Chinese human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng has been missing since August 2017. His family hasn’t been told where he is or the state of his health. He is at high risk of torture and other ill-treatment.

Gao Zhisheng is one of the most respected human rights lawyers in China. He represents human rights activists and works on other politically sensitive cases.

Over the years he has been subjected to enforced disappearance, torture, illegal house arrest and detention.

His friends say that since Gao Zhisheng’s latest disappearance, at least three of his supporters have been detained, seven summoned and two given verbal warnings by police. It is believed the authorities are attempting to silence critics and conceal any information about Gao Zhisheng.

Call on the Chinese authorities to disclose Gao Zhisheng’s whereabouts and to immediately release him.

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Update 9/3/18: Thank you to everyone who took action – this action is now closed. Amnesty International will continue to monitor Gao’s case for developments.

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H.E. CHENG Jingye
Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Australia

Your Excellency,

I call on you to immediately and unconditionally release Gao Zhisheng, if he has been detained solely for exercising his right to freedom of expression.

Pending his release, immediately disclose the whereabouts of Gao Zhisheng. If he is detained in an official place of detention please ensure he is not subjected to torture or other ill-treatment, has regular, unrestricted access to his family, lawyers of his choice and medical care on request or as necessary.

Please allow the peaceful work of Human Rights Defenders and their families to continue without fear of hindrance, intimidation, arbitrary detention or imprisonment, in line with the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights Defenders.

Yours sincerely,

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