• Harry Wu’s Legacy

    A former political prisoner exposed the abuses of China’s gulag.

    The cause of Chinese human rights lost a brave advocate this week with the death at age 79 of Harry Wu, who endured 19 years as a political prisoner and then devoted himself to exposing the “reform through labor” camps where he suffered. He highlighted the darkest aspects of Chinese repression that persist today.

    Born to a wealthy Shanghai family before the Communist revolution, Wu was branded a rightist counterrevolutionary in 1960, as a 23-year-old university student, for criticizing the Soviet invasion of Hungary. He...

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