Global Tuidang Center

GLOBAL SERVICE CENTER

for QUITTING THE CHINESE COMMUNIST PARTY

Gao Zhisheng – the Chinese Disappeared Lawyer Receives Lin Zhao Freedom Award

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on linkedin
LinkedIn
Share on google
Google+
ChinaAid

Midland, Texas— A panel of judges decided unanimously today to grant the annual Lin Zhao Freedom Award to disappeared lawyer Gao Zhisheng.

As an attorney, Gao served people prosecuted by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) for decades. For his work, he was twice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. China, however, targeted him, and he spent years locked away.

While behind bars, he suffered multiple counts of torture, which he described in his piece “Dark Night, Dark Hood, and Kidnapping by Dark Mafia.”

Gao was released from one of his sentences in 2014, but authorities monitored him closely in his home, even blocking him from receiving dental care. During the three years he lived in that apartment, he secretly penned Unwavering Convictions, a book that describes atrocities committed by the CCP. ChinaAid smuggled the book out of China and published it with the Carolina Academic Press and the American Bar Association. The book, which has been translated into English, can be purchased here.

On Aug. 23, 2017, two of Gao’s supporters sneaked him out of his house and brought him to the neighboring Shanxi province. There, they hid for 23 days, but officials eventually found them, and Gao vanished into police custody again.

He has never been found.

Because of the pressure placed on his family, Gao’s wife and children fled to the United States in 2009.

For his sacrifice, Gao has been named this year’s recipient of the Lin Zhao Freedom Award. Named after Lin Zhao, a young woman who was executed for standing up for her beliefs and later exonerated, the prize recognizes Chinese rights activists who have suffered for their resilient stances.

To be considered, nominees need to meet two basic conditions: (1) Adhered to the spirit of non-violence against injustice and oppression as promoted by Lin Zhao, promoting freedom and democracy, truth and reconciliation, and doing an excellent job in promoting rule of law and civil society in contemporary China. (2) Suffered unjust treatments and persecutions in the process. ChinaAid believes Gao’s work and life have embodied these factors.

]]>
Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on linkedin
LinkedIn
Share on google
Google+

Related

Recommended

Organisers of Hong Kong Protest Exhibition in Ukraine Say Chinese Embassy Tried to Pressure Them to Cancel

<!--,” organisers wrote on Facebook. “We are not doing anything illegal, we are peaceful journalists, artists and activists bringing the story of the Hong Kong protestors to Kyiv and comparing it with the Maidan,” they said in reference to the 2014 Ukrainian revolution. “The Chinese embassy says we are meddling in Chinese affairs. What we are actually doing is bringing people together to promote discussion about the parallels between the Maidan and the pro-democracy protests. We are not encouraging violence, we are not meddling, we are using art to comment on the situation.” Maidan is the name of Kyiv’s central square where a mass anti-Russian, pro-European uprising began in November 2013. Hong Kong protesters have often looked to the movement – captured in Evgeny Afineevsky’s documentary “Winter...

Read more