Event

The Laogai Museum, the only museum in the United States solely dedicated to promoting human rights and exposing Communist Party persecution in the People’s Republic of China, is moving to a new location within the historic DuPont Circle neighborhood. The new location of the Museum will be at 1901 18th Street...

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

Chen Wenli grew up in a well-to-do, Westernized family. After graduating from high school in the 1950s, he joined the PLA and performed executions. During the Cultural Revolution, Chen was sentenced to 15 years for listening to foreign...

News & Views

Despite warnings from human rights groups, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) chose Beijing this morning for its 2022 winter games. In an almost laughable quote, IOC President Thomas Bach attempted to defer criticism by stating, "We know China will deliver on its promises." Since when has China ever delivered on its promises to respect human rights? In 2001 the IOC was duped into awarding...
The Congressional Executive Committee on China held a hearing today entitled “Religion with ‘Chinese Characteristics’: Persecution and Control in Xi Jinping’s China.” The hearing focused on the government’s infringements on freedom of religion, especially in the context of the recent arrest and detainment of over 230 human rights lawyers. Additionally, Committee members Senator Marco Rubio and...
Tibetan lama Tenzin Delek Rinpoche has died in a Chinese prison after more than 13 years behind bars. The influential lama was serving a suspended death sentence that was later commuted to life in prison for his supposed involvement in bombing a Sichuan park in 2002. Given his outspoken support of the Dalai Lama and his criticism of the Chinese Communist Party, his charges were almost certainly...

Commentaries

In the summer of 2001, shortly after Beijing won the bid for the 2008 summer Olympics, Chinese Minister of Sport Yuan Weimin stated that the Olympics and would bring “progress in human rights causes.” Mr. Yuan was not alone in his unbridled optimism. François Carrard, the Executive Director of the International Olympic Committee, betted that rewarding China with the games would improve its human rights situation: “Bet on the fact that in the coming seven years, openness, progress, and...
Famed Chinese artist and political critic Ai Weiwei had his passport returned to him by the Chinese government after it was confiscated four years ago. Ai had his passport confiscated by the Chinese government in 2011 while attempting to travel to Hong Kong amidst a roundup of political activists. In addition to the confiscation, Ai was detained for 81 days in Beijing’s International Airport. Known for his support of human rights through art, Ai has faced persecution throughout most of his life...
It is no secret that Chinese Communist Party authorities routinely treat deceased prisoners inhumanely . Involuntary organ harvesting from executed prisoners is well documented and has been widespread throughout China for at least a decade. Although the Party announced in late 2014 that it would end involuntary organ harvesting from prisoners by 2015, testimony seems to surface everyday confirming that organ harvesting continues. Accordingly, the mysterious death of imprisoned Tibetan spiritual...