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||: Gao Zhisheng
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“Mr. Gao… is one of the most well-known dissidents in China.
An outspoken government critic…
he has taken on cases that many Chinese lawyers would not dare touch.”
---The New York Times---
“Gao Zhisheng… is among the most daring of a generation of self-trained lawyers who have been pushing the Chinese government to obey its own laws.”
“Already one of the most prominent lawyers of his generation, Gao, 41,
has taken a public stand… in favour of the most oppressed groups in China:
democracy campaigners, victims of religious persecution, mine accident widows and
peasants who have had their land seized by the authorities.”
Attorney. Activist. Fearless. Faithful.
The story of one man who has taken on the world’s largest authoritarian regime… And, in the eyes of many, won.
Born and raised in a cave with only the stars to tell time, Gao Zhisheng rose from poverty to become China’s most important lawyer. He has courageously sought justice for vulnerable groups such as the poor, the disabled, and the persecuted. Yet Gao’s fortitude has drawn the ire of Communist authorities. Today, physical threat and police surveillance are a constant reality for both Gao and his family. Undeterred, he has responded in the nonviolent tradition of Gandhi by launching nationwide hunger strikes to intensify the call for justice and human rights in China. His undaunted resolve and generous spirit have won the hearts of millions. Whispers can be heard in China’s streets, “Will Gao Zhisheng become the next president?”
Part memoir, part social commentary, part call to action, A China More Just is a penetrating account of contemporary China through the life of one attorney. Its selection of writings takes readers from a village in rural China to urban courtrooms, mountainside torture chambers, and the halls of a reluctant government. A China More Just is at once witty and raw, touching and wrenching, sober and playful.
A CHINA MORE JUST
--My Fight as a Rights Lawyer in the World’s Largest Communist State
Courageous Fighter, by Kerry Brown, China Rights Forum - HRIC
"It is important, therefore, to read the sobering reminders of books like these. ... It is written from the unique perspective of a person trying to change China from the inside out, rather than the other way around. And Gao’s account of the punishments meted out to practitioners of Falun Gong, ... , offers plenty of food for thought for those trying to make sense of the new, bold China put on display."
A Courageous Advocate Challenges Repression, by Ed Chapin
"Gao's achievements are heroic. Few people in history have successfully challenged the authority of a repressive and inhumane regime within the rule of law as he has done."
About the Author
Gao Zhisheng rose from utter poverty to become one of China’s most acclaimed lawyers and a leading advocate for the oppressed. Life took a most unlikely turn in 1991 when Gao happened to learn, while selling vegetables by the roadside, that the country was looking to train new lawyers. Though possessed only a middle-school education, Gao taught himself law and passed the national bar examination in 1995.
Gao made headlines in 1999 by winning the largest medical malpractice lawsuit in Chinese history. In 2001, China’s Ministry of Justice named him one of the nation’s top-ten attorneys. A C