Please pray for our brother in Christ in China, human rights lawyer Zhang Kai, who was placed under ‘criminal detention’ on 26 February.
On the same day, Zhang’s father was summoned to the offices of the Wenzhou Municipal Public Security Bureau – and has not been seen since. Until 26 February, Zhang was being held in an unregistered or illegal ‘black jail,’ his home for the past six months.
Zhang Kai is being held because of his involvement with Zhejiang churches which the authorities have targeted for demolition or cross removal for more than two years. He was arrested in August in Wenzhou city, where he was helping churches mount a legal challenge.
Zhang was originally charged with “endangering national security” and “gathering crowds to disturb the social order.” There has since been concern that these could be replaced with the more serious charge of ‘spying.’
Sources: China Aid, Release International
- Please pray for the immediate release of Zhang Kai and his father.
- Pray that the Chinese authorities will end their persecution of churches in Zhejiang and of lawyers defending religious rights.
- Pray that churches in Zhejiang will find a fresh unity as congregations of all denominations are targeted for attack.
VOM’s partner office in the UK has launched a petition calling on the Chinese Government to release Zhang immediately. Please sign the online petition and forward to your contacts to sign also.