Human rights activists ask politicians to openly support Chinese dissident

A group of human rights’ activists have called on Czech top officials to openly voice their support for Chinese prisoner of conscience Gao Zhisheng. The group which met in the Senate on the occasion of the launch of the Czech version of the lawyer’s book A China More Just - My Fight as a Human Rights’ Lawyer in the World's Largest Communist State, called on the Czech president, prime minister and foreign minister to bring up the human rights issue in talks with Chinese top officials. They criticized the fact that on too many past occasions human rights issues have been overshadowed by economic interests.