The wife of Gao Zhisheng—known as “China’s conscience”—worries that the Chinese Communist Party has murdered the human rights lawyer. On April 14, she demanded Beijing answer two requests and said she would take further action if they did not acknowledge her right to information on her husband who is in state custody.
“[If Gao is still alive], I’d like to be detained in the same prison as Gao. I ask the Chinese embassy to issue a visa to me and let me enter China,” Geng added.
On Aug. 13, 2017, Gao disappeared from his brother’s house in Jia county, Yulin city, in northwest China’s Shaanxi Province. The Yulin policy bureau confirmed that the communist party had detained Gao but refused to say where he was being held.
Gao’s wife Geng fled China with their then-16-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son in 2009 with the help of underground faith groups and were offered refuge by the United States. Over the past three years, Geng has kept up pressure on the Chinese authorities for information on her husband’s condition but has yet received any response.
“I called our relatives [in China on April 9] and they told me that they called the Yulin police bureau for Gao’s information. The police answered them now U.S.-China relations are tense. Gao is a sensitive figure and nobody can visit Gao,” Geng said.
Knowing clearly the evil that China's communist regime is capable of, a day has not passed where Geng has not been deeply worried for her husband.
“[The regime] doesn’t allow relatives to visit him, doesn’t release him, doesn't show his photos … I'm worried he has died. I want to see him if he is still alive and see his body if he died,” Geng told The Epoch Times through tears.
The Yulin police bureau has weaved different stories of Gao’s whereabouts to his family. Sometimes, they say Gao is detained in Beijing, while days later, they said Gao is detained in Jia county. The Jia county police bureau told the family that Gao’s case was being handled by Yulin, and that they don't know anything.
“Last year, the Yulin police claimed that nobody can visit Gao because of the pandemic,” Geng said. “Now, they have created another excuse.”
“When I was rolling around on the floor because of the pain, the policeman surnamed Wang started to shock my genitals using an electric baton.”
After hours of being shocked, the police lit five cigarettes at the same time and blew smoke to Gao’s nose and eyes for two hours. “[At that time,] I could only feel that tears were dripping on my legs. I wasn't even aware of the policemen’s actions,” Gao wrote.
The torture continued for over 50 days, and Gao lost consciousness again and again.
Gao was thrice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, in 2007, 2008, and 2010.
In November 2005, Gao and Geng announced that they had quit the CCP.
In August 2006, Gao's license to practice law was revoked and he was detained for four months. In 2007, he was detained for over 50 days. In February 2009, he disappeared.
In April 2010, Gao appeared in an interview with The Associated Press at his house in Beijing. After that, he was detained again for about 20 months.
In December 2011, the regime announced that Gao had been sentenced to jail for three years. In 2014, the regime released Gao but had him under house arrest until he disappeared again in 2017.
Because of the torture, Gao had most of his teeth knocked loose in 2014, according to Geng. Gao was also subject to horrendous tortures like having toothpicks stabbed into his genitals.