Chinese rights lawyer and family ‘threatened’ over new book

(From AFP)

A leading Chinese dissident lawyer and his relatives have been “threatened” since his daughter spoke about his controversial new book in Hong Kong this week, the daughter and activists said Friday.

Grace Geng (R), daughter of Chinese dissident lawyer Gao Zhisheng, holds her father's book "A Human Rights Lawyer under Torture – the auto narratives of Gao Zhisheng" during a press conference in Hong Kong

Grace Geng (R) holds her father’s book ‘A Human Rights Lawyer under Torture – the auto narratives of Gao Zhisheng’ during a recent press conference in Hong Kong

Gao Zhisheng’s current whereabouts are unknown after Chinese security agents are said to have rushed to his brother’s house, where he is staying, in an isolated village in China’s Shaanxi province on Tuesday.

Gao has been under house arrest since 2014 after serving a three-year prison term on subversion-related charges — a sentence which sparked an international outcry.

“I am worried they will face many threats… I already know that right after (his daughter) Grace’s press conference in Hong Kong, Chinese security personnel rushed to his brother’s house and threatened (them),” said Bob Fu, president of US-based human rights group China Aid Association which co-published the book. Read More

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