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California State University, Sacramento

Posted: May 5, 1999

CSUS to Host Human Rights Activist Harry Wu

Famed human rights activist Harry Wu will make a special appearance at California State University, Sacramento on May 13 to talk on "China: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow." The event will be at 11:45 a.m. in the University Ballroom, and is free and open to the public.

Wu, who now lives in the United States, is one of the leading campaigners against human rights abuses in China.

He endured 19 years as a political prisoner in the Chinese forced labor camps known as The Laogai. He has returned to that country three times since 1991 to secretly visit the camps and film abuses. His 1995 arrest and conviction in China for "stealing state secrets" was highly publicized, and he was eventually expelled from the country rather than being forced to serve the 15-year sentence.

Wu is the founder and executive director of the Laogai Research Foundation and has testified about China before the U.S. Congress. He has received the prestigious Martin Ennals Human Rights Award and an AFL-CIO award for public service.

Wu's experiences in the prison camps are recounted in the international bestseller Bitter Winds and the more recent book titled Troublemaker: One Man's Crusade Against China's Cruelty.

The lecture is presented by University Union UNIQUE Programs and the Associated Students. More information is available at 278-6595.


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