Gao Zhisheng's fight over the years

  • Gao Zhisheng starts taking action

    Mr Gao is denied access to courts for taking on political sensitive cases. He writes a letter to the gov. calling for an end to the torture of members of religious persecuted groups.
  • Period: to

    When it all started in 2005 until nowadays

  • Mr Gao is beaten

    He is beaten by police officers monitoring his home.
  • Mr Gao arrested

    The police notifies Mr gao's family of his arrest.
  • Gao Zhisheng is convicted

    Mr Gao is convicted and given a suspended three-year sentence with a five-years probation.
  • Letter to U.S. Congress

    Mr gao writes an open letter to the U.S. Congress detailing human rights violations in China.
  • Gao's family escapes

    Gao Zhisheng's wife and two children secretly free to the United States and seek asylum.
  • Mr Gao disappears

    In April 2010, Gao Zhisheng was instructed by government agents to visit his father-in-law in far Western China. He never returns.
  • Gao Zhisheng under detention

    The Chinese Foreign Ministry acknowledge for the first time the detention of Mr Gao.
  • Mr Gao mysteriously re-appears

  • Gao disappears again

  • Court sends Mr Gao to jail

    Beijing People's First Intermediate Court orders that Mr Gao fulfills the three-year sentence imposed upon him in December 2006.
  • Gao Zhisheng remains in prison up to this day