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Human Rights Lawyer Gao Zhisheng Forcibly Taken by Police, Current Whereabouts Unknown

ICC Note:

A Chinese Christian human rights lawyer who “has been repeatedly kidnapped, arrested, imprisoned and tortured by Chinese authorities for his work defending underground Christians and persecuted Falon Gong and human rights activists” revealed details of his torture in a recent open letter. Currently, his whereabouts are unknown.

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2/9/09 China (ChinaAid) In his latest open letter, world-renowned Chinese Christian human rights lawyer Mr. Gao Zhisheng, revealed the shocking details of the severe torture he suffered.

In his letter, Mr. Gao recorded that, after sending an open letter to members of the U.S. Congress, he was kidnapped on September 21, 2007 and for more than 50 days he was tortured in the most inhumane ways. He was forced to lie naked on the floor for 13 days and nights while he was tortured with electric shock batons and toothpicks were used to pierce his sexual organs. He wrote, “The electric shock baton was put all over me. And my full body, my heart, lungs and muscles began jumping under my skin uncontrollably. I was writhing on the ground in pain, trying to crawl away. Wang (one of the interrogators) then shocked me in my genitals.”

The interrogators used the cigarettes to fill his nose and eyes with smoke for extended periods of time. He was told, “You wrote that letter to American Congressmen. Look at you, you traitor. What could you be given by your American lord? The American Congress counts for nothing. This is China. It is the Communist Party’s territory. To capture your life is as easy as stepping on an ant.”

Since 2005, Gao has been repeatedly kidnapped, arrested, imprisoned and tortured by Chinese authorities for his work defending underground Christians (including Pastor Cai Zhouhua) and persecuted Falun Gong and human rights activists. He, his wife and two children have been monitored and tormented by authorities for more than two years, and much of their contact with the outside world has been cut off.

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