Posted: December 4, 2013 in New Museum
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.
Posted: November 6, 2013 in New Museum
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.
Posted: October 31, 2013 in New Museum
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.
Posted: October 11, 2013 in New Museum
Posted: September 13, 2013 in New Museum
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:
Posted: September 11, 2013 in New Museum
China has recently launched a new campaign to rid its internet of microbloggers who “spread rumors” about the Chinese Communist Party. The crackdown is an ironic twist in the new leadership of Xi Jinping, which has promised a more liberal and less corrupt China. Please read the entire New York Times article by clicking below:
China Cracks Down on Internet Users Critical of CCP
Posted: September 6, 2013 in New Museum
In anticipation of the Laogai Museum’s opening of a new exhibit in the near future, one that confronts the Great Chinese Famine through the lens of cannibalism, a background article might be helpful. Please read the following news article featured in the guardian:
Posted: September 4, 2013 in New Museum
The hopes of millions of Uyghurs surrounding Xi Jinping’s ascension in Beijing have been crushed. Contrary to the hopes of some optimists, Xi Jinping is perpetuating the same discontent that previous CCP leaders have shown towards the Uyghur community in Xinjiang. Last week dozens of Uyghurs were reportedly slain by Chinese authorities for attempting to protest police corruption. Interestingly enough, the official state media denies that any deadly crackdown has occurred recently in Xinjiang. Despite this denial, several reputable foreign media entities have confirmed the recent violence. Please read the entire press release by clicking here.
Posted: August 23, 2013 in New Museum
An estimated 300 Uyghurs were detained in Aksu, Xinjiang earlier this month for protesting the Chinese restrictions placed on prayer during Ramadan. The entire press release can be read at the following link:
Posted: August 23, 2013 in New Museum
After reading BBC reporter Celia Hatton’s article “What do people in China think of Bo Xilai’s trial?,” I couldn’t help but think of the vast differences in free speech between Chinese social media users and Americans. Specifically, I am reminded of the Trayvon Martin case and the outburst of commentary that followed George Zimmerman’s verdict. For example, one tweet by celebrity Nicki Minaj read: “And our taxes paid for that trial. We just paid to see a murderer walk free after killing an innocent unarmed little boy. #GodBlessAmerica.” Nicki Minaj’s tweet was fairly tame considering it was critical of the United State’s justice system without the use of expletives. Other celebrities, including Ja Rule, attacked the United State’s justice system in much harsher and direct language.
Fast forward to this week’s Bo Xilai trial. The only comments regarding this highly publicized trial posted on the Chinese twitter equivalent, Sina Weibo, are exceedingly glowing of the government’s handling of the case.
The lesson of this short comparison? When over 500 million people are microblogging on Weibo and comments critical to the Bo Xilai trial are nowhere to be found, the CCP must be working overtime censoring and persecuting dissenters.