September 14, 2017

Urgent Action: Former Prisoner Of Conscience Detained Again (China: UA 212.17)


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Activist and human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng is said to be currently in police custody in Beijing. Last heard from on 13 August 2017, his exact location and current condition remain unclear. 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 he is detained in an official place of detention, 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 26 October 2017:

Director of Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau,
Wang Xiaohong
Beijingshi Gonganju
9 Qianmen Dongdajie
Dongchengqu
Beijingshi 100740
People’s Republic of China
Salutation: Dear Director

Ambassador Tiankai Cui, 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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