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Gao Zhisheng, head of the Beijing-based Zhisheng Legal Office, during an interview at his office in Beijing, 02 November 2005. Gao, a high-profile human and civil rights lawyer who recently urged Chinese leaders to end their persecution of the banned Falungong sect has been ordered to close his practice for one year. AFP PHOTO/Verna YU