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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

文彻赫恩是满清望族的后裔,曾是热血革命青年,参加过1947的学生运动,49年参加解放军南下,57年毕业于上海戏剧学院,同年被划为极右分子,58年被逮捕入狱,78年被平反。文彻赫恩曾执导和演出过多部歌剧、话剧和电影,才华横溢,可惜生不逢时,从26岁起共失去二十年的人身自由,其中经历了饥饿、疾病及虐待的摧残,身心俱创。80年代,他带着受伤的心离开中国,移居美国至今。

News & Views

The five Chinese women's right activists originally detained in early March have been released after more than a month in the Haidian Detention Center outside of Beijing. The five—Wei Tingting, Wang Man, Zheng Churan, Li Tingting, and Wu Rongrong—were detained on the eve of International Women’s Day for planning a campaign against sexual harassment on public transportation. The release of the...
Per multiple reports, Xue Feng, a Chinese born US citizen, was released from Beijing Number 2 Prison recently. Xue was originally detained in November 2007 for “stealing state secrets.” The charge stemmed from allegations that Xue had relayed sensitive information regarding the Chinese oil industry to foreigners while on a business trip. According to Xue, however, the information was only...
Laogai Research Foundation board member Ann Noonan writes on Radio World about the necessity and importance of radio broadcasting to countries where the Internet is censored and where many cannot afford cell phones. Ms. Noonan talks about her own experience in 1995 when she attended the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing. She says, "While in China, I attended an illegal meeting with...

Commentaries

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...
Last month we wrote a commentary that sought to answer this question: Will Xinjiang radicalize in response to continued Chinese suppression? At the time, our answer was quite ambiguous. "Xinjiang’s status as a police-state undoubtedly quells the transfer of jihadist propaganda and probably dissuades terrorist acts, yet the brutal suppression of traditional and docile Uyghur customs[1] by Chinese authorities undoubtedly fosters resentment that could prove to be a radicalizing force. Moreover, if...