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The Alexander Hamilton Institute (AHI) on Tuesday June 28 toured the Laogai Museum. The AHI, which is based in New York, selected 20 students from various universities around the United States for a two-week course in Washington, D.C. on national security. Students listen to an introduction at the Laogai Museum. This was the first student tour since the passing of Mr. Wu. At one time, student...Read more
Harry Wu was a political prisoner in China for nineteen years after being labeled as a counter-revolutionary by the government. Originally from Shanghai, he was part of the so-called bourgeoisie class and was a university student in Wuhan before he was unjustly imprisoned, without even a trial. He spent much of his time working in extremely treacherous conditions in a prison mine. His family fell...Read more
The Dalai Lama visits Washington D.C. this week. His Holiness spoke at length in both English and Tibetan on Monday at American University’s Bender Arena on a Peaceful Mind in a Modern World. Democratic House Leader Nancy Pelosi gave the opening speech praising His Holiness for his environmental awareness back in 1989 when he accepted the Nobel Peace Prize. Richard Gere quoted one of his favorite...Read more
We, the artist Michael Rogatchi and the author Inna Rogatchi were close friends with Harry for about 20 years, and his sudden death is felt both surreal and very painful to us. He was a true Hero of our time, and his absence will be indispensable forever. He was a unique man, and there will be no others like Harry. Four days ago, on May 21st, Inna Rogatchi had been taken the Harry’s place at the...Read more
Campaigner and gulag survivor who exposed ‘re-education’ system Harry Wu, a prominent Chinese human rights activist who has died in exile aged 79, spent years campaigning to expose and abolish China’s Soviet-style work camps. He survived 19 years in a Chinese gulag after being labeled a counter-revolutionary during the Mao Zedong-era purges of outspoken intellectuals of the 1950s and was...Read more
Harry Wu, who was brutally treated in Chinese prison labor camps for 19 years and managed to come to live in Milpitas in 1985, died at 79 last week. He battled all the years until his death to call attention to the human rights violations perpetrated in his homeland. Born to a well-off Roman Catholic banking family, Hongda Harry Wu was arrested at age 23 for protesting the Soviet invasion of...Read more
Transcript of Pelosi Press Conference Washington, D.C.--Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi held her weekly press conference on May 25, 2016. Below is a transcript of the press conference. I'm just running a little bit late. I just came from a memorial service for Harry Wu. His passing in April took us all by surprise. We were shocked and saddened by it. He was such a champion for human rights in...Read more
The Congress-Executive Commission on China (CECC) sent out a statement on June 6, 2016 exhorting Secretary Kerry to open up dialogue on Chinese issues. Statements by CECC Chairs on the Eve of U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue Urge Secretary Kerry to Raise Priority Prisoner Cases, Hong Kong’s Autonomy, Internet Freedom, and Overseas NGO Management Law (Washington DC)—As the eighth and...Read more
There was a time… On May 25, 2016, outside the sun was shining, summer was peeking from behind the rainy clouds of weeks’ past. The initial mourning had ended. For many, the loss has been difficult to bear. For others, anger, as there always is in times of death, “Why him? Why now?” When men were kind… In the elegant Members Room of the Library of Congress a tribute to a great man, some say a...Read more
June Fourth: Support the Call for Truth, Accountability, and Compensation June 3, 2016 This statement is available online As the June Fourth government crackdown on the 1989 Democracy Movement continues to recede into the past, and as victims’ families age and pass away, broad and more effective international actions are increasingly critical to support the families’ appeals for justice. With...Read more