It’s been quite a while since I’ve been able to post, and I feel like a few updates are somewhat overdue on various topics. Here’s the first one.
The latest news regarding Gao Zhisheng are not very good. The last email I received from China Aid on January 15th said the following:
Chinese Official Says Gao Zhisheng “Went Missing”
Act Now to Help Gao's Family Learn the Truth!
Since mid-December, 2009, ominous rumors have circulated about Gao Zhisheng, hinting that he has died after brutal torture in prison. However, no reports have been confirmed, and the Chinese government continues to refuse comment on his condition and whereabouts.
Gege, Gao's daughter, had been reportedly "pale and tired-looking" with worry for months. After hearing a rumor of Gao's death just before Christmas, Gege became so emotionally distraught, she was forced to be hospitalized. She remains fragile and under medical watch in a New York hospital.
This week, after searching out the policeman who originally detained Gao Zhisheng back in February, 2009, Gao's brother Zhiyi was told that Attorney Gao allegedly "went missing while out on a walk" on September 25, 2009. Gao's wife refused to comment, but was reported to be extremely upset after hearing the news.
This is the first time a Chinese government official has hinted that they no longer have Gao Zhisheng in their custody, leading ChinaAid to believe Gao's condition has taken a turn for the worse.
"It is totally unacceptable for the Chinese government to lose track of their own prisoner," said President of ChinaAid Bob Fu. "It is absolutely clear that he was forcibly taken from his home in February 2009. Nearly a year later, the Chinese government now says they do not have him."
Though the rumors of death cannot be confirmed, Bob Fu remains extremely concerned for this new development.
"We have every reason to suspect that the Chinese government has something very serious to hide. Gao's family has every right to know what happened to him. It is unbelievable that a high security prisoner would go missing while "out on a walk," without suspecting that there is a major cover up of his condition."
The Chinese government can no longer hide their actions from the world and must be held accountable for their treatment of Gao Zhisheng. Now is the time to act!
Sign the Petition to Free Gao Zhisheng, and encourage your friends and family to join the effort.
Contact your U.S. Representative and call for them to pressure the Chinese government to disclose the true condition and whereabouts of prominent human rights Attorney Gao Zhisheng. Even if you have sent a letter in the past, this new development calls for renewed action.
Gao's family deserves to know the truth, and so does the world! For more ways to help Free Gao, visit www.FreeGao.com.
This past week’s latest news from an AP article linked on the China Aid website states that a Foreign Ministry official said that Gao “is where he should be”. Not a very uplifting or promising statement regarding Gao’s welfare.
I am appalled by what I have observed over the last year with Gao Zhisheng’s situation in China. I shouldn’t be appalled because I have read plenty about the unwarranted persecution, torture, and killing of Christians (or anyone associated with them) in China, but I am anyway. Gao Zhisheng’s case has touched my heart. I’ll continue posting updates as I receive them.