2012 Oslo Freedom Forum
May 8, 2012
Photojournalist Tomas Van Houtryve reveals how—despite Western rhetoric and the common belief that communism died with the fall of the Soviet Union—communist regimes have maintained power in seven countries across three continents. He shows his work documenting each of these seven countries and the disastrous effects of communist rule over civil society, the economy, and social and political freedoms. Van Houtryve maintains that the 1.5 billion people suffering under brutal regimes in Cuba, China, North Korea, Nepal, Laos, Moldova, and Vietnam are evidence that communist rule is certainly not a thing of the past.