As a mother of two and a wife whose husband has been kidnapped and tortured by the Communist Party of China, Geng He under­stands all too well what the people of Hong Kong are fighting against.

Her husband, the prominent human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng, was once lauded by the Chinese Ministry of Justice as one of China’s top 10 lawyers. His collision with the communist regime began when he started providing legal aid to Christians, Falun Gong practitioners, and activists.

It has been over two years since Geng He has seen him.

When ICC spoke with her on November 5, she told us, “Today marks the 814th day of his disappearance. There still has been no news whatsoever with regards to his where­abouts.”

It started with the death threats, then it moved into harassment. For years, the family was monitored, harassed, and threatened by the government. Gao was even beaten by the authorities. In August 2006, Gao disappeared for the first time. He was accused of “subver­sion,” and sentenced to three years in prison.

Geng He and her two children managed to escape to the US in 2009, but they have never forgotten about their beloved hus­band and father.

In December 2011, Gao was imprisoned again for allegedly violating the conditions of his suspended three-year sentence. Although released from prison on August 7, 2014, he continued to be placed under house arrest until August 2017, when he disappeared again. He is believed to be held in an undisclosed loca­tion with no contact with the outside world.

The physical condition that her husband was in when Geng He last saw him was deplorable.

“Gao has lost at least six of his lower teeth, and is only able to eat porridge like an old man. What can he possibly do to the govern­ment? Yet he was forcibly taken away. Why does the government still fear him?” she raised her voice as she posed the question.

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