Chinese state media reports that Chinese human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng violated probation and will be sent back to prison are ‘shocking’ Amnesty International said today:
“This is truly shocking news. We have not heard from Gao Zhisheng in 20 months – his family has not known if he is dead or alive and now the authorities send out a cryptic announcement that his so-called probation has been revoked,” said Catherine Baber, Amnesty International’s Asia-Pacific Deputy Director.
“There is nothing lawful about the way the authorities have handled Gao Zhisheng’s case. The authorities have tortured Gao Zhisheng, subjected him to 20 months enforced disappearance, held him captive and separated him from his family, causing unbelieveable stress to his loved ones. This inhumane treatment must stop. He has suffered enough. His family has suffered enough. He must be freed.
“The authorities’ belated attempt to cast a veneer of legality over their treatment of Gao Zhisheng is truly shameful. Through a combination of illegal house arrest followed by enforced disappearance, Gao Zhisheng has already been captive for nearly double his original “suspended” sentence.
“The international community, diplomats, politicians and others have made Gao Zhisheng a high priority case in meetings with Chinese officials. But this has not been enough. We urge the international community to continue to press the Chinese government for Gao’s release.
“The international community must not let up in their condemnation of this travesty of justice,” she said.