Lawyer missing for more than 1,000 days

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Gao Zhisheng
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(Beijing—May 20, 2020) Human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng has now been missing for more than 1,000 days.

His supporters are now worried he might be closely monitored. A citizen of Shanxi province, Li Fawang, said, “Closely monitored, he would be isolated from telecommunication. It would be so tight, there would be no news at all.”

At the time he went missing, Gao was three years out of prison and highly surveilled by the Chinese Communist Party. In August 2017, two supporters smuggled him out of his home, under the noses of his government minders, and into the neighboring Shandong province. For a while, they hid him successfully, but the authorities eventually found them and arrested Gao.

This is not Gao’s first disappearance. When he vanished previously, the attention his case gained pressured Chinese authorities into releasing news about him. However, no one has had any word of Gao since he vanished.

Gao has long been targeted for his work as a human rights lawyer, even suffering three counts of torture. Fearful for their safety, his family escaped to the United States in 2009.

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