Gao Zhisheng, a prominent human rights lawyer, has experienced persecution for many years. Since 2006, he has been released and re-arrested numerous times, often disappearing to undisclosed locations at the hands of the authorities.
When Gao had gone missing on 13 August 2017, family and friends had assumed he had been apprehended by the authorities again. Yet, in reality, two of his supporters had smuggled him out of the province in an attempt to free him from house arrest and keep him safe. After three weeks of intensive searching the authorities managed to locate him, and Gao has not been seen nor heard from since. There have been rumours of his location, but no one has been able to verify them.
Chinese law dictates that it is illegal to detain a prisoner for more than six months without charge. Yet, over the past two years, Gao has been unable to consult with lawyers, and his loved ones still do not know where he is being held.
In the time leading up to his latest disappearance, Gao secretly penned a book describing his suffering. In the book Unwavering Convictions, the human rights lawyer reveals how he came to faith while being imprisoned for defending Pastor Cai Zhuohua in 2004 and 2005.
Sources: ChinaAid, Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin
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