April 17, 2019
An international rights group has raised concerns over the possible torture and mistreatment of Chinese human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng, who was forcibly disappeared nearly two years ago.
“Gao Zhisheng, an activist and human rights lawyer, has not been seen or heard from since he was first reported missing by his family,” London-based Amnesty International said in an Urgent Action letter to Chinese leaders in Beijing.
“He has been subject to enforced disappearance, raising fear of torture and other ill-treatment,” it said.
Gao was reported missing from his cave dwelling in the northern Chinese province of Shaanxi on Aug. 13, 2017.
Local police in Shaanxi’s Jia county and Yulin city denied that they were holding him, but said that they knew where he was, Amnesty said.
“After receiving no information for over three weeks, Gao Zhisheng’s family finally learned on Sept. 5, 2017 that he had been taken to Beijing,” the Amnesty letter said.
However, the government official who gave Gao’s brother the information refused to provide details of Gao his exact whereabouts, his current condition or the grounds for his detention, it said.