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Speech: Responsible Engagement With China (3)- Gao Zhisheng

Posted by Author on January 20, 2010

Hon. David Kilgour, J.D., German-American Institute, Heidelberg, Germany, 11 January 2010 –

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Gao Zhisheng

The regime uses a range of force to suppress voices that advocate dignity for all and the rule of law in China. One is Gao Zhisheng, 47, a Nobel Peace Prize-nominated lawyer in the tradition of Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi. His family was so poor that they lived in a cave in rural China and he could not attend university. Despite this, he managed to pass the bar exams and in 2001 was named one of the country’s top ten lawyers by China’s ministry of Justice. Party agents nonetheless released their full wrath, when he, a Christian, opted to defend Falun Gong practitioners.

It began with removing his permit to practise law, an attempt on his life, having police harass his wife and teenage daughter and son and denying the family any income. It intensified when Gao responded in the nonviolent tradition of Gandhi by launching nationwide hunger strikes calling for equal dignity for all Chinese nationals. In his most recent article, Gao wrote about several weeks of excruciating torture in prison. The rest of the family has fled China and are now refugees in the United States. Gao himself has since disappeared again, presumably rearrested for speaking out again, and is now being “held incommunicado at an unknown location”, according to Amnesty International.

His brother recently went to Beijing from rural China and could learn nothing about his whereabouts or condition. His wife and children are increasingly worried about him. (to be cont’d)

-From David Kilgour website: http://www.david-kilgour.com/

One Response to “Speech: Responsible Engagement With China (3)- Gao Zhisheng”

  1. There is obviously a lot to know about this. I think you made some good points in Features also. Keep working ,great job!

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