ChinaAid Seeks Special UN Investigation of “Disappeared” Human Rights Lawyer Gao ZhishengMonday, August 15, 2011
China Aid Association
(Geneva, Switzerland—Aug. 15, 2011) ChinaAid formally requested a special U.N. investigation into the torture of missing Christian lawyer Gao Zhisheng on Monday, the five-year anniversary of his first kidnapping by Chinese police.
The request by China Aid Association was submitted by its legal counsel and was filed with the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture.
Human rights lawyer Gao was taken by police on Aug. 15, 2006 from his sister’s home and held incommunicado until the Chinese government announced on Sept. 21, 2006 that he was being charged with inciting subversion.
In March 2010, the NGO Freedom Now partnered with human rights specialists Jerome A. Cohen, Irwin Cotler, Albert Ho, David Kilgour, David Matas, and Beth Schwanke and Keane Shum in filing a petition before the U.N. Working Group on Arbitrary Detention that resulted in a U.N. finding of serious wrongdoing by the Chinese government, which had failed to even reply to the U.N. inquiry.
China basically told the U.N. and the rest of the world to “mind its own business” because Gao’s case was a matter of China’s internal affairs, adding the specious claim that China is a country under rule of law.
ChinaAid founder and president Bob Fu and its legal counsel David E. Taylor expect that China is likely to respond similarly to this request for a special U.N. investigation.
“Nonetheless, we believe it is important for the international community to see again how the Chinese Communist Party responds with arrogance and recalcitrance to the U.N., and to show the world, especially Gao’s family and the Chinese government, that Gao has not been forgotten for even one second and never will be,” Taylor said.
Click the following link to view the petition.
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