(Geneva, Switzerland —Sept. 22, 2020)
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.