September 15, 2017
Persecution watchdog groups are pressing for the release of a well-known human rights lawyer in China who has been imprisoned in Beijing.
Approximately one month ago, Gao Zhisheng (pictured at left) went missing from his home where he was under house arrest. Beijing authorities have now confirmed that Zhisheng, a Christian believer, was whisked away to a secret location.
Gina Goh of International Christian Concern says the attorney was kidnapped – and this is not the first time he’s been kidnapped and jailed for angering the Communist government, she says.
“This is how they treat him,” she says of the authoritarian government. “And so we are really saddened by the fact that the Chinese government continues to tighten control on human rights and just shows disrespect for all the human rights defenders.”
It’s presumed the attorney, who has defended others against government abuse, is himself being tortured. There are other human rights attorneys who are also behind bars for the same reason, she says, and it appears to human rights groups that China is “going backwards” instead of moving toward a free country.