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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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Human Rights Challenges in China 
Freedom House and ChinaAid cordially invite you to a discussion on
Human Rights Challenges in China 

Tuesday, March 5, 2013
10:30 a.m.  – 12:00 p.m.
Room 210, Cannon House Office Building Capitol Hill

March 5th marks the beginning of the 12th National People's Congress, where Communist Party leader Xi Jinping is expected to assume full power as President and head of the Central Military Commission. Ahead of the congress, influential activistsand scholars have signed open letters urging the government to implement political reforms, including ratification of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. While citizens in China are increasingly vocal in criticizing injustice and asserting their rights, the Communist Party continues to resort to extenstive repression to maintain its hold on power. What are the main challenges for human rights in China today? What are the prospects for change under China's new leaders? And how can Europe and the United States encourage greater respect for human rights in China? 

Introductory Remarks By: 
David J. Kramer, President of Freedom House
Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ), Chairman of the Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organization Subcommittee

Featured Speakers:
Chen Guangcheng, 陈光诚,human rights activist
Geng He,耿和, wife of human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng

Commentary By: Edward McMillan-Scott, Vice-President of the European Parliament responsible for Democracy and Human Rights

For further media interview request with two featured Chinese speakers, email:
Bob Fu at