March 18, 2012
by Cynthia Miley
On March 18, 2008, the trial began of Chinese human rights activist Hu Jia on charges of inciting subversion of state power. Hu was formally charged in February 2008 after he released letters and recordings alleging that Chinese lawyer Gao Zhisheng was tortured into confessing to subversion ...[read more]
December 19, 2011
by Dan Taglioli
China's government Friday announced that prominent civil rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng would be sent to prison for three years for violating his probation. Gao's sentence is the first sign that he is still alive since having disappeared 20 months ago, presumably at the hands of the authorities. The ...[read more]
June 27, 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove
Prominent Chinese human rights activist Hu Jia was released from prison on Sunday after serving three years for a subversion conviction. Hu was formally charged in February 2008 and subsequently sentenced to more than three years in prison after he made public letters and recordings from Chinese ...[read more]
March 28, 2011
by Erin Bock
The UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances called on the Chinese government Monday to free detained human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng, whom they claim is being held in violation of international law. Gao was abducted and detained in February 2009 and has been held in detention ...[read more]
March 28, 2010
by Steve Czajkowski
Chinese human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng spoke to a reporter from Reuters Sunday verifying that he is alive and is living in Wutai mountain in China's Shanxi province. Gao, who had been missing for more than a year, said he had been released last year and that he wanted to live a quiet lif... ...[read more]
March 10, 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk
An international group of human rights lawyers on Tuesday petitioned the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention to condemn to the detention of Chinese human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng, missing for more than a year. The group is seeking a declaration that Gao's detention is a violation of inter... ...[read more]
February 14, 2010
by Ximena Marinero
The Chinese Embassy in Washington DC claims that prominent Chinese human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng, missing for more than a year, is working in the Urumqi region, according to human rights organization Dui Hua Foundation on Saturday. The statement characterizes the information as... ...[read more]
January 22, 2010
by Steve Dotterer
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu stated in a press conference Thursday that Chinese human rights lawyer and activist Gao Zhisheng is where he should be. Ma stated that holding Gao in Chinese custody since February 2009 comports with the law. The official version of the press... ...[read more]
January 15, 2010
by Steve Dotterer
Chinese lawyers and US-based rights group ChinaAid on Friday called on Beijing police to conduct a search for missing Chinese rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng. Police reported Thursday that Gao, who has been in police custody since February, went missing in September. Gao's brother, Gao Zhiyi, stated... ...[read more]
April 17, 2008
by Katerina Ossenova
A lawyer for Chinese human rights activist Hu Jia, sentenced in early April to over three years in prison on charges of inciting subversion of state power, said Thursday that his client has been denied an appeal. Hu's lawyer said that Hu had 10 days to appeal his conviction, but that Hu's... ...[read more]

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