Wife to US: Stand Up to China and Free My Husband

Human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng held incommunicado for a year
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 4, 2010 12:35 PM CST
Gao Zhisheng in 2006.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Geng He can’t do anything for her human rights lawyer husband, who she says was "kidnapped" by the Chinese government a year ago today and is being held somewhere incommunicado. But the United States can, and must. “China will listen to the United States,” she writes. Some say the country “no longer listens,” and "it’s true Beijing is silencing more political dissidents than ever. But this a call to action, not a reason to stand idly by.”

Recently, Geng writes in the Washington Post, a Foreign Ministry official said Gao Zhisheng is “where he should be.” “Now I wait, helpless, certain that my husband is being tortured and wondering whether I should actually hope that he has already been killed.” She escaped China shortly before his abduction with their children, and thinks he was taken in retaliation. "Now, “I must ask my new country to help my husband.”

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