Event

On October 28, Laogai Research Foundation's Executive Director Harry Wu attended the National Day Celebration at the Czech Republic Embassy in Washington D.C. During the celebration, the Czech Republic Ambassador to the United States Petr Gandalovič made a speech expressing gratitude to the US's continuous...

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

In April 1960 Chinese Communist authorities arrested Harry Wu. The son of a well-to-do Shanghai banker, he was cast into a Laogai prison labor camp. Though never formally charged or tried, he spent the next 19 years in a hellish...

News & Views

According to a report by the Committee to Protect Journalists, China currently jails more journalists than any other country in the world. The report states that 44 journalists are currently imprisoned in Chinese jails, up from 32 incarcerated journalists the previous year. CPJ further asserted that China now imprisons more journalists than at any other time since the group began tracking such...
Hada, an ethnic Mongolian activist, was released from detention last month after spending nearly 20 years in custody. Hada was first arrested in 1996 and tried in secret on charges of separatism. The court sentenced him to a 15-year prison sentence followed by 4 years of “deprivation of political rights.” Although deprivation of political rights typically refers to the denial of the right to...
A court in Urumqi, Xinjiang sentenced seven students of Ilham Tohti to prison terms of three to eight years on charges of separatism, the same charge for which Ilham is currently serving a life sentence. The students allegedly assisted Ilham in operating a website on which users discussed issues impacting the minority Uighur community. The court issued lighter sentences to students who testified...

Commentaries

As China further positions itself at the forefront of the international world order, so too does its military. According to the Defense Department’s “Annual Report to Congress: Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China,” the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has grown and modernized substantially over the last decade. Similar to the Cold War economy of 1960s America, China’s economy as of late has exhibited troubling signs of a military-industrial complex...
“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 rule of law. Such a conclusion, even given Beijing’s idiosyncratic interpretation of the phrase, is at least premature,” writes China Digital Times’s Samuel Wade . “Discussing the subject with Jeremy Goldkorn and David Moser on the Sinica Podcast last Sunday, George Washington University law professor...
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 newspapers filled with nothing but good news, there are good men in jail.” A quick glance at the front page of China Daily’s USA edition certainly proves this true. Although the news is not entirely positive – even in this English language edition, America bashing proves commonplace – the front page...