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Missing Chinese Rights Lawyer’s Sister Commits Suicide

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Missing Chinese Rights Lawyer’s Sister Commits Suicide


Renowned human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng’s elder sister killed herself in May 2020, after facing years of pressure from the Chinese regime. Gao represented vulnerable groups in China, including disabled children, dismissed workers, victims of forced demolitions, Falun Gong adherents, house Christians, among others. He was detained multiple times by authorities as a result of his advocacy. He disappeared in August 2017 and is suspected to be detained, though his whereabouts are unknown. The news was made known on Jan. 1 by Gao’s wife, Geng He, via her Twitter account. Geng fled mainland China with their then-16-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son to Thailand with the help of friends on Jan. 9, 2009. The family successfully arrived in the United States that March and were later accepted as refugees. Geng said in an interview with The Epoch Times that Gao’s sister had taken good care of her husband and constantly worried …

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