Press Releases

LRF Will Hold Press Conference for Yu Jie

Releases Date: 

Thu, 09/27/2012

Press Release

for the press conference to be held on behalf of Yu Jie


Contact:        James Zhang, Research Fellow

                    Laogai Research Foundation

                    1734 Twentieth Street, Northwest

                    Washington, DC 20009


September 27, 2012




Yu Jie’s New Books—Criticizing Hu Jintao and Releasing Liu Xiaobo


Harry Wu to Launch New Book, "Qincheng Prison", at Taipei International Book Exhibition

Releases Date: 

Mon, 01/30/2012

For Immediate Release:

Washington, DC January 30, 2012 - The Laogai Research Foundation (LRF) will participate in the Taipei International Book Exhibition at the Taipei World Trade Center from February 1st to 6th. LRF director and human rights activist Harry Wu will personally announce the launch of his latest work, “Qincheng Prison”, and the Laogai Research Foundation’s publication of “If It Is For Freedom – Essays by Liu Xianbin” in Chinese. English editions of the two books are soon to follow. Other books available for purchase at LRF’s exhibition booth will include two Chinese works by Nobel Peace Prize Winner Liu Xiaobo, 30 volumes of the foundation’s Black Series authored by prison camp survivors, and various works on human rights abuse in China. 

PRESS CONFERENCE: Chinese Dissident Yu Jie Speaks Out

Releases Date: 

Tue, 01/17/2012

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Chinese Dissident Yu Jie Speaks Out

January 17, 2012 – Washington, DC – On Wednesday, January 18th, the Laogai Research Foundation will host a press conference at The National Press Club for Chinese dissident writer Yu Jie. The press conference will give Yu a chance to address the media with his story of imprisonment and torture, as well as his family’s life under house arrest and 24-hour surveillance.

Yu arrived in the U.S. a week ago, along with his wife and young son. Due to his writings critical of the Chinese government and his close friendship with 2010 Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo, Yu and his family have been victims of persecution since December 2010.

Yu Jie Finally Comes to the U.S.

Releases Date: 

Fri, 01/13/2012

CECC Hearing on “One Year After the Nobel Peace Prize Award to Liu Xiaobo: Conditions for Political Prisoners and Prospects for Political Reform”

Releases Date: 

Fri, 12/02/2011

On Tuesday, December 6, the Congressional-Executive Commission on China will hold the hearing: “One Year After the Nobel Peace Prize Award to Liu Xiaobo: Conditions for Political Prisoners and Prospects for Political Reform” to discuss the ongoing persecution and detention of dissidents in China.

Dissidents' Stories Told at Hearing on “China’s Censorship of the Internet and Social Media: The Human Toll & Trade Impact”

Releases Date: 

Fri, 11/18/2011

18 November 2011 – Washington, D.C.

Yesterday, the Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) held a hearing on “China’s Censorship of the Internet and Social Media: The Human Toll & Trade Impact.” Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ), Chairman of the Commission, convened the hearing by thanking victims of China’s repressive policies for speaking out on behalf of those whose voices have been muzzled.

Smith noted that Chinese internet users must, “weigh their choices each time they click a button,” which is true for the father of the first witness, Alex Li (download testimony below). His father, Li Yuanlong, was a reporter who began to write articles about sensitive social issues and government policies. He was arrested and sentenced to two years in prison for posting four articles on blocked websites. At the time, Alex was only 17 years old, but the police took him away and interrogated him about his father’s actions without notifying his parents. Alex told how the police used his family computer’s Microsoft licensing information to track their IP address. He posed the question, “how could the public security officers be able to track my father down if it weren’t for advanced technologies provided by companies like Cisco?”

The second witness, Pastor John Zhang (download testimony below), came to the U.S. after being persecuted for his involvement in both the Tiananmen Square democracy movement and in China’s underground Christian house churches. He has helped to bring several dissidents and their families to the U.S., and so he was able to share the heartbreaking impact of censorship related persecution.

Pastor Zhang related the experiences of 14-year-old Chen Qiao, daughter of the prominent dissident writer Liu Xianbin. Liu spent 11 of the last 14 years in prison, which meant he has become like a stranger to his own daughter. He is currently serving his third prison sentence, again for posting articles on overseas websites. Gesturing to Chen Qiao who was seated in the audience, Pastor Zhang lamented that Liu will not be there for his daughter for the next 10 years - her adolescent years, a critical time in any child’s life. (Chen Qiao's testimony can be downloaded below)

CECC Hearing on “China's Censorship of the Internet and Social Media: The Human Toll and Trade Impact”

Releases Date: 

Fri, 11/11/2011

(11 November, 2011) - Washington, D.C.- On November 17, 2011, the Congressional-Executive Commission on China will hold a hearing on “China's Censorship of the Internet and Social Media: The Human Toll and Trade Impact” to discuss the devastating effects of China’s internet censorship. 

Statements About Yu Ling's Litigation

Releases Date: 

Thu, 10/27/2011

With the coordination of attorneys of both sides, the case of Yu Ling et al v. Harry Wu, Laogai Research Foundation, Yahoo! Human Rights Fund and Yahoo! Human Rights Organization will soon come to an end. The case has taken a long time:  more than a year from May or June 2010 when Yu Ling hired a lawyer to start the case, nine months from January 2011 when Yu Ling's last lawyer submitted the accusation to court, and six months from April 2011 when Yu Ling's lawyer withdrew the complaint seeking a peaceful settlement.

Now that the case, which has harmed the Laogai Research Foundation and Harry Wu, is on the brink of settlement, we make the following statements: 

  • 1)      In 2007, with the help of the Laogai Research Foundation and Harry Wu, Yu Ling received as much as compensation $ 3.2 million in compensation from the Yahoo! Inc. Adhering to a previous commitment, she donated $ 1 million to the Laogai Research Foundation. For security reasons, she entrusted Harry Wu to be temporarily responsible for keeping the remaining $2.2 million in the United States. Neither Harry Wu nor anyone in the Laogai Research Foundation has ever held any doubt that this $ 2.2 million is Yu Ling's personal assets; it is only according to this agreement that we managed the money on behalf of the owner Yu Ling.