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SHANXI – On Sunday, March 28, 2010, missing human rights lawyer Gao Zhinsheng spoke to his wife and children for the first time in over a year, confirming he is still alive. False rumors of his death, torture, and escape from the custody of the Chinese Government shrouded Gao’s absence with mystery. Gao’s brief phone conversations with western media on Sunday mark the first official contact the public has had with him since his abduction by police on February 4, 2009.
Over the phone, Gao informed AP and Reuters reporters that he had been released from detention six months ago, and had taken up residence at Wutai Shan mountain, a Buddhist landmark in northern Shanxi province. He refused to give details on his condition, saying he could not legally give interviews.
Close friend and fellow human rights lawyer Li Heping also confirmed he had spoken with Gao on Sunday. “It’s certainly him. I spoke to him over the phone. I could tell from the way he spoke and the way he spoke to me that it’ him.” When Li to visit, Gao refused to give him details on his whereabouts, saying he had “friends around him” — indicating he was being held under close surveillance by Chinese authorities.
Gao’s wife Geng He and two children expressed great relief and joy in being able to speak with him on Sunday morning. Geng He hopes Gao Zhisheng will be allowed to rejoin his family in the United States soon. According to reliable sources, the pressure on Geng He and the family has increased during Gao’s absence. Report indicate Geng He’s parents have been severely harassed in recent months, due to their relationship with to son-in-law Gao Zhishgeng.
Gao has felt guilty for the backlash on friends and family. He told the Associated Press, “I just want to be in peace and quiet for a while and be reunited with my family. Most people belong with family. I have not been with mine for a long time. This is a mistake and I want to correct this mistake.”
ChinaAid President Bob Fu confirmed the reports. “After examining Gao’s voice in the interview, I too am convinced that it is Gao.” ChinaAid has waged an international campaign to Free Gao for more than a year, circulating petitions and calling on the international community to raise awareness for Gao’ cause. Last week, prominent human rights attorney Dr. Li Baiguang joined President Fu in meetings with high-ranking members of British and European Parliaments in London and Brussels, calling awareness to Gao’s cause. (See CAA report) http://www.chinaaid.org/qry/page.taf?id=105&_function=detail&sbtblct_uid1=1405&month=03&year=2010&_nc=c92d7ebee8329b9d49af7a588f32ab4f . They met with seven members of the Northern Ireland Assembly in Belfast today, including First Minister Mr. Peter, Robinson, who expressed particular concern for Gao Zhisheng.
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EZC praises Jesus Christ our Lord that Gao Zhisheng is alive, and ask readers to join us in praying for him and his family and to sign the petitions at ChinaAid.