October 10, Laogai Research Foundation Executive Director Harry Wu spoke to a group of law school students at American University Washington College of Law regarding contemporary and historical...
Speaking at Cato Institute on Thursday, September 26, Harry Wu delivered a moving speech describing the suffering he endured under Mao's rule in China. Mr. Wu presented his firsthand account of life...
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