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Wife of Abducted Rights Lawyer Gao Zhisheng Requests Urgent Help from U.S. Congress in Open Letter

Posted by Author on April 24, 2009

Human Rights in China (HRIC), April 23, 2009 –

Geng He (耿和), wife of Gao Zhisheng (高智晟), the prominent Chinese rights defense lawyer who has been disappeared since early February 2009, is requesting help from the United States government to put pressure on the Chinese government to disclose Gao’s whereabouts. She has requested that Human Rights in China (HRIC) release her open letter, dated April 23, 2009, to members of the U.S. Congress.

Gao, an outspoken critic of the Chinese government who represented, among others, victims of forced evictions, Falun Gong practitioners, and house church activists, has been a target of government actions since 2005, after he wrote a series of letters to Chinese leaders urging them to stop their attack on Falun Gong practitioners and dissidents. In late 2006, he was convicted of “inciting subversion of state power” and received a suspended three-year prison term. Even though he was not imprisoned, he was detained multiple times, and his family was frequently harassed. After writing an open letter to the U.S. Congress denouncing the human rights situation in China, Gao was kidnapped in September 2007 and kept for 59 days, during which time he was brutally tortured. In early February 2009, HRIC released an account by Gao of his torture.

On January 9, 2009, Gao’s wife, Geng He, and their two children escaped from China and made their way to Thailand a week later. On February 4, Gao was seen taken forcibly from his hometown, Xiaoshibanqiao Village in Shaanxi Province, by more than 10 state security policemen. He has not been heard from since. His wife and two children arrived in the United States on March 11, 2009. There have been urgent expressions of concern for Gao’s safety from various governments, human rights groups, and lawyers’ associations…….

Details of Geng He’s letter

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