Executive Director Harry Wu received a welcomed surprise when Frank Wolf formerly of Virginia’s 10th congressional district and seventeen-term House Representative arrived to the Laogai Museum (劳改纪念馆).
Mr. Wu and Mr. Wolf share a cherished relationship. Mr. Wolf, author of Prisoner of Conscience, is known for his staunch criticism on Chinese policies. He’s fought fervently for human rights and religious freedom throughout his tenure in Congress with a determination even retirement cannot diminish. The two gentlemen talked animatedly over a variety of topics from the current U.S. presidential elections to policies intertwining American and Chinese interests.
In 1992, Mr. Wu was there to congratulate Mr. Wolf’s commissioned Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) forbidding the use of Chinese prison-made products to the United States. From then on, the two men have worked closely together to help bring the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) egregious human rights violations to the forefront of discussion and hopefully to an end.
Mr. Wolf has met secretly in Lhasa, the Tibetan capital, with monks and nuns acquiring firsthand accounts of the lack of human rights and miserable conditions implemented by the CCP. He’s an advocate of Tibet’s autonomy and disassociation with China questioning the CCP’s entire legitimacy. “China is running against the global tide in democracy,” he was reported saying in an earlier piece by LRF staff writers in 2012.
Afterwards, Mr. Wu personally toured the museum’s new layout, as this was Mr. Wolf’s first visit to the new location.
You can continue following former Congressman Frank Wolf’s activism on his Facebook page.