Monday, August 22, 2011

ChinaAid Seeks Special UN Investigation of Missing Human Rights Lawyer Gao Zhisehng

By Jeremy ReynaldsSenior Correspondent for ASSIST News Service

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND (ANS) -- ChinaAid has formally requested a special U.N. investigation into the torture of missing Christian lawyer Gao Zhisheng.

Gao Zhisheng

ChinaAid said Aug. 15 was the five-year anniversary of his first kidnaping by Chinese police.

ChinaAid said the request was submitted by its legal counsel, and filed with the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture.

According to ChinaAid, Gao was taken by police on Aug. 15 2006 from his sister's home and held for unknown reasons. It wasn't until Sept. 21 2006 that the Chinese government announced he was being charged with inciting subversion.

In March 2010, ChinaAid said, the NGO Freedom Now partnered with a number of human rights specialists in filing a petition before the U.N. Working Group on Arbitrary Detention. That resulted in a U.N. finding of serious wrongdoing by the Chinese government, which had failed to even reply to the U.N. inquiry.

ChinaAid said China basically told the U.N. and the rest of the world to "mind its own business," because Gao's case was a matter of China's internal affairs, adding that China is a country under rule of law.

ChinaAid Founder and President Bob Fu and its legal counsel David E. Taylor said in a news release they expect that China is likely to respond similarly to this request for a special U.N. investigation.

Nonetheless, they believe it is important for the international community to see how negatively the Chinese Communist Party responds with arrogance and recalcitrance to the U.N. They also want to show the world, especially Gao's family and the Chinese government, that Gao has not been forgotten.

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Jeremy Reynalds is Senior Correspondent for the ASSIST News Service, a freelance writer and also the founder and CEO of Joy Junction, New Mexico's largest emergency homeless shelter, He has a master's degree in communication from the University of New Mexico, and a Ph.D. in intercultural education from Biola University in Los Angeles. His newest book is "Homeless in the City."

Additional details on "Homeless in the City" are available at Reynalds lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. For more information contact: Jeremy Reynalds

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