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

Ye Shaohua was accused of “collaborating with overseas enemies” after expressing his wish to travel overseas and unite with family members in a letter sent to a relative in the U.S. Ye was labeled a “counterrevolutionary” and sentenced to...

News & Views

Xi Jinping’s stance on NGOs becomes murkier everyday. Whereas human rights groups have noted that the Party’s suppression of NGOs has been consistent over the last year, evidence has recently surfaced to the contrary. Specifically, the New York Times recently noted that new regulations in Guangzhou “have intensified scrutiny of nonprofit organizations that receive foreign donations, and the...
After arresting 81-year-old dissident writer Tie Liu and his caregiver in mid-September, Chinese authorities today sentenced Tie to two-and-a-half years in prison on charges of “illegal business activity.” In addition to the prison sentence, Tie was fined 30,000 yuan. Tie’s sentence, however, was suspended for four years, allowing him to avoid prison time if he does not break the law in the...
Norwegian police ordered a Chinese doctoral student studying in Norway to leave the country before January 23. According to Norwegian authorities, the expulsion stemmed from fears that the student would use his expertise in wind-power technology "for military purposes in other countries." The expulsion is almost certainly a diplomatic gesture in defiance of China’s incarceration of Nobel laureate...

Commentaries

With the rise of ISIS to prominence as a political entity in the Middle East, fears of its further influence dominate headlines. Because most of the discussion surrounding ISIS in particular and radical Islam in general is confined to developments in the Middle East, some scholars overlook these issues in their global context. Islam is a global religion and discontent that fosters militancy is a global concern. With that said, scholars ought to study the triangular relationship between radical...
On January 29, Laogai Research Foundation Executive Director Harry Wu was interviewed by Radio Free Asia. During the interview, Wu discussed the remarkable success of the Chinese company Alibaba in the U.S. marketplace. Moreover, Wu commented on Alibaba's founder and owner Jack Ma's adroit ability to conduct his business under an authoritarian regime. Furthermore, Wu discussed the abolition of laojiao, or Re-education Through Labor, and the Chinese government's recent announcement that it will...
President Barack Obama and the Dalai Lama attended the National Prayer Breakfast today at the Washington Hilton. The annual event draws thousands of political and spiritual leaders from across the world. Because of the event’s sheer size, and because of the sensitive diplomatic triangle that encompasses the unique political interests of Tibet, China, and the United States, it is unclear if President Obama and the Dalai Lama were afforded the opportunity to share more than simple pleasantries...