New Haven, CT --> Prague, Czech Republic
Welcome to our first segment of "Where in the World is Harry Wu?" It is Harry's personal belief that the world needs to know the truth about the Laogai and other human rights abuses committed by the Communist regime - that the more people who know the truth, the closer we will come to ending the brutal Laogai system. As such, Harry travels the world sharing his story and we wanted to share his travels with you.
It’s been a very busy week for human rights activist and LRF founder Harry Wu. Monday, February 22nd, 2010, Harry spoke at a Branford Master’s Tea at Yale University where he addressed how Chinese Americans can take action against China’s Laogai. Wu spoke to about 40 students, and the event was sponsored by the Chinese American Student Association.
Also this week, Wu journeyed to Prague, Czech Republic to offer the keynote address at the "Crimes of Communism" conference hosted by the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes. The conference seeks to address the legacy of communism in Europe, the continuance of Communism in other parts of the world, and how to address crimes against humanity committed under Communist regimes. Wu spoke on the continued struggle for freedom from Communist tyranny in China, "Communism is a crime. But today you have a conference to talk about it, and that's great," Wu said. "We have to clean it up. But the communists are still running things inside China. We cannot forget that." (Read more after the jump)
Wu went on to emphasize that though Communism had come to an end in Europe its global existence was still thriving. "In countries such as China, North Korea, and Vietnam, the abuses continue and the battle for freedom from tyranny is not over," Wu offered. Other speakers included: the President of the Czech Senate Jiri Liska, Vytautas Landsbergis, former President of Lithuania, and Zianon Pazniak, leader of the Belarusian opposition movement under communism.
Stay tuned for more "Where in the World is Harry Wu?"!