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Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom

Harry Wu

Harry Wu is a Chinese dissident who began and international movement to expose the horrors of China’s laogai labor camps in which he himself spent 19 years for alleged counterrevolutionary activity. He was imprisoned in 1960 for criticizing the 1956 invasion of Hungary by the Soviet Union. Three years after his release, in 1982, he slipped back into China and videotaped the prison camps he was once imprisoned in. After the videos airing on 60 Minutes, Wu was able to draw widespread attention to Chinese practices in the forced labor to produce exports as well as harvested organs (involuntarily) from executed prisoners. In 2010, he was awarded the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation’s Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom.