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A group of petitioners who had been held in an illegal “black jail” filed suit, presumably under the Administrative Litigation Law, against the government officials who kidnapped them in Beijing. Provincial and local governments rely on these makeshift detention facilities, commonly referred to as...
As the South China Morning Post points out, and as the Laogai Research Foundation predicted last year, Chinese authorities have increasingly relied on criminal detention and alternative forms of administrative detention to jail activists following the abolition of re-education-through-labor (RTL)...
A court in Beijing sentenced four activists on charges of “gathering a crowd to disturb public order” on account of their participation in the New Citizens Movement, a loose collection of activists and lawyers who seek to promote the rule of law and have called on government officials to publicly...
Popular Chinese-American venture capitalist and blogger Charles Xue was released on bail after spending nearly eight months under detention for allegedly spreading rumors online. Chinese authorities released Xue on bail to allow him to seek medical attention for a serious illness, a gesture of...
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...

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

On April 21, Minister Plenipotentiary and Deputy Chief of Mission of the Japanese Embassy in the US Hiroyasu Izumi visited the Laogai Research Foundation. Mr. Izumi and LRF Executive Director Harry...
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...
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