Thursday, 26 March 2009


Gao Zhisheng with his son

The following report comes from China Aid and The Voice of the Martyrs who keep a watchful eye on human rights abuses directed against Christians around the world. This particular case is especially urgent as you will see from the report, and your action in signing the petition is urgently called for.

Christian human rights attorney Gao Zhisheng, has now been missing 50 days, and there is increasing concern for his life. He was last seen being hauled away from his home by more than a dozen police officers on February 4. Reports from inside China indicate he is undergoing brutal torture.The situation is critical, and with each day that passes, Gao Zhisheng's life hangs in the balance.Because of Gao's work defending house church Christians and others persecuted in China, the Chinese government wants to silence his voice. ChinaAid president, Bob Fu calls Gao's torture "the most severe persecution in China's modern history." Gao's wife and two children, who have also been abused and tormented by the police, escaped to the U.S. less than two weeks ago. His family is afraid that authorities, furious at their escape, are taking revenge on Gao.China Aid and The Voice of the Martyrs, together with Gao Zhisheng's wife and children, call on all Christians and those who value human dignity and justice to speak out on Gao Zhisheng's behalf by signing a petition to free Gao.»

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