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Open Letter from Laogai Survivors to reopen the Laogai Museum

September 24, 2018 by admin

Dear Ms. Fengshi Yang, Mr. Miles Maochun Yu, Mr. Gordon Chang, Mr. Jeff Fiedler and Mr. David Welker,

We are a group of Laogai Survivors and supporters of Laogai Survivors. Some of us have donated items for exhibits as well as documents for display and research as evidence to demonstrate the plight of the countless number of victims of the Laogai System in China.
When those of us who had the opportunity to visit the Laogai Museum, prior to its being shuttered, we were impressed about the depth and the breadth of the exhibits documenting the need to eliminate China’s oppression of basic human rights through the Laogai System. The Laogai Museum had even been listed as a place of prominence on an official street sign by Washington DC's local government. We are also deeply touched that Laogai museum is not only open to passers-by, but also many institutions and organizations, including many colleges and high school students and teachers, who have regularly visited and study in Laogai museum.
However, after the founder of Laogai Museum died, we are all disheartened to find that those few individuals who hold the keys to the Laogai Museum door and access to all of the resources and documents that were entrusted to the Laogai Research Foundation, have shuttered the Laogai Museum. We are writing to you to ask why the Laogai Museum in Washington, DC remains shuttered?
We are frustrated, even feeling betrayed here in the United States of America and the Western countries, these lands of freedom that we live in, as refugees and asylum seekers, to find that our carefully preserved Laogai exhibits have not been respected, remain hidden, and haven't even been dusted.
Had the PRC government promoters of the Laogai System ever wanted to obliterate the public’s knowledge in the United States of China's Laogai, they could not have done better in silencing and suppressing that message than the current holders of the Laogai Museum keys have done. If any of those people who may have secretly ethnic ties to the Chinese Communist Party and intentionally closed Laogai museum, we say: SHAME ON YOU. You have no business strangling the Laogai Research Foundation and frustrating its work and mission.
To all Board Members who hold the keys that have locked the Laogai Museum doors, we say: Open the Laogai Museum Immediately! Restore the Chinese and English websites of the Laogai Research Foundation and the Laogai Museum Immediately. Permit us the opportunity to view and inspect our contributions and exhibits and make recommendations about who will carry on and operate the Laogai Museum to its fullest capacity.
We are not to be ignored, and await your public reply.
Sincerely,
Zhang Lin US, Xue Wei US, Tang Yuanjun US, Ning Xianhua US, Yao Cheng US, Chen Pokong US, Zhang Jing US, Wang Bin US, Wang Qingyun US
Jiang Jie US, Pen Jipan US, Qi Jiazhen AUS, Sun Liyong AUS, Sun Baoqing AUS, Tan Zuoren. China, Yan Zhengxue. China, Tang Longbin . China
Wang Sen . China Jian Lijun . China, Guo Chengming China, Xin Ying. China, Li guo Ta US,
Sep 13,2018

尊敬的楊逢時女士,
余茂春先生,
章家敦(Gordon Chang)先生,
傑夫.菲德勒 (Jeff Fiedler) 先生,
戴維.威爾克(David Welker) 先生:

我們是一群勞改幸存者和勞改幸存者的支持人士,我們當中的一些人為勞改紀念館捐助了一些物品、文件供展覽和研究,以證明無數中國勞改系統的受害者所遭受的折磨。
在勞改紀念館關閉之前,我們曾有機會去參觀勞改紀念館,對其展品所涉及的廣度和深度印象深刻,特別是勞改博物館已經被華盛頓DC當地政府列為路標,不僅對路人開放,還有不少機構和組織,包括很多大學和高中學校的學生和老師們定期集體參觀,我們也深受感動。紀念館裡的記錄和展品,對於抵制中共通過勞改制度迫害人權是十分必要的。
不過,當我們發現自從勞改紀念館的創辦人去世後,那些接管了該展館鑰匙的人,以及那些被委托和通過各種途徑獲得了勞改基金會所有資源和文件的人,卻關閉了勞改紀念館,我們深感沮喪。我們寫信給你們是想知道:為什麽華盛頓特區的勞改紀念館仍然被關閉?
我們極度受挫,作為難民和尋求庇護者,我們來到美國和西方這片自由的土地,但是,我們千辛萬苦保存下來的勞改證物不被尊重,被塵封至今,我們甚至感到被出賣。
如果說中共政府——勞改系統的創建者曾試圖封殺美國公眾對中國勞改制度的了解,那麽現在勞改紀念館的核心管理者保持沈默和壓制信息的做法則遠超中共政府的作用。如果這些人中有人與中共暗通曲款,故意關閉紀念館,我們只能說:無恥!你們沒有權力毀掉勞改紀念館,無權改變其原始使命。
對所有掌控勞改紀念館並將其關閉的理事會成員,我們要說:請立即開放勞改紀念館!請立即恢復勞改基金會的中英文網站和勞改紀念館的網站!請允許我們有機會查看和檢查我們的捐助和我們的展品,並就如何最大限度地開展和運營勞改紀念館提出建議。
我們不容忽視,期待你們的公開答覆。

此致!

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