Press Releases

Laogai Museum Welcomes His Holiness the Dalai Lama

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Wed, 10/07/2009

Press Release: Laogai Museum welcomes His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Washington DC, October 7th-
Following his presentation at the 2009 Light of Truth Awards this afternoon, His Holiness the Dalai Lama visited the Laogai Museum, the first museum in the world to focus solely on human rights abuses in the People’s Republic of China, both past and present.

Laogai Museum Now Open to the Public

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Thu, 11/13/2008

Washington, DC, Nov. 13 –
Renowned Chinese dissident, Harry Wu, has opened the Laogai Museum in
Washington, DC, which is the first of its kind within the U.S. to directly address human rights topics in China. Its focus
will be the Laogai -- the most extensive system of forced labor camps in the world.  
In 1960, at age 23, Wu was sentenced to life in the Laogai for criticizing the Communist Party and its support for the

LRF Condemns Violence in Xinjiang and the Communist Regime’s Unjust Accusation of Rebiya Kadeer

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Mon, 07/20/2009

Washington D.C., July 20- As the death tolls connected with the Xinjiang riots rapidly approach 200, the world is reminded
of the tragedy associated with interethnic strife under a repressive regime.  Communist crackdown in the
Xinjiang region this past July, has only further demonstrated the consequences of the severe repression of the
Uighur people.   

ARREST OF DISSIDENT LATEST SIGN THAT CHINA WON’T BUDGE ON HUMAN RIGHTS Zhou Yuanzhi Arrested For “Inciting Subversion of State Power”

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Thu, 05/08/2008

Washington, DC, May 08 – Since the beginning of this year, China has demonstrated again and
again that it will not fulfill the promises it made during its bid to host the 2008 Olympic Games
to improve human rights, particularly by permitting greater freedom of expression. Hu Jia, a
prominent AIDS and environmental activist, was arrested late last year and subsequently
sentenced to three and a half years in prison for “inciting subversion of state power”. In March,
following protests in Tibet and neighboring provinces, hundreds of Tibetans were killed and
thousands arrested in the ensuing police crackdown. Now, details are emerging of the arrest of
yet another prominent government critic ahead of this summer’s Olympic Games.

Laogai Research Foundation participates in world-wide events to launch newest publication, LAOGAI: THE MACHINERY OF REPRESSION IN CHINA

Releases Date: 

Thu, 10/01/2009


HONG KONG: EXHIBITION AND LECTURE SEPTEMBER 23RD TO OCTOBER 1ST, 2009--Laogai Research Foundation, the Laogai Museum and the Hong Kong 57 Association will be hosting "The Human Cost: Stories from China's Laogai," in various locations throughout Hong Kong.  The exhibition will detail the atrocities committed in China's vast system of "reform through labor" camps and will be shown at multiple venues, including the Chinese University of Hong Kong and street locations in the bustling Mong Kok and Causeway Bay districts. Images from the book will be included in these events. LRF Washington DC Director, Nicole Kempton, will be speaking at the Foreign Correspondent's Club on September 23, 2009 at 12:45 pm (Hong Kong time) to formally launch Laogai: The Machinery of Repression in China across Asia. 

WASHINGTON, DC: CONGRESSIONAL HEARING SEPTEMBER--LRF Founder and Executive Director Harry Wu will be testifying before the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission of the United States Congress on the continued use of forced labor throughout China and the export of products made with forced labor to the US. On this same day, members of Congress will receive copies of Laogai: the Machinery of Repression in China, to keep human rights at the center of Sino-U.S. dialogue.


Laogai Research Foundation to Launch New English-Language Publication and Traveling Museum Exhibition in Hong Kong to mark the Sixtieth Anniversary of CCP Rule.

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Mon, 09/21/2009
Washington, DC- September 21, 2009- From September 23-October 1, 2009, the Laogai Research Foundation (LRF) will be participating in a series of events in Hong Kong, condemning 60 years of repression under the Chinese Communist Party. Among these activities is the launch of a unique publication about China’s Laogai, or forced labor camps, entitled Laogai: The Machinery of Repression in China, published by Umbrage Editions in New York.