Hi guest, Register | Login | Contact Us
Welcome to Phayul.com - Our News Your Views
Mon 21, Oct 2019 05:55 PM (IST)
Search:     powered by Google
 MENU
Home
News
Photo News
Opinions
Statements &
Press Releases

Book Reviews
Movie Reviews
Interviews
Travels
Health
Obituaries
News Discussions
News Archives
Download photos from Tibet
 Latest Stories
US House passes three bills in support of pro-democracy protestors in Hong Kong
Tibetans, Hong Kong activists protest at the Nets vs. Raptors NBA preseason game
Coalition of activists urge Apple to stop colluding with China’s censorship
The arrest was extremely undemocratic: Tenzin Tsundue
Denouncing the Dalai Lama a criterion for government jobs in occupied Tibet
Lebron James on the firing line as Twitterati accuse him of undermining human rights for China's money
All Tibetan activists except Tsundue released from jail in Chennai
Tibetan court rules in favor of Penpa Tsering in case no. 20
Dalai Lama urges India’s stewardship in promoting secular ethics in modern education
Respite for Tibetans in Nepal as extradition treaty with China shelved
 Latest Photo News
Shrutika Sharma from Nainital, Uttrakhand, wins the Miss Himalaya Pageant 2019, seen with her are first runners up Shalika Rana and second runners up Sapna Devi. Oct. 13, 2019 Phayu Photo: Kunsang Gashon
Nearly 3000 Students from eight countries listened to teachings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Three day annual teachings for youth began today. June 3, 2019. Phayul Photo: Kunsang Gashon
His Holiness the Dalai Lama is being escorted to the teaching site at Tsuglakhang temple, May 13, 2019. Phayul Photo: Kunsang Gashon
more photos »
Advertisement
Wife appeals for Chinese rights defender
AFP[Saturday, February 06, 2010 11:30]
By Shaun Tandon

Gao Zhisheng, pictured in 2005
Gao Zhisheng, pictured in 2005
WASHINGTON — The wife of one of China's best-known rights advocates says she is unable to sleep fearing for his safety one year after he vanished, as US lawmakers nominated him for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Gao Zhisheng, a lawyer, took on some of China's most controversial causes by defending coal miners, underground Christians, the banned Falungong spiritual movement and ordinary people seeking redress from the government.

Human rights groups say that security personnel snatched him from his home village on February 4 last year and that he has not been heard from since.

His wife, Geng He, and their two children staged a daring escape out of China last year to Thailand, from where they were granted asylum in the United States.

Geng said she was haunted by memories of what happened to Gao in the past. In a previous 50-day detention after he wrote a letter to the US Congress, Gao said that guards inflicted him with electric shock, burned his eyes with cigarettes and stuck toothpicks in his genitals.

"Since 2005 my husband was kidnapped six or seven times and every time he would tell me of the torture that he experienced," Geng told AFP.

"These past few weeks, I can't sleep until 3 am every night. My heart aches because I recall every single detail," she said.

"Really, sometimes I feel that it might be better if he were dead than alive. But I am hoping and I am ready to trade my own life for his so that the family can go on," she said.

She voiced hope that appeals from the United States and other foreign nations would help her husband.

"Unless there is international pressure, I fear that in the future there may be no more lawyers in China who will take up these cases," she said.

In Beijing earlier Thursday, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu refused to answer questions by foreign reporters on Gao's whereabouts. Last week Ma said, "I guess that he should be where he should be."

Seven US lawmakers marked the anniversary by nominating Gao and two other imprisoned Chinese rights activists -- Chen Guangcheng and Liu Xiaobo -- for the Nobel Peace Prize.

"Though Chen, Gao and Liu are three of the most outstanding Chinese human rights defenders," they wrote, "few governments or inter-governmental organizations have the courage to brave the Chinese government's displeasure and honor them."

"Throughout its history, the Nobel Peace Prize Committee has often distinguished itself by its willingness to award prizes despite the strong opposition of governments," said the lawmakers, led by Representative Christopher Smith, a Republican of New Jersey.

"We can think of no one so deserving of recognition," they wrote, "and no one whose recognition would be more timely or do more to foster peace in the 21st century."

According to the Nobel committee, members of national assemblies are among those with the right to nominate candidates for the prize.

Liu, a writer, was jailed in December for 11 years for subversion after co-writing Charter 08, a widely circulated petition that called for political reform and was signed by more than 10,000 people.

Chen, a blind, self-trained lawyer who alleged abuses under China's one-child policy, was given a sentence of four years and three months in 2006.

The Nobel committee last year gave the prize to President Barack Obama for his contributions to world understanding, a controversial choice with the US leader himself saying he did not feel he had yet earned the award.

China has been increasingly defiant in the face of international pressure on its human rights record. It released no dissidents before Obama's visit to Beijing in November, moving away from a tradition of goodwill gestures for visits by US leaders.
Print Send Bookmark and Share
  Readers' Comments »
Be the first to comment on this article

 Other Stories
Nepali police arrest 5 Tibet bound Tibetans
China opposes Nobel for jailed dissident, lawmakers back Liu Xiabo
Tibet's Star Activist Warns Obama
Wife appeals for Chinese rights defender
Chicken parts join menu of U.S.-China disputes
Independence - activist Tsundue at international poetry festival in Mysore
Advertisement
Advertisement
Photo Galleries
Advertisement
Phayul.com does not endorse the advertisements placed on the site. It does not have any control over the google ads. Please send the URL of the ads if found objectionable to editor@phayul.com
Copyright © 2004-2019 Phayul.com   feedback | advertise | contact us
Powered by Lateng Online
Advertisement