News & Views

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...
Five Tibetans are reported dead after police opened fire at protesters in southwestern Sichuan province on Monday. The protests erupted after police detained a respected leader who disagreed with authorities over the harassment of female community members by local officials and the enactment of...
Gao Zhisheng, a prominent lawyer released from prison last week, was reportedly physically and psychologically tortured while in custody. According to his lawyer, Jared Genser, Gao spent his three-year prison sentence isolated in a small cell, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year....
Defying China’s increasingly intensive and brutal crackdown on dissent, filmmaker Hu Jie recently released Spark, a documentary that exposes the horrific reality of the Great Famine of 1958-1961 through interviews with survivors. The three-year famine resulted in the deaths of as many as 45 million...
Prominent rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng was released from prison on August 7 after serving a three-year term for “violating probation rules.” Gao, a self-taught lawyer who the Communist Party once heralded as one of China’s top ten attorneys, first ran into trouble in 2005 when he renounced his...

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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