FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Chinese Dissident Yu Jie Speaks Out
January 17, 2012 – Washington, DC – On Wednesday, January 18th, the Laogai Research Foundation will host a press conference at The National Press Club for Chinese dissident writer Yu Jie. The press conference will give Yu a chance to address the media with his story of imprisonment and torture, as well as his family’s life under house arrest and 24-hour surveillance.
Yu arrived in the U.S. a week ago, along with his wife and young son. Due to his writings critical of the Chinese government and his close friendship with 2010 Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo, Yu and his family have been victims of persecution since December 2010.
Although Yu Jie has visited the U.S. on a number of occasions, time and again, he chose to return to China. This time, he had no choice but to come back to the U.S. so that he can speak freely about his experience and write freely as well.
Yu’s personal story is only the tip of the iceberg as the Chinese communist regime tightens its grip on dissidents. The U.S. government and the international community cannot ignore the recent deterioration of human rights in China.
The National Press Club
14th St. NW, 13th Floor
Washington, DC 20045
1:00 pm, Wednesday, January 18th
For more information, please contact:
Laogai Research Foundation