News & Views

Chinese police arrested 81-year-old dissident writer Tie Liu and his caregiver after carrying out a raid on his home in Beijing on Sunday morning. During the raid, police reportedly confiscated four computers, an ipad, his cell phone, and volumes of books. Authorities detained Tie for “picking...
Authorities in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province arrested Chen Shuqing, a core member of the China Democracy Party, on charges of “subversion of state power.” Chen’s arrest comes after authorities detained another China Democracy Party member, Lu Gengsong, on the same charges. Chen previously served a...
Yang Maodong, a prominent political activist, is set to stand trial on Friday for disrupting public order, a charge stemming from his participation in a demonstration protesting the Communist Party’s censorship of an editorial published in the Southern Weekend newspaper in January 2013 calling for...
The All China Journalists’ Association, the government agency tasked with regulating professional Chinese journalists, published guidelines this past Saturday ordering Chinese journalists to learn “Marxist news values” and uphold the principles of news as prescribed by the Communist Party. The...
Chinese authorities detained Li Xianting and Wang Hongwei, two organizers of the 11th Annual Beijing Independent Film Festival, after the shutting down the event on its opening day – Sunday, August 24. Wang Shu, a colleague of the detained event organizers, told reporters that Li and Wang had been...

LRF Commentaries

“Like the fall of Bo Xilai before it, last week’s announcement of a disciplinary investigation into former security chief Zhou Yongkang has been hailed by state media as a demonstration of China’s...
Daniel Patrick Moynihan, famed American political sociologist and member of four presidential administrations from Kennedy to Ford, once remarked that “If a person goes to a country and finds their...
American University Washington College of Law published the online version of the Laogai Research Foundation's commentary on the abolition of China's reeducation-through-labor system, which the...
Although economic reforms have been the focus of China’s Central Committee conferences this past week, significant strides were made in social policy as well. In addition to changes of the country’s...
“We must firmly establish, throughout society, the authority of the Constitution and the law.” This was not the rallying cry of a Chinese dissident encouraging fellow activists from behind bars, but...

LRF Events

On June 20, the Laogai Research Foundation held a press conference at the National Press Club for Stuart Foster, and American professor recently released from an eight-month sentence at a Chinese...
On December 14, 2013 Stuart Foster, a college professor and former Fulbright scholar, was released from his eight-month sentence at the Baiyun Detention Center in Guangzhou, China, one of 1,398...
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre. In the early morning of June 4, 1989, the People’s Liberation Army, equipped with tanks and assault rifles, massacred an unknown...
Please join us in remembering the victims of the June 4th, 1989 turmoil When: May 31 to June 4, 2014 from 4-6:30pm Where: 1734 20th St., Washington D.C., 20009 Event starts at 4pm every afternoon...
On April 21, Minister Plenipotentiary and Deputy Chief of Mission of the Japanese Embassy in the US Hiroyasu Izumi visited the Laogai Research Foundation. Mr. Izumi and LRF Executive Director Harry...
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