UN rights body calls on China to release rights lawyer

New York, Mar. 28: The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has called on China to release that country's best known rights lawyer, Gao Zhisheng, who has been declared missing for nearly a year.

The UN body said Zhisheng's detention was in violation of international law, and demanded his immediate release, The Telegraph reports.

The whereabouts of Zhisheng, a Christian lawyer who helped defend members of China's banned Falun Gong spiritual group, have been unknown since April last year, when he resurfaced briefly after being abducted from his relative's home in Shaanxi province in early February 2009.

The UN body said Beijing should "provide for reparation of the harm caused" to Zhisheng.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry did not comment on the issue.

Copyright Asian News International/DailyIndia.com