Amnesty International's position on #GaoZhisheng's release

Amnesty International welcomes human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng's release from prison; he should never have been imprisoned in the first place.

His release however has not been unconditional as he continues to have his political rights deprived for one more year in line with his original sentence. Public security officials have some leeway on how this additional punishment will be implemented. This is particularly worrying given the case history (enforced disappearance, torture).

Amnesty International calls for all restriction on his freedom of movement and expression to be lifted.

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