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Gao Zhisheng

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL3567, tabled on 24 November 2017

To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of China about the disappearance and current situation of Chinese lawyer Gao Zhiseng, who went missing in August.

Answered on

7 December 2017

We are deeply concerned about the case of Gao Zhisheng, particularly after his reported disappearance in August. We are continuing to work with international partners and others to seek further information about his whereabouts and his condition and to highlight our concerns about his case.

We raised Mr Gao's case with the Chinese authorities in a list of 'cases of concern' ahead of the UK/China Human Rights Dialogue in Beijing in June 2017.

FCO officials met Gao Zhisheng's daughter, Grace Gao, and representatives of a UK NGO on 16 October to discuss his case and obtain more information.