A former member of the Chinese Communist Party, Gao Zhisheng has worked tirelessly to defend the Human Rights of religious dissidents, including many Christians. Since 2006 he has been watched closely by the secret police, along with his family and other Human Rights lawyers. In 2008 Gao was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for his work. The secret police continued to follow and harass him. On February 4, 2009 Gao was abducted in a raid on a small house in the Shaanxi province of China. He was not formally charged, no court proceedings have taken place, and Gao has not been heard from since. To find out more, visit FreeGao.com or click on the image below.
UPDATE: According to sources through ChinaAid, it is now being suggested that Gao ‘went missing’ while out on a walk on 25 September, 2009. If the report is to be believed then this means the government has managed to lose one of its prisoners (one who has never been formally charged or received a judicial hearing). Or, it could mean they are laying the groundwork for a new stance that attempts to claim Gao is no longer in custody (despite the fact that no one on the outside knows where he is). Or, this is the beginning of a cover-up of his death in prison.