Detained Human Rights Lawyer Denied Visitors

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The Chinese government recently revealed the whereabouts of missing human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng.  Now, his family is demanding confirmation.

Authorities said Gao is being held at a Shaya County prison located in China's remote Xinjiang province.

However, Gao's brother and wife say he is being denied visitors, which makes the family suspicious.

According to Associated Press and China Aid Association reports, relatives who visited the prison Jan. 10 said authorities refused to let them see Gao because he was undergoing a three-month "education period."

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“I don’t know what they’re up to, but this seems very wrong,” Gao's wife Geng He said from the U.S., where she now lives.  “And we still have no proof that Gao is actually in that jail.”

Gao, a selft-taught attorney, agressively defended Christians in disputes with the government and served more than a year in prison because of his work.

In 2010, Gao publicly disclosed that he'd been tortured in prison. Then, he simply disappeared.

For 20 months, his family had no word of where he was or even if he was alive.

China Aid has confirmed the government's claim that Gao is alive and is being held at the prison.

*Originally aired on January 13, 2012. 

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