End of Gao Zhisheng’s Sentence Mere Hours Away,
Supporters Call For His Release
The jail term of Chinese lawyer Gao Zhisheng is ending on
August 7. Gao is imprisoned in Shayar prison, Xinjiang.
But observers are concerned the Chinese authorities
may not release him on schedule.
One month ago Gao’s wife, Geng He, began a countdown
online, for the days, and now hours, until his release.
The BBC’s Chinese website reports that
Gao Zhisheng’s brother Gao Zhiyi has arrived in Xinjiang
ready to receive his brother from prison.
However, he says he isn’t confident
about whether they’ll meet and return home together.
Chinese activist Hu Jia, a friend of Gao Zhisheng,
said in an interview with BBC that he’s also concerned.
Hu says the worst case scenario is that Gao Zhisheng gets
disappeared by the authorities after being released.
Radio Free Asia (RFA) reports that on August 5,
many civic groups in Taiwan held a news conference
to call on the Chinese Communist authorities
to release Gao Zhisheng on schedule
and return to Gao his true freedom.
Chinese democracy activists and Falun Gong practitioners
in San Francisco also called on the Chinese authorities to
release Gao Zhisheng on schedule
and let him reunite with his wife and children.
Before this, international human rights organizations as well
as the U.S. Congress have issued statements
calling on the Chinese authorities to release Gao Zhisheng
on schedule and return to him his real freedom.
The now 50-year-old Gao Zhisheng was kidnapped, arrested
and tortured for sending open letters between 2004 and 2005
to top ranks of the Chinese Communist Party, calling on them
to end the brutal persecution of Falun Gong practitioners.
On August 7, 2006, he was sentenced to three years in prison
sentence and placed on probation for five years.
He served the sentence in Shayar prison in Xinjiang
when his probation was revoked in 2011.
Serious Casualties in Yunnan Earthquake is Charged with Man-made.
Two days ago, a magnitude 6.5 earthquake in Ludian County
caused over 400 deaths and left more than 2,000 injured.
As relief efforts continue, observers analyze the cause
of the serious casualties.
RFA reports that a rescue worker said that
behind the serious disaster, there remain manmade causes
due to the local government’s inaction on shoddy construction
and investigations on dangerous buildings.
Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Inspection Team Arrived in
Hebei With Thousands Police Alert
The sixth inspection team of the Central Commission for
Discipline Inspection, charged with “collecting clues from
the people," has stationed itself in Hebei Province.
However, they’ve cut off communication channels to the public.
Local petitioners told RFA that a large number of petitioners
gathered Hebei’s provincial capital, Shijiazhuang city,
to appeal to the inspection team.
A large number of armed police patrol outside the
hotel in which the inspection team stayed.
Petitioners are constantly being obstructed by local officials,
such as being put under house arrest and persecuted.
The inspection team’s could not be reached via their published
phone number, which does not connect.