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Harry Wu Wins Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom

Wednesday, Nov 10, 2010
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Laogai Research Foundation’s press release

Harry Wu / Laogai Research Foundation

WASHINGTON, DC, November 10, 2010.  Laogai Research Foundation (LRF) Founder and Executive Director Harry Wu, along with distinguished scholar Robert Conquest and Lithuanian politician and activist Emanuelis Zingeris, received the Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom from the Victims of Communism Foundation (VOCF) in an awards ceremony Tuesday evening at the Lithuanian Embassy.

In introducing Mr. Wu’s award, VOCF Chairman Dr. Lee Edwards said, “Harry Wu is a shining example of what one courageous man can do to resist tyranny and further liberty.”

During his acceptance speech, Mr. Wu dedicated the award to the more than 40 million victims of the Laogai forced labor prison camp system, saying “we have to remember that Communism is still alive in the repressive regimes of China, North Korea, Vietnam, and Cuba.”

Past recipients of the award include such distinguished individuals as: Rep. Tom Lantos; Lech Walesa; Vaclav Havel; Elena Bonner; Pope John Paul II; William F. Buckley, Jr.; Sen. Henry “Scoop” Jackson, Sen. Jesse Helms and Sen. Joseph Lieberman; and most recently House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and former Governor George Allen of Virginia.

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The Laogai Research Foundation is a not-for-profit organization founded by former political prisoner Harry Wu in 1992. Its mission is to document and expose the Laogai-China’s extensive system of forced labor prison camps. For more information, please visit, email Nicole Kempton at, or call +1 202 408 8300.

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