Gao Zhisheng is one of the most respected human rights lawyers in China. He has defended activists and religious minorities and documented human rights abuses in China. This award-winning lawyer has handled a number of high-profile human rights cases, including those of Christians in Xinjiang and Falun Gong practitioners. In August 2006, after numerous death threats and continued harassment, Gao disappeared. In 2006, Gao was convicted of “subversion,” and was sentenced to three years in prison. He was incarcerated in December 2011 for allegedly violating the conditions of his suspended three-year sentence. Gao was released from prison on August 7, 2014, and was kept under house arrest until August 2017, and is now reportedly being held in custody with no contact with the outside world.
- Zhisheng has released a book titled "Year 2017, Stand up China - A Narration by Geo Zhisheng, a Human Rights Lawyer Under Torture", documenting torture during his imprisonment while also predicting the fall of the Communist Regime in 2017. (June 24, 2016, Epoch Times).
- In August, 2017, Gao Zhisheng went missing from his house arrest; in November, reports surfaced that Gao is being held in secret police custody in Shaanxi province, in a darkened room with no access to the outside.