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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Gao's Story

Christian human rights attorney Gao Zhisheng was seized by a dozen police officers from his apartment on February 4, 2009. He disappeared for more than a year at the hands of the Chinese Government, leading to grave speculation about his whereabouts and condition.

Gao Zhisheng has been repeatedly kidnapped, arrested, imprisoned and tortured by Chinese authorities for defending the persecuted. He has been an unyielding and iconic advocate for justice in the Chinese courts and has been nominated twice for the Nobel Peace Prize (2008 and 2010).

In December 2009, rumors of Gao's death from torture in prison spread uncertainty. One misleading informer in January 2010, said Gao Zhisheng had gotten "lost and went missing while out on a walk" in September, 2009. The following week, the Chinese Foreign Ministry publicly acknowledged that Gao Zhisheng was in still their custody. The false reports of his death and disappearance devastated Gao's wife and children.

On March 27, 2010, Gao Zhisheng suddenly resurfaced, after being hidden for more than one year. He spoke with his family for the first time since his abduction and connected with friends, colleagues, and even international media. His every movement was watched and monitored by the Chinese government.

On April 15 and 16, Gao visited his in-laws in Xinjiang, telling them he would be flying home to Beijing at 10 AM on April 20. Gao Zhisheng never arrived home to his apartment, and has not been seen or heard from since. See media reports on Gao Zhisheng’s forced "Re-Disappearance."

Gao's life will be in danger as long as he is in the custody of the Chinese government. During this complex and difficult time, efforts are already in progress to push for Gao's release from China and for a safe reunion with his family in the United States.


Anonymous said...
May 9, 2011 at 5:15 AM

If there's one thing that the Chinese government should learn is that progress isn't just about building industries but it is also about personal freedom and providing support to every individual who has the utmost desire to improve the conditions of his country. If the Chinese government truly speaks about change it is the rights of its people that should come first to achieve that change.

Gladys Viana Garzon said...
January 13, 2012 at 7:22 PM

sno mas tortura a una persona inocente esa gente esta endemoniada

Peter said...
February 6, 2012 at 3:05 AM

I join thousands of Christ's people in denouncing Communist China (and all regimes) for their unspeakable evil, and in pleading the Blood of Jesus Christ over that and other nations as well. For His Glory and Kingdom, amen!

Anonymous said...
February 18, 2012 at 9:06 AM

The people in China will someday (in God's time) learn of these tragic and undeniable crimes against humanity, crimes against them (the Chinese people), by the Chinese communist party. When enough Chinese citizens of means and education see first hand that these crimes have been committed against ordinary Chinese citizens, change will be inevitable. The human spirit cannot be broken by the Politburo.

Anonymous said...
March 5, 2012 at 1:16 PM

as long china remains communist there will no peace for christians

Anonymous said...
August 12, 2013 at 11:43 AM

The Chinese communist party is devil's spirit. I prayed that God make a way to free Christian lawyers there. Let Christian people go!

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