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China must be held to account over 'disappeared' lawyers

As public discontent runs high, China is once more embracing totalitarianism and rejecting governing in accordance with law

Eva Pils

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China's leaders are clamping down on human rights lawyers. In the past 40 days, six lawyers have been 'disappeared'. Photograph: Getty Images
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 26 April 2011 )
Gao Zhisheng Awarded 2011
  • Iranian journalist given six-year jail term
  • 24 Mar 2011

    Chinese lawyer Gao Zhisheng was named the winner of the Bindmans Law and Campaigning Award at tonight’s Index on Censorship’s Freedom of Expression awards, sponsored by SAGE.

    Gao Zhisheng was unable to attend and his wife, Geng He, accepted the award on his behalf, via video.

    Last Updated ( Tuesday, 26 April 2011 )
    Wife of Human Rights Lawyer Recounts Family’s Persecution

    Gao Zhisheng's wife tells about their terror in China

    By Gu Qinger and Yi Fan Epoch Times Staff
    Mar 14, 2009

    On Jan. 9, 2009, Mrs. Gao and her children fled from Beijing and the house arrest they had been living under. They eluded the Chinese police and arrived in Thailand on Jan. 16. Mrs. Gao said that she tries not to think too much about anything other than repairing the hearts of her traumatized children, who are still feeling very depressed.

    Chinese rights leader's family 'defects to US'


    WASHINGTON (AFP) - The family of missing Chinese rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng, who has been tipped for a Nobel Peace Prize, has defected to the United States, rights activists said Thursday.

    New York-based Human Rights in China and Radio Free Asia said Gao's wife and children arrived in the United States on Wednesday and were seeking asylum.

    "It was extraordinarily difficult to get us out of China. The friends who helped us escape took enormous pains, some even risking their own lives," Gao's wife, Geng He, told Radio Free Asia's Mandarin service.

    Last Updated ( Monday, 16 March 2009 )
    Letter Urging the Release of Gao Zhisheng


    We are seeking your support of Gao Zhisheng, the Chinese attorney and human rights defender known as “China’s conscience,” who was abducted on February 4 and whose whereabouts remain unknown. A description that Gao wrote of 50 days of torture he suffered in 2007 was released recently, and the terrible acts therein described indicate that he may be in serious danger.

    The below letter is addressed to President Obama and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, to urge them to act to help this central figure in China’s human rights movement. Gao has been one of the most outspoken advocates of human rights in China, publishing open letters to the highest leaders of the Chinese regime to call for the end of the persecution of Falun Gong and other human rights crimes, and to the U.S. Congress expressing concerns about human rights in the lead-up to the Olympics. He and his family have suffered immensely for his dedication to human rights, and he has not backed down in following what he thinks is right.

    International attention helped bring about Gao’s release from other incarcerations—please read the below letter for more information about Gao and his account of being tortured by the Chinese Communist Party to see why this man urgently needs your support.  If you wish to sign your name onto the letter, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it .

    Kindest thanks,
    Friends of Gao Zhisheng

    Last Updated ( Sunday, 22 February 2009 )
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