A Tibetan political prisoner incarcerated in Gansu Province was released this past October after spending nearly three and a half years behind bars. Goshul Lobsang, a Tibetan activist, was detained in 2010 and was only recently released because the authorities incarcerating him feared he die of starvation. To read the entire article explaining Lobsang’s incarceration and release, and to see pictures of Lobsang’s condition upon release, click here.
China vows US-Chinese relations will further deteriorate in light of Secretary of State John Kerry’s appointment of Sarah Sewall to the title of “Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues.” China also claims that further tensions will arise between the two powers in light of President Obama’s talks with the Dalai Lama last week. The roots of this bellicose rhetoric trace back to the 1950s, when Tibetans claim that the PRC violated their nation’s sovereignty by occupying their land and when the Chinese claim that their occupation was really an act of “liberation” for an impoverished land. To read the entire article on Reuters, click here.
Chinese-American businessman Vincent Wu is now standing trial in China after more than 18 months of detention. According to Wu, Chinese police tortured him until be confessed to crimes of corruption that he did not commit. Not surprisingly, even Wu’s American citizenship cannot afford him a fair trial in China. According to the New York Times, Chinese prosecutors enjoy a “98 percent conviction rate.” You can read this entire story by clicking here.
The Laogai Museum is pleased to announce its new promotional video. The video is roughly twelve minutes long and functions as a virtual tour of the museum. If you plan on coming to the museum in the future, it might be helpful to view this video beforehand. Or, if you cannot attend the museum for whatever reason, this video can substitute for your missed museum experience. At any rate, we are pleased to announce this new video and its immense educational value. You can view the video by clicking here!
According to USA Today, New York Times reporter Austin Ramzy will fly out of China on January 30. Although not stated specifically by officials in Beijing, Ramzy’s departure from China is believed to be related to his reporting of Communist Party corruption. “Official corruption is one of China’s hottest topics. The ruling Communist Party says it can handle the problem internally, and refuses to allow public or independent supervision of government and party officials. On Sunday, a Beijing court jailed rights activist Xu Zhiyong for four years for encouraging citizens to lobby for officials to disclose their assets.” To read the full USA Today article, click here.
According to the Associated Press, about 200 “thugs” harassed three Chinese human rights activists and their lawyers outside a Chinese courtroom Wednesday. “The three activists were standing trial in the city of Xinyu on illegal assembly charges that supporters say were trumped up to punish them for being part of a group that urges citizens to embrace their constitutional rights.”
Please read the entire press release by clicking here.
Effective December 2, 2013, the Laogai Museum will be open 7 days a week from 10am-6pm. We are pleased to announce these extended hours! As always, the Laogai Museum has free admission. We are still located on the corner of S and 20th streets just north of the Dupont Circle metro station.
According to a recently published Reuter’s article, the Chinese government has labeled their internationally criticized policies in Tibet as “correct.” This Bureaucratic and and indifferent response signals little real change on the horizon for Tibet. Please consult the Reuter’s article here for further information.
October 10, 2013.
Harry Wu gives a lecture to a group of American University law students on his recent article, “A Jail by Any Other Name: Contextualizing Labor Camp Reform in China.” The article, which was co-authored by Laogai Research Foundation employee Cole Goodrich, will be published in an upcoming edition of American University’s law journal.
Renowned scholar on China, Mr. Frank Dikotter, is unveiling his new book this year. The book, titled The Tragedy of Liberation: A History of the Chinese Revolution 1945-1957, offers a groundbreaking new look at the immediate years following the Chinese Revolution. A forum on Dikotter’s book is scheduled to take place at the Cato Institute on September 26th, 2013. The forum will include renowned human rights speaker and founder of the Laogai Museum, Mr. Harry Wu. Please plan on attending this free event. Registration is required, and more information is available at the following link: