A group of students from American University's human rights program visited the Laogai Museum on January 27. The students received guided tours of the artifacts on display in the museum from Laogai Research Foundation staff and were treated to a presentation delivered by Executive Director Harry Wu on his experiences in China’s laogai system. Issues discussed during the tour included how the Chinese Communist Party has maintained power over the decades and what China’s human rights legacy will be as it becomes more of global power.
The Laogai Museum features exhibits, archived documents, and original artifacts depicting the horrors of China’s laogai system, China’s vast system of detention facilities in which countless political prisoners are incarcerated. The museum exists to raise awareness of the laogai system and human rights abuses perpetrated by the Chinese Communist Party.