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AP Interview: Chinese lawyer not giving up despite torture

  • Grace Geng, the daughter of one of China's most prominent human rights lawyers Gao Zhisheng, presents a book authored by her father at a news conference in Hong Kong, Tuesday, June 14, 2016. The book, titled “Stand Up China 2017 - China’s Hope: What I Learned During Five Years as a Political Prisoner” is a memoir by Gao in which he details the torture he says he endured while detained and jailed as well as three years of being held in solitary confinement. Before being detained and jailed, Gao was a leading figure in the country's small community of rights lawyers and was admired for his bold defense of politically sensitive members of the banned Falun Gong spiritual movement and farmers with land disputes. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

    Grace Geng, the daughter of one of China's most prominent human rights lawyers Gao Zhisheng, presents a book authored by her father at a news conference in Hong Kong, Tuesday, June 14, 2016. The book, titled “Stand Up China 2017 - China’s Hope: What I Learned During Five Years as a Political Prisoner” is a memoir by Gao in which he details the torture he says he endured while detained and jailed as well as three years of being held in solitary confinement. Before being detained and jailed, Gao was a leading figure in the country's small community of rights lawyers and was admired for his bold defense of politically sensitive members of the banned Falun Gong spiritual movement and farmers with land disputes. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)  (The Associated Press)

  • Grace Geng, the daughter of one of China's most prominent human rights lawyers, Gao Zhisheng, attends the launch of a book, titled “Stand Up China 2017 - China's Hope: What I Learned During Five Years as a Political Prisoner”, written by her father, at a news conference in Hong Kong, Tuesday, June 14, 2016. The book is a memoir by Gao in which he details the torture he says he endured while detained and jailed as well as three years of being held in solitary confinement. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

    Grace Geng, the daughter of one of China's most prominent human rights lawyers, Gao Zhisheng, attends the launch of a book, titled “Stand Up China 2017 - China's Hope: What I Learned During Five Years as a Political Prisoner”, written by her father, at a news conference in Hong Kong, Tuesday, June 14, 2016. The book is a memoir by Gao in which he details the torture he says he endured while detained and jailed as well as three years of being held in solitary confinement. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)  (The Associated Press)

  • Grace Geng, the daughter of one of China's most prominent human rights lawyers, Gao Zhisheng, holds a book, titled “Stand Up China 2017 - China's Hope: What I Learned During Five Years as a Political Prisoner”, written by her father, at a news conference in Hong Kong, Tuesday, June 14, 2016. The book is a memoir by Gao in which he details the torture he says he endured while detained and jailed as well as three years of being held in solitary confinement. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

    Grace Geng, the daughter of one of China's most prominent human rights lawyers, Gao Zhisheng, holds a book, titled “Stand Up China 2017 - China's Hope: What I Learned During Five Years as a Political Prisoner”, written by her father, at a news conference in Hong Kong, Tuesday, June 14, 2016. The book is a memoir by Gao in which he details the torture he says he endured while detained and jailed as well as three years of being held in solitary confinement. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)  (The Associated Press)

One of China's best-known dissident lawyers says his newly published memoir is his latest act of resistance to show he has not been silenced by years of solitary confinement and torture.

In an exclusive interview with The Associated Press, Gao Zhisheng says he wrote his book "to expose the truth and crimes of this regime."

The Chinese-language book, titled "Stand Up China 2017 — China's Hope: What I Learned During Five Years as a Political Prisoner," was launched in Hong Kong on Tuesday at an event attended by Gao's daughter.

In the book, Gao recounts the torture he says he endured, as well as the three years he spent in solitary confinement. China's Public Security Ministry had no immediate response to a request for comment on Gao's book.