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Chinese rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng is still missing—that's two weeks after he was meant to be released from a suspended sentence. Now his daughter Gege is appealing to Chinese leader Wen Jiaobao. She's hoping her letter will at least get an answer about Gao's whereabouts.
For any kid, starting college is a new step in life. But for Gege—the daughter of renowned Chinese lawyer Gao Zhisheng—she will probably take that step without her father's guidance. Gao has been missing for more than 16 months. Now his daughter is appealing directly to Chinese leader Wen Jiaobao for his return.
In her letter, published by Hong Kong's Apple Daily on August 25th, Gege tells Wen Jiaobao how life has been for the past five years. The family of four was thrown into turmoil after the Chinese regime gave Gao a suspended sentence for alleged subversion in 2006. Gege writes: "During this time, police lived in my house, in our apartment building. They even built a house two meters across from our window. I had to go to school by police escort, in the end, I couldn't go to school."
Gege wrote to the Chinese leader, "Can you tell me where [my father] is? Can he call us? Can you at least tell me if he's still alive?"
[Gege, Daughter of Lawyer Gao Zhisheng]:
"I didn't think too much when I wrote this letter. I just felt, I really miss my father. I also want everyone to still be concerned for him. Also, I want Premier Wen Jiabao to take this seriously, and that our family can be reunited with my dad."
Gege's mother escaped to the United States with her and her younger brother in 2009. Shortly after, Gao disappeared while in the custody of Chinese security officials.