After days of cyber attacks, and all three of ChinaAid’s websites going down at some point, President Rev. Bob Fu speaks out on behalf of the incarserated Nobel Peace Price nominee Gao Zhisheng.
12/08/2010 China (ChinaAid) –
This Friday, I have the honor of attending the award ceremony for the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize winner as an international guest invited by the Nobel Peace Prize Committee. As I am sure all of you know, the winner himself, Dr. Liu Xiaobo, will not be able to attend as he is serving an 11-year sentence for his writing.
While in Oslo, I will be working on behalf of another Chinese hero who cannot attend the ceremony: two-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee Gao Zhisheng, nominated in 2008 and 2010. I will be going to the Chinese embassy in Norway to present a petition with nearly 150,000 signatures—from supporters like you—calling for the return of the missing Christian attorney.
I will also have an opportunity to meet with Norwegian Parliament leaders and other world leaders to press for religious freedom and rule of law in China.
As 2010 draws to a close, we see troubling signs that the Chinese government is tightening up on dissent in response to events such as the selection of Dr. Liu to receive this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. A climate of official intimidation and hostility can only further worsen the fate of activists such as Gao.
Recent efforts by Gao’s family members have failed to induce any action from either Washington or Beijing. Pleas for help from Gao’s daughter to President Obama have so far yielded nothing but silence. Gao’s older brother went to Beijing to search for him but was met with scoffing from the police. See these news reports about their efforts:
ChinaAid – Gao Zhisheng’s Brother Appeals in Beijing
Wall Street Journal – Again, Where is Gao Zhisheng?
BBC News – Daughter Pleads for Lawyer Gao Zhisheng
Wall Street Journal – Please Return My Father – Gege’s Plea