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Commission Investigates Handling of Chinese Activists

Washington, DC
Tuesday, February 14, 2012

As Chinese Vice President Xi visits the White House, Congress focuses on China's human rights record. Today's hearing of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China focuses on the condition of jailed lawyer-activist Gao Zhisheng, reportedly held in a remote Chinese prison.

Zhisheng, a self-taught lawyer who angered Chinese authorities by calling attention to civil rights abuses in his country, is serving out a three year criminal sentence. No one has been allowed to visit Zhisheng and the condition of his health is not known.

Witnesses include Zhisheng's wife and the wife of Guo Quan, another dissident serving a 10-year sentence.

Updated: Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 9:58am (ET)

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