December 6, 2017

Urgent Action Update: Former POC Feared To Be In Detention Again (China: UA 212.17)


The whereabouts of Human Rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng remains a mystery after he has been missing for over three months. Conflicting accounts have emerged as to his exact location and current condition. Given his previous treatment in detention, and without access to a lawyer, he is at high risk of torture or other ill-treatment.

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The whereabouts of Human Rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng remains a mystery after he has been missing for over three months. Conflicting accounts have emerged as to his exact location and current condition. Given his previous treatment in detention, and without access to a lawyer, he is at high risk of torture or other ill-treatment.

1) TAKE ACTION
Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet:

  • 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, and ensure that if he is detained in an official place of detention, he is not subjected to torture or other ill-treatment; and he has regular, unrestricted access to his family, lawyers of his choice, and medical care on request or as necessary;
  • Allow the peaceful work of Human rights defenders and their families without fear of hindrance, intimidation, arbitrary detention or imprisonment, in line with the UN Declaration on Human rights defenders.

Contact these two officials by 17 January, 2018:

Director of Shaanxi Provincial Public Security Bureau
Hu Minglang
120 Weiyanglu,
Weiyangqu,
Xi’an Shi 710016
Shaanxi Sheng
People’s Republic of China
Salutation: Dear Director

Ambassador Cui Tiankai, Embassy of the People’s Republic of China
3505 International Place NW, Washington DC 20008
Phone: 1 202 495 2266 I Fax: 1 202 495 2138
Email: [email protected] OR [email protected]
(If you receive an error message, please try calling instead!)
Salutation: Dear Ambassador

2) LET US KNOW YOU TOOK ACTION
Click here to let us know if you took action on this case! This is Urgent Action 212.17
Here’s why it is so important to report your actions: we record the actions taken on each case—letters, emails, calls and tweets—and use that information in our advocacy.

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