Prominent Chinese Human Rights Lawyer Confirmed Alive

(UPDATED) Gao Zhisheng had disappeared into police custody nearly two years ago.

Update (Mar. 1): According to a Radio Free Asia report confirmed by ChinaAid, family members of imprisoned Chinese lawyer Gao Zhisheng once again were allowed to visit him in January at Shaya Prison, where he still is being held for "defending those oppressed by China's atheistic government." This most recent visit confirms that Gao is still alive.

Since the family's first visit last year, U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and John Cornyn (R-TX) have begun a bipartisan effort to support Zhisheng's release and U.S. congressman Frank Wolf (R-VA) personally wrote to Zhisheng in support.

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For the first time in nearly two years, family members of prominent Chinese lawyer Gao Zhisheng have confirmed he is alive and in good health.

Often called the "conscience of China," the 47-year-old Christian disappeared into police custody in 2009, less than a year after being nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for his human-rights advocacy work, CT reported.

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