ChinaAid Launches Petition for Kidnapped Human Rights Attorney Gao Zhisheng at FreeGao.com

China Aid Association
Gao Zhisheng with his son Gao Tianyu

(USA — March 25, 2009) Prominent Christian human rights attorney, Gao Zhisheng was last seen being hauled away by more than a dozen police officers on February 4, 2009.  ChinaAid, together with the Gao family, urge the international community to take action on behalf of Gao Zhisheng by signing a petition to the Chinese government for his release at www.FreeGao.com.
Mr. Gao’s wife, Ms. Geng He, daughter, Geng Ge (16) and son, Gao Tianyu (5) escaped to the U.S. on March 11, 2009.  They are deeply concerned about Gao. He was severely tortured for more than 50 days after officials kidnapped him in 2007, and was threatened with death if he exposed the details of his torture. Reports from inside China indicate he is now undergoing brutal torture.
The government’s recent kidnapping of Gao is in response to his work defending human rights in China. ChinaAid president, Bob Fu, calls Gao’s torture “the most severe persecution in China’s modern history.”  Gao’s family fears that Chinese authorities are furthered angered by their escape and are taking revenge on Gao.
ChinaAid, together with Gao’s wife and children, call on the international community to speak out on behalf of Gao Zhisheng by signing the petition at www.FreeGao.com.Read a statement from Gao Zhisheng about his arrest and torture in 2007 by Chinese authorities.
Read Gao Zhisheng’s 2007 Open Letter to the U.S. Congress.


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