Harry Wu

The Story of Harry Wu

Harry Wu was a political prisoner in China for nineteen years after being labeled as a counter-revolutionary by the government. Originally from Shanghai, he was part of the so-called bourgeoisie class and was a university student in Wuhan before he was unjustly imprisoned, without even a trial. He spent much of his time working in extremely treacherous conditions in a prison mine.

Harry Wu, Who Told World of Abuses in China, Dies at 79

Harry Wu, who was brutalized for 19 years in Communist Chinese prison labor camps and who had ever since then refused to let the world overlook human rights violations in his former homeland, died on Tuesday in Honduras, where he was vacationing. He was 79.

His death was confirmed by Ann Noonan, administrator of the Laogai Research Foundation in Washington, which Mr. Wu founded in 1992.

A Good Evening for a Hangin'

At half past five it was indeed a happy hour in the rapturous room of 2173 in the Rayburn building. Honorable Ileana Ros-Lehtinen was to unveil her Chairman of House Foreign Affairs Committee portrait, a position she held from 2011 to 2013. In front of an eager crowd of friends, family and supporters, Representative Ros-Lehtinen arrived with an aura of infectious energy.

Harry Wu Discusses the Two-child Policy in China

The Eighth Communist Party of China (CPC) Fifth Plenum Session of the Central Committee has been canceled as of late October rescinding the one-child policy. All Chinese couples will have full liberalization for larger families with the current two-child policy, but public opinion is still apprehensive. 

Harry Wu at the Radio Free Asia studio gives insight into the new two-child policy in China, November 4, 2015, (photo courtesy of Radio Free Asia)

Harry Wu Profiled in the Washington Free Beacon

In an article published last week in the Washington Free Beacon, journalist Daniel Wiser discusses the life and work of Laogai Research Foundation Executive Director Harry Wu, who established the Laogai Museum in 2008. The Laogai Museum is the only museum in the world dedicated to exposing historical and contemporary human rights abuses perpetrated by the Chinese Communist Party.

Harry Wu Speaks at American University Washington College of Law

harry at podium.jpgOn 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 about censorship, religious freedom, and the Chinese Communist Party's extensive system of Laogai labor camps. The law school's journal Human Rights Brief will publish an article Mr.

Harry Wu Describes His Experience During Post-Liberation China at Cato Institute

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 in China as a "class enemy" during the 1950's in an effort to promote author and historian Frank Dikotter's new book The Tragedy of Liberation: A History of the Chinese Revolution 1945-1957. Mr. Dikotter also provided expert insight into the pervasive violence and immense suffering that characterized Communist China during this era. 

Harry Wu and LRF Staff Give Museum Tour to Over 100 Students

IMG_1715.JPG A group of 107 high school students visited the Laogai Museum as part of Hampton University’s Pre-College Summer Program. The students received guided tours of the artifacts on display in the museum from Laogai Research Foundation staff and were treated to a presentation delivered by Executive Director Harry Wu on his experiences in China’s laogai system. The Chinese Communist Party arrested Mr.

Who will rally to the aid of the Tibetans who have self-immolated?

On September 18, the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly met at United Nations Headquarters in New York. That morning, about 500 Tibetans gathered in front of United Nations Headquarters for a demonstration, chanting sutras on behalf of those who self-immolated, those who were persecuted and imprisoned, and those who have been sent to the laogai. Those 500 Tibetans were also there to protest the Chinese Communist Party's persecution of Tibetans and to call upon the world to support human rights for the Tibetan people.