UN rights body denounces detention of China lawyer

December 23, 2011 14:11

BEIJING - A United Nations human rights body denounced on Friday the detention of one of China's best known human rights lawyers, Gao Zhisheng, urging the government to release him.

A Beijing court sent Gao back to jail earlier this month, though he appears never to have escaped secretive confinement in the first place.

"It is alarming that Mr. Gao continues to be arbitrarily detained. His detention over the years has resulted in various human rights violations, including his fundamental right to a fair trial," El Hadji Malick Sow, chair-rapporteur of the UN's Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, said in a statement. "I urge the authorities to release Mr. Gao."

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