China (MNN) — Today is the one year mark since Chinese human rights attorney Gao Zhisheng was detained by the government for defending the rights of persecuted believers. No information has been released about his whereabouts since.
Since Gao was originally taken into the custody of the Chinese government 365 days ago, ChinaAid Association has been fighting for his release. ChinaAid has had a petition to free Gao up on their Web site for most of the year. Despite several pleas and appeals to the government, however, there has been no sign of movement toward Gao's freedom.
It is likely that Gao is being tortured, as he was when he was taken into government custody in 2007. Rumors have been in circulation since December 2009 that Gao is dead, but there is no concrete evidence of this.
In honor of Gao today, ChinaAid is running a 24-hour advertising campaign on www.DrudgeReport.com. ChinaAid hopes that this campaign will raise awareness about Gao's condition to the millions who view the site daily. Advertising banners will link viewers to the ChinaAid Free Gao Web page. An ongoing petition is there as well as contact information for U.S. Representatives and the Office of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
If you have not signed the petition or contacted a Representative yet on Gao's behalf, please do so today by visiting www.FreeGao.com. Your initiative may bring justice to Gao, a man persecuted for his faith and defense of Jesus Christ.
Pray for Gao's freedom, his family and for the continuation of the spread of the Gospel in China on this unhappy anniversary.