Event

This Saturday, June 4, 2016 is the 27th Anniversary of the Tian'anmen Square Massacre and Tank Man act of bravery. In honor of this momentous occasion, the Laogai Museum will be playing The Tank Man , a PBS Frontline Documentary (published April 12, 2006) in the museum's main lobby.

News & Views

After decades of being locked out of China, the Holy See seems to be on the path to a rapprochement with Beijing. But coming at a time when Beijing is cracking down on religious freedom at levels not seen since the Cultural Revolution, the prospect has become deeply troubling to many in the Church. Following a number of high-profile missions by the Vatican to China, a deal is “in the works,”...
Entertainment events celebrating the life of Adolf Hitler or Pol Pot would not go down well in most cities. Yet in Sydney and Melbourne, concerts planned for early next month will celebrate the life of Mao Zedong—a ruler many consider one of the worst mass-murderers in history. The concerts, marking the 40th anniversary of Chairman Mao’s death on Sept. 9, 1976, will take place on Sept. 6 in...
I received a call from a former prisoner of conscious still living in China. The caller gave his condolences and asked for information on Mr. Wu. He also asked whether the Laogai Research Foundation would continue to sponsor jailed dissidents or their families. I replied that all of the application forms are still on Laogai’s website with no changes, so I believe the Foundation would continue as...

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

An eloquent and vivid summary in shocking, never-before-seen photographs smuggled out of the People Republic of China, LAOGAI exposes the human rights record of the world’s most authoritarian state—a nation whose own remarkable...

Commentaries

Breaking It All Down This week, as President Xi Jinping commences talks with the Prime Minister of Great Britain, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) recalls the Obama-Xi Summit. On Tuesday the 20th of October 2015, host Bob Schieffer conducted an in-depth discussion with three eminent panelists: Kurt Campbell Chairman and CEO of Asia Group, Demetri Sevastopulo Washington Bureau Chief for the Financial Times, and Chris Johnson senior adviser and Freeman Chair in China...
Decoding the historical revisionism in the V-Day parade, and understanding the implications of Xi Jinping's proposed military scaleback.
In the summer of 2001, shortly after Beijing won the bid for the 2008 summer Olympics, Chinese Minister of Sport Yuan Weimin stated that the Olympics and would bring “progress in human rights causes.” Mr. Yuan was not alone in his unbridled optimism. François Carrard, the Executive Director of the International Olympic Committee, betted that rewarding China with the games would improve its human rights situation: “Bet on the fact that in the coming seven years, openness, progress, and...