Human Rights Lawyer Gao Zhisheng “Missing”

It is with a heavy heart that I point you in the direction of these stories. Gao Zhisheng, a lawyer who ChinaGeeks contributor Chris Hearne wrote about back in March of 2009, is missing.

Gao, a Nobel Prize nominee, has been in custody since last February, but when his brother asked for information about him in September, he was told by authorities only that Gao “lost his way and went missing”.

Mr. Gao is an adult, a well-traveled and well-respected lawyer, not a toddler. He lost his way? Went missing? A highly politically sensitive prisoner just up and wandered off, and they haven’t managed to track him down? Hardly likely. During Gao’s previous incarceration, he was tortured for nearly a month, and told that if he spoke of the torture he would be killed. After his release, he wrote a letter detailing his ordeal.

From the New York Times:

In an interview from New York on Friday, Ms. Geng said she was stunned to learn that the police said they could not account for her husband’s whereabouts. “If he’s alive, let us see him,” she said through tears. “If he’s dead, tell us where his body is.”

That Gao has been secretly executed certainly seems possible — much more possible than that he escaped or somehow wandered off, as the police have suggested. That no one will tell Gao’s family of his real fate is truly the lowest form of cowardice.

I suppose, having tortured (and probably killed) the man, they’re just moving on to torturing his wife and children.

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0 thoughts on “Human Rights Lawyer Gao Zhisheng “Missing””

  1. That’s horrible news. It is not every day we see so high profile people executed, so I still hope it is just the authorities not wanting to give information. Like they know wife and kid have been given asylum by the States, so they are snubbing them now. OK, Im just doing wishful thinking here, I know.

    It is a strange phenomenon with FLG and China, anyone having dealt even superficially with FLG gets the cruelest treatment. The CCP is clearly scared of something there, I hope it is not the terrible crimes that FLG accuse it of. If only 1/4th of those are proven true some day, we are in to see things much worse than people imagine even for the CCP.

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  2. http://blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/2010/01/22/beijing-responds-on-gao-zhisheng-but-mystery-deepens/
    January 22, 2010, 2:37 AM ET
    Beijing Responds on Gao Zhisheng, But Mystery Deepens

    China offered its first official response to the whereabouts of human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng, a week after his brother reported that the lawyer was said to be “missing” by police, but the statements didn’t exactly clarify the murky situation.

    “The relevant judicial authorities have decided this case, and we should say this person, according to Chinese law, is where he should be,” foreign ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu said, according to the Associated Press, without elaborating further. Ma made the statement at a regular press conference in Beijing Thursday in response to a reporter’s question, but a transcript of the briefing posted on the ministry’s Web site did not include either the question or answer regarding Gao.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/zhongwen/simp/china/2010/01/100122_gaozhisheng.shtml
    更新时间 2010年 1月 22日, 格林尼治标准时间18:26
    高智晟“在他应该在的地方”

    美联社说,中国外交部发言人马朝旭星期四(21日)在例行的记者会上被问到高智晟的下落。

    他回答:“中国的有关司法机关已经就这个案子做出了判决,应该说这个人按照中国的法律在他应该在的地方,至于说他具体在做什么就不是我做能掌握的信息,你可向有关部门提问。”

    中国外交部网站发表了马照旭星期四记者会的文字稿,但是其中并没有关于记者就高智晟下落的提问以及他的回答。

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