Event

China executed approximately 2,400 people in 2013. China executes more people every year than the rest of the world combined. It puts more people to death per week than the U.S. does per year. Currently, 55 crimes are punishable by death, many of which are nonviolent or economic offenses. In addition, China’...

Reports

“Criminalizing Dissent” is a historical report highlighting the exceedingly parallel histories of China and Cuba from 1949-1979. In addition to comparing the development of the revolutionary...

Publications

An eloquent and vivid summary in shocking, never-before-seen photographs smuggled out of the People Republic of China, LAOGAI exposes the human rights record of the world’s most authoritarian state—a nation whose own remarkable...

News & Views

The National People’s Congress announced today that it passed an extensive new national security law. Not surprisingly, the law was passed without a single vote against. The new law, although shying from specifics, outlines China’s ambitious security goals. According to some China experts, however, the law’s purpose is not to clearly differentiate between acceptable and unacceptable practices as...
Authorities in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong have placed dozens of activists under surveillance after they planned to attend the subversion trial of three prominent rights lawyers on Friday. Tang Jingling, Wang Qingying, and Yuan Xinting, known as the Guangzhou Three, will stand trial on Friday at the Guangzhou Intermediate People's Court for "incitement to subvert state power" after...
A new documentary has been made by filmmaker Frank McCaffrey capturing Activist Wu’s life, oppression under Chinese communism, and the horrors of the Laogai prison camps. The documentary is free and available to be watched on the Laogai Research Foundation’s YouTube page .

Commentaries

On June 8th the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) published a white paper analyzing China’s progress on human rights in 2014. The authorship would have made the paper’s reliability inherently dubious, even if the intent had been to genuinely analyze China’s 2014 human rights record. The actual report however, made no such efforts, and instead can only be read as a painfully transparent attempt to use rhetoric to obscure the CCP’s continued blatant violation of the human rights law codified in the...
Nearly three weeks have passed since The Wall Street Journal published David Shambaugh’s “The Coming Chinese Crackup.” Contemporary China scholars have almost uniformly applauded Shambaugh’s analysis and welcomed his controversial thesis of the Chinese Communist Party’s imminent fall. Citing five “cracks,” including a troubled economy, uncontrollable corruption, regime loyalists who lack vigor, Xi’s crackdown campaign that affirms “anxiety and insecurity” within the central leadership, and...
The Laogai Research Foundation is currently editing and hoping to publish a manuscript in the coming months that highlights China's most infamous prison, Qincheng Prison. The working title of the manuscript is A Product of the Revolution: Qincheng Prison and its Prisoners . The following is a sample of the manuscript, written by the manuscript's editor. Editor's Note At its core, A Product of the Revolution is a testimony to the enduring and collective spirit of the Chinese political dissident...