LRF Executive Director Harry Wu Discusses the Abolition of laojiao

On January 29, Laogai Research Foundation Executive Director Harry Wu was interviewed by Radio Free Asia. During the interview, Wu discussed the remarkable success of the Chinese company Alibaba in the U.S. marketplace. Moreover, Wu commented on Alibaba's founder and owner Jack Ma's adroit ability to conduct his business under an authoritarian regime. Furthermore, Wu discussed the abolition of laojiao, or Re-education Through Labor, and the Chinese government's recent announcement that it will stop using organs from executed prisoners for transplantation. Wu said, "the Chinese government says they are going to stop the practice, but they never mentioned why and whether it will compensate the families of those whose organs have been forcefully taken."

Please watch the full interview here (in Chinese). 



Re-education Through Labor (laojiao) was established in 1956, even though the practice can be traced back to the 1920s at the Chinese Communist Party’s “revolutionary bases.” Laojiao was originally established in order to reeducate perceived “counter-revolutionaries” whose crimes were deemed not...
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