I have been writing a lot about Uganda lately but sadly, that is only one of too many places in the world where one’s beliefs and speech can cost you freedom and much, much more.
According to advocacy group ChinaAid, the Chinese authorities have detained Gao Zhisheng. Here is a letter to the Chinese government that you can sign at the FreeGao website.
To the Attention of: Chinese Ambassador Mr. Zhou Wenzhong
We are aware that Chinese authorities have detained Christian attorney Gao Zhisheng since February 4, 2009. He was at the home of relatives in his hometown in Shaanxi province when more than a dozen Public Security Bureau (PSB) officers forcibly took him away. He is being held at an undisclosed location.
Gao Zhisheng is a 2008 Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Chinese army veteran and prominent Christian attorney. He cares deeply for the nation of China, and is a loyal citizen. Since 2005, Gao has been repeatedly kidnapped, arrested, imprisoned and tortured by Chinese authorities for his work defending those persecuted for their faith. He, his wife and two children have been monitored and tormented by authorities for more than two years.
We, the undersigned, are deeply concerned about Gao Zhisheng’s welfare and why he is being detained. This act of arbitrary detention itself is in violation of Chinese law.
We are praying for the leaders of China and formally request that you release Gao Zhisheng immediately. Thank you for your kind attention to this matter.
There is a Facebook group with more information about Gao here.
I signed the petition, and I urge you do as well.