Gao Zhisheng missing for three years

Friday, August 14, 2020

Gao Zhisheng's book.
(Photo: ChinaAid/Carolina Academic Press)

(Beijing—Aug. 14, 2020) Yesterday marked the third anniversary of the disappearance of Chinese human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng.

Gao is a valiant warrior for human rights in China and is perhaps the most well-known rights attorney in the country. For decades, he has defended China’s most targeted people. Because of this, he has been imprisoned by the authorities many times and suffered at least three counts of torture.

Before he disappeared, Gao had been living under house arrest in China for three years. He had written a book, which ChinaAid smuggled out of China and published with the Carolina Academic Press.

ChinaAid also helped Gao’s family flee to the United States in 2009, after they had experienced much pressure.

Then, on Aug. 13, 2017, two of his supporters helped him sneak into the neighboring province, where they spent several weeks in hiding. At first, no one knew where he was and thought he had been taken immediately into police custody.

However, the authorities were searching frantically for him. Eventually, they learned he was likely in the other province, and they arrested him there.

Gao has not been seen or heard from since.

ChinaAid urges its supporters to keep Gao and his family in their prayers.

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