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On May 21, the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights hosted the 2015 RFK Book and Journalism Award at the Newseum. Laogai Research Foundation's executive director Harry Wu, along with other three hundred guests, attended the event. The Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards, founded by the reporters who covered the 1968 presidential campaign, recognize outstanding reporting on issues...Read more
Pu Zhiqiang (浦志强),50-year-old, one of China's most prominent human rights lawyers, who has been held for more than a year, was criminally charged today for comments he made online. Pu was accused of "inciting ethnic hatred" and "picking quarrels and provoking troubles", offenses that carry a 10-year jail sentence, for his writings on Chinese social media Sina Weibo. Pu who had advocated for years...Read more
Laogai Research Foundation Executive Director Harry Wu discussed Gao Yu case on Radio Free Asia on April 29. Chinese court has convicted veteran journalist Gao Yu for revealing state secrets and sentenced her to seven years in prison. Last November, in a closed trial, the No. 3 Intermediate People's Court in Beijing had twice delayed handing down a verdict. The government had accused Gao of...Read more
Joseph Noonan, the son of LRF board member Ann Noonan, delivered a persuasive argument to the Board of Broadcasting Governors (BBG) on behalf of the Committee for U.S. International Broadcasting (CUSIB) that called for the continued broadcasting of short wave and medium wave radio and satellite television into China in light of increased censorship. “CUSIB called on BBG not to order radio or TV...Read more
Chinese court has convicted veteran journalist Gao Yu for revealing state secrets and sentenced her to seven years in prison. Last November, in a closed trial, the No. 3 Intermediate People's Court in Beijing had twice delayed handing down a verdict. The government had accused Gao of disclosing a highly confidential "Document No. 9" issued by the ruling Communist Party leadership in 2013 to an...Read more
The five Chinese women's right activists originally detained in early March have been released after more than a month in the Haidian Detention Center outside of Beijing. The five—Wei Tingting, Wang Man, Zheng Churan, Li Tingting, and Wu Rongrong—were detained on the eve of International Women’s Day for planning a campaign against sexual harassment on public transportation. The release of the...Read more
Per multiple reports, Xue Feng, a Chinese born US citizen, was released from Beijing Number 2 Prison recently. Xue was originally detained in November 2007 for “stealing state secrets.” The charge stemmed from allegations that Xue had relayed sensitive information regarding the Chinese oil industry to foreigners while on a business trip. According to Xue, however, the information was only...Read more
Laogai Research Foundation board member Ann Noonan writes on Radio World about the necessity and importance of radio broadcasting to countries where the Internet is censored and where many cannot afford cell phones. Ms. Noonan talks about her own experience in 1995 when she attended the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing. She says, "While in China, I attended an illegal meeting with...Read more
“A Muslim was jailed for six years in China for refusing to shave off his beard, while his wife was imprisoned for two years for wearing a burqa.” This alarming report indicates an intensifying crackdown on traditional Uyghur customs in Xinjiang. A noticeable crackdown in Xinjiang began several months ago, however, jail sentences simply for appearance or attire have been relatively rare,...Read more
The International Campaign for Tibet held a reception in Russell Senate Office Building to honor Mr. Lodi Gyari, who retired as Executive Chairman of our Board, in December 2014. Laogai Research Foundation Executive Director Harry Wu attended the events. Other participants included Democratic Leader Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, Senator Mark Kirk, Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Congressman Tom...Read more

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