About Gao Zhisheng

Gao Zhisheng is one of the most unyielding and iconic advocates for justice in China having been nominated twice for the Nobel Peace Prize (2008 and 2010). In response to Gao's legal defense of human rights activists and religious minorities and his documentation of human rights abuses in China, Gao has been disbarred, and harassed, imprisoned and tortured numerous times.

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Friday, December 4, 2015

China Change: Join Them, and Prove Your Worth by Helping China’s Historic Change

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– A commentary in the wake of false charges against Guo Feixiong
Gao Zhisheng, November 28, 2015
Translated by Matthew Robertson; posted on December 3, 2015

■ Gao Zhisheng composed the following letter after hearing about the six year prison sentence handed to rights activist Guo Feixiong, and after reading Guo’s spirited defense and condemnation of the Party’s rule. As the letter made the rounds on social media, the Chinese authorities promptly cut off Gao’s cell phone service and placed him under house arrest in his late mother’s cave dwelling in Shaanxi Province. Both Gao Zhisheng and Guo Feixiong are Christians. — The Editors

Gao Zhisheng and Guo Feixiong in 2006
I rarely suffer insomnia, but I woke up at 2 am this morning and couldn’t go back to sleep. This is only the second time it’s happened since I was put under house arrest in the village – the first was last year when I heard that Liu Xia [the wife of Liu Xiaobo] had been harassed.

In late April 2010, when I was being tortured by Chinese security forces—the sort of torture that shocks the perpetrators themselves—there was a brief let-up. One of the thugs, shirt off, reclined in a chair to catch his breath. I was laying on the ground on my side (my hands were cuffed behind my back), and before two minutes were out, I was letting out a ripping snore. Someone kicked me in the head: one of the thugs, shocked, had lept up to berate me: “Gao Zhisheng, does nothing effect you? We have trouble sleeping for several days after every one of these episodes, but you don’t. Are you human?” I responded: “That you weren’t able to sleep at night shows you’ve still got a vestige of humanity left.” Such is the rarity of my insomnia.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

China Change: Just Where Should Gao Zhisheng Live?

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Questions for China’s Thuggish Government
Pastor Bob Fu posted on social media the following note, as well as lawyer Gao Zhisheng’s piece on an incident on November 10.

“Three Internal Security (国保) agents burst into Gao Zhisheng’s (高智晟) cave home on November 10 and stopped him from traveling. Gao had for the last several days been preparing to travel to Xi’an for a long-needed dental appointment but was suddenly prevented from doing so. The agents also told him to inform Yang Hai (杨海), a friend in Xi’an who was helping organize the trip, that Gao himself chose to stay home. Originally, public security agents in Xi’an had told Yang Hai that it was no problem, that they could accommodate Gao’s dentist visit in Xi’an.”

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Gao Zhisheng: Authorities view Gao’s attempts to see dentist as ‘threat to national security,’ dissident says

Gao Zhisheng
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Letter written by Gao Zhisheng. Translated by Brynne Lawrence. Edited and written in English by Ava Collins and Rachel Ritchie.

(Yulin, Shaanxi—Nov. 10, 2015) In a letter to China Aid Founder and President Bob Fu on Nov. 3, Gao Zhisheng noted that the Chinese government appears to view any attempt by Gao to treat his teeth, which were damaged through torture and malnutrition during his time in custody, as a threat to national security.

Because of poor treatment by the Chinese government during his seven-year, off-and-on time in both official and unofficial custody, Gao has lost several teeth and the remaining teeth pain him daily. He has tried repeatedly to visit a dentist since his release on Aug. 7, 2014, but has been prevented, as is explained in the letter, below.