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Urgent Action update: Disappeared activist at risk of torture

Gao Zhisheng, a former prisoner of conscience and human rights lawyer, is subject to enforced disappearance. No information about his whereabouts are known since he was taken away from his home in Yulin City, Shaanxi, northwest China, on 13 August 2017. Gao Zhisheng previously shared his experience of repeated torture in detention as a result of his work, raising fears that he is at high risk of torture and other ill-treatment or even death.

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Please write urgently in your own words or using the template letter included in English or Chinese to:


Minister of Public Security
Zhao Kezhi
14 Dongchanganjie, Dongchengqu
Beijing Shi 100741
People’s Republic of China 
Salutation: Dear Minister


Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country.

HIS EXCELLENCY MR LIU XIAOMING, Embassy of the People's Republic of China, 49-51 Portland Place W1B 1JL, 020 7299 4049,

Please check with your section before sending appeals after the above date.


Please note that mailing letters to the target is the best way, as it is not uncommon for Chinese authorities to block email server after receiving a high volume of emails from the UA network.  In case you receive email bounce backs, please send the letter to the Chinese Embassy in your own country. 

If you do not get a response from the Chinese authorities, and it is possible that you won’t, please do not be discouraged. This does not mean that your letters were not received and read by the authorities. 
If you receive an answer, please do let us know as usual. 

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