Laogai Research Foundation

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Laogai Research Foundation

"In 1992, the Laogai Research Foundation was established to gather information and spread public awareness on the Chinese Laogai. The Foundation publishes an annual Laogai Handbook, newsletters, special investigative reports, as well as assisting television media in preparing documentary films on the Laogai. Since its inception, the LRF has expanded its focus to document and report on other systemic human rights violations in China, including public executions, organ harvesting from executed prisoners, the coercive enforcement of China's population control policy, and persecution of religious believers. (Full Text)

"Harry Wu is the founder of the Laogai Research Foundation." [1]


Between 1992 and 2005 the Laogai Research Foundation received eleven grants from the NED.


"On May 4, 2006, the Laogai Research Foundation held a conference, co-sponsored by Freedom House and the RFK Memorial, entitled "The Soviet Gulag and the Chinese Laogai: Comparing Two Systems of Oppression". Conference speakers included scholars, activists and Laogai survivors from the U.S., Germany, France and India." [2]

Speakers included:

  • House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi
  • Lee Edwards, Chairman, Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation
  • Anne Applebaum, Columnist, The Washington Post
  • Harry Wu, Executive Director, Laogai Research Foundation
  • Carl Gershman, President, National Endowment for Democracy
  • Joel Kotek, Head of the formation department, Memorial de la Shoah of Paris; Professor at the Universite Libre de Bruxelles and Sciences of Paris
  • Dieter Heinzig, Expert in Soviet and Chinese affairs; Former deputy director, Federal Institute for East European and International Studies, Cologne
  • Jennifer Windsor, Executive Director, Freedom House
  • Jared Genser, President, Freedom Now, Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Global Advocacy Team Member
  • Ama Adhe, Tibetan activist; Author of The Voice that Remembers: The Heroic Story of a Woman's Fight to Free Tibet
  • Rebiya Kadeer, Uyghur human rights activist
  • Lu Decheng, Laogai survivor
  • Dan Southerland, Vice President of Programming and Executive Editor, Radio Free Asia
  • Tienchi Liao, Director, Laogai Research Foundation
  • Ven. Palden Gyatso, Tibetan activist; Author of Fire Under the Snow
  • Xu Wenli, Researcher at Brown University; Founder of the China Democracy Party; Author of I Shed my Blood to Color My Country
  • Wu Yashan, Author of Difficult Years



  1. Members List, Global Coalition To Bring Jiang To Justice, accessed July 30, 2008.


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