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China's Missing Human Rights Lawyer

Authors: Jerome A. Cohen, Adjunct Senior Fellow for Asia Studies, and Beth Schwanke, Freedom Now
March 19, 2010
International Herald Tribune


Peter Gao is six and wants to be an astronaut. If you ask him why, he'll explain that he wanted to be a lawyer, but the Chinese government "really hates lawyers." He's pretty sure that it likes astronauts.

The Chinese government "disappeared" Peter's father, Gao Zhisheng, on Feb. 4, 2009. According to various Chinese officials over the past year, Mr. Gao is, "in Beijing," "gone missing," "where he should be," "working in Urumqi," the capital of China's northwestern Xinjiang Province, and now "sentenced for subversion."

We call on the Chinese government to stop stalling and produce Gao Zhisheng: a literal case of habeas corpus.

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