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Laogai Museum to Host Special Exhibition on Tibet

March 26, 2009

Newswire Services
The Los Angeles Times
March 24, 2009

Washington, DC - The Laogai Museum, in
cooperation with the Laogai Research Foundation
(LRF) and the International Campaign for Tibet
(ICT), will be hosting a special exhibition,
Laogai in Tibet, from March 27th through May
30th, giving a pictorial overview of the past 50
years of human rights in Tibet under Chinese
rule. The year 2009 marks the 50th anniversary of
the Tibetan National Uprising of 1959 and the exile of the Dalai Lama.

Located at 1109 M Street, NW in Washington, DC,
the Laogai Museum seeks to educate the public
about the atrocities of the Laogai—the system of
forced labor prison camps in China, some of the
most notorious of which can be found inside Tibet.

The Chinese Government is painting a rosy picture
of life in Tibet and has even designated March
28, the day the CCP dissolved the Tibetan
government, as ´Serf Emancipation Day,´ claiming
that the Communist party ´liberated´ Tibetans
from serfdom and instituted ´democratic reforms´
in Tibet. The special exhibition on Tibet aims to
counter this propaganda, and will explore the use
of the Laogai and prisons as a tool of repression
within Tibet as well as other human rights abuses
occurring within Tibet today, including arbitrary
detention, torture and religious and political
repression. Leaving Fear Behind, a documentary
about the run-up to the Olympics in Tibet by a
Tibetan filmmaker who is currently in prison, as
well as recently released footage of Chinese
police brutality in Tibet, will be screened in
the video room of the Laogai Museum for the duration of the exhibition.

Chinese dissident and Laogai Museum founder Harry
Wu is honored that his museum is able to host
this exhibit, saying, "I sincerely respect the
spirit and determination of the people of Tibet.
They have fought relentlessly for their freedom
and dignity, and all Chinese should support them
because their struggle is our struggle."

The following events are scheduled to coincide
with the Laogai in Tibet special exhibition:

March 25th 10:30 am -- The Future of Tibet:
Dialogue between a Tibetan and a Chinese The
Heritage Foundation will host Harry Wu and Lodi
Gyari, Special Envoy of His Holiness the Dalai
Lama, to discuss the future of Tibet.

March 31st 6:00 pm -- Laogai in Tibet special exhibition opening reception

April 15th 5:00 pm - Mr. Wu will join Tubten
Khétsun, a Tibetan who spent two decades
performing forced labor for opposing the Chinese
occupation of Tibet, in discussing the current situation in China and Tibet
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