POLITICAL PRISONER:Grace Geng gave DPP Legislator Yu Mei-nu a copy of her father’s book, in which she asks President Tsai Ing-wen to help him and Chinese people
Date: Jun 18, 2016
By: Alison Hsiao / Staff reporter
Chinese human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng’s (高智晟) daughter, Grace Geng (耿格), yesterday
Grace Geng displays her note to President Tsai Ing-wen inside a controversial new book by her father, Chinese human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng, pleading for help at a news conference in Taipei yesterday. Photo: AFP
pleaded for President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) to help her father, as he has been living under close surveillance by Chinese authorities since his release from jail in 2014.
Yang Hsien-hung (楊憲宏), chairman of the Taiwan Association for China Human Rights (TACHR), one of the co-organizers of a book launch event organized by the Legislative Yuan’s Parliamentary Cross-Party Group on International Human Rights, where Geng made the plea for help, said that Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmaker Albert Ho (何俊仁) had planned to attend the event, but was unable to do so due to the recent return of Lam Wing-kei (林榮基), the former manager of Causeway Bay Books in Hong Kong who was abducted by Chinese authorities.
Geng, who in 2009 escaped from China with her mother and brother to the US, said she has signed a copy of her father’s book and hopes that it will be handed to Tsai, “the first female democratically elected president of Taiwan.”
Gao’s book, Stand Up China 2017 — China’s Hope: What I Learned During Five Years as a Political Prisoner, detailed how he has been repeatedly kidnapped, confined, tortured and beaten since 2004 by Chinese authorities. [FULL STORY]