Daughter of Gao Zhisheng (Human Rights lawyer) addresses Human Rights Council

Grace Gao (legal name Ge Geng) spoke to 45th Human Rights Council.
(Photo: China Aid)

 (Geneva, Switzerland —Sept. 22, 2020) 

Grace Gao:

    Ms. President,

    I would like to draw the Council’s attention to the pattern of enforced disappearances of human rights     advocates and lawyers in the People’s Republic of China.

    My Dad, Gao Zhisheng, is a human rights lawyer and known for defending activists and religious            minorities and documenting human rights abuse in China. Because of his work he was detained by         the Chinese government several times and severely tortured. He last disappeared on August 2017.         The Chinese authorities have not provided any conclusive information on my dad, nor his status or         location. Chinese authorities are also placing pressure on my family who still live in China by not         letting them leave their local area nor issuing any way for my family to visit. 

     “We are in this together” has been heard numerous times during this pandemic. Today I am with all         the victims of enforced or involuntary disappearances in China as well as around the globe. It is our       responsibility to call on the human rights council to urge China to release human rights activists              who have been forcibly disappeared. I will never forget that my father Gao Zhisheng is one of                  them.

      Thank you

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