Missing By Force for Over One YearFebruary 4, 2010, marked the one-year anniversary of Gao Zhisheng’s disappearance. Take action now, to help free this human rights defender.[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
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.
Sign the Petition and let the Chinese Government know that Gao Zhisheng is not forgotten. Show them that the world will not allow this defender of truth and justice to fade from our hearts and minds. We will not rest until Gao is safely reunited with his family. PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION HERE............
* U.S. Department of State's Response to Attorney David Taylor's Inquiry about Gao Zhisheng, 1/25/2010.
* CAA Press Release: Police Officer Says Gao Zhisheng Went Missing, 1/14/2010.
* Latest Media Reports on Gao Zhisheng.
* Read Gao Zhisheng's letter to the U.S. Congress in 2007.
* Read Gao's account of 50 days of torture in 2007.
* Attorney Jiang Tianyong's Public Testimony on Defending Gao Zhisheng.
* Read the Congressional Letter to President Hu Jintao, 9/8/2009.
* Read Senator Dorgan's speech from the Senate floor.
ChinaAid thanks the 126,200 people who signed the Petition to Free Gao, the thousands of supporters who sent 469,500 e-mail inquiries to Chinese businesses and government offices, the more than 11,200 individuals who contacted their U.S. Representatives, and the countless others who faxed and called the Chinese Embassy for Gao's release last year in 2009.
ChinaAid remains committed to raise awareness of Gao’s case until he is free. 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. Urge others to add their voice to the petition, and join in the effort to Free Gao Zhisheng.