Harry Wu

Chinese activist
Wu during a press conference in Washington D.C., January 18, 2011

Harry Wu (February 8, 1937 – April 26, 2016; Chinese: 吴弘达) was a Chinese-born American human rights activist. Wu spent 19 years in Chinese labor camps. He was born in Shanghai. He was a resident and citizen of the United States. In 1992, he founded the Laogai Research Foundation.

Harry Wu
Traditional Chinese吳弘達
Simplified Chinese吴弘达

Among Wu's supporters was the AFL-CIO. In 1990, Senators Alan Cranston (D-Calif.), and Jesse Helms (R-N.C.) invited Wu to testify before the Senate on the laogai. In November 2008, Wu opened the Laogai Museum in Washington, D.C.. He called it the first ever United States museum to talk about human rights in China.

Wu died from a heart attack while on a trip in Tegucigalpa, Honduras on April 26, 2016, aged 79.[1]


  1. Sam Roberts (April 27, 2016). "Harry Wu, Who Told World of Abuses in China, Dies at 79". New York Times. Retrieved April 28, 2016.

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