A China More Just: My Fight As a Rights Lawyer in the World's Largest Communist State

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Broad PressU.S.A, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 255 pages
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Attorney. Activist. Fearless. Faithful.The story of one man who has taken on the worlds 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 Chinas most important lawyer. He has courageously sought justice for vulnerable groups such as the poor, the disabled, and the persecuted. Yet Gaos 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 Chinas 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.

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An amazing chronicle of life under communism in China for those who stand up for truth a justice. Gao Zhisheng went from a poverty-stricken child to the most prominent lawyer in China until he began to defend the Falun Gung and Christians. He has been in the news recently. Read full review

About the author (2007)

Gao Zhisheng rose from utter poverty to become one of Chinas 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, Chinas Ministry of Justice named him one of the nations top-ten attorneys. A Christian, Gao has since become known for his tenacious pursuit of justice on behalf of Chinas most vulnerablefrom exploited coal miners to democracy advocates, the poor, and victims of religious persecution.In 2005 Gao wrote a series of open letters to Chinas authorities detailing his investigation into the torture of members of the Falun Gong. Thereafter he found himself besieged, as he put it, by infuriated Party rulers. Gaos Beijing law firm was soon after shut down, his family put under surveillance, and attempts made on his life. In 2006 he initiated a series of hunger strikes that involved thousands worldwide. Gaos maltreatment by the Chinese regime has been the subject of formal resolutions by the United States Congress and the European Parliament. Rights groups such as Amnesty International have campaigned to ensure his welfare. He has been featured by The New York Times, Washington Post, The Guardian and many other prominent media.In 2006 Gao became the recipient of the Chinese Liberal Culture Movements Special Human Rights Award, the Asia-Pacific Human Rights Foundations Human Rights Champion Award, and in 2007 was awarded the American Board of Trial Advocates Courageous Advocacy Award. He is a Nobel Peace Prize nominee.

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