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SUDAN: Czech Aid Worker and Three Others on Trial

SUDAN: Czech Aid Worker and Three Others on Trial

Petr Jasek, a former hospital administrator from Czech Republic, is currently being tried in Khartoum, Sudan, on charges of “crimes against national security.” If convicted of the charges, Mr Jasek, along with two Sudanese pastors and another Sudanese man being tried on the same charges, could face the death penalty.

Mr Jasek has a 20-year background in the medical field, including 10 years as a hospital administrator. This experience and training uniquely qualified him to serve suffering people in places like Sudan. Mr Jasek has assisted VOM on different occasions to provide care to persecuted Christians in Sudan and Nigeria, including medical care for Christians attacked by Boko Haram.

Source: The Voice of the Martyrs USA

Prayer Points

  • Please pray for Mr Jasek, along with his co-accused, as their trial continues. Pray for favour with court officials, for justice in their trial and that all four men will be freed and allowed to return to their families.
  • Pray that God will continue to protect and sustain these men who have been unjustly imprisoned for more than nine months.
  • Pray for the wives and children of these men. Pray that God’s peace will reign in their hearts during this difficult time.
CHINA: Human Rights Lawyer Zhang Kai Released

CHINA: Human Rights Lawyer Zhang Kai Released

Chinese human rights lawyer and religious freedom defender Zhang Kai was released on 23 March 2016, according to social media reports.

Zhang Kai was detained on 25 August 2015 and accused of “disturbing social order,” stealing and spying, among other crimes. During six months’ detention under “residential surveillance at a designated location,” Zhang had no contact with his family or his lawyer, and was then placed in criminal detention. On 25 February, Zhang was shown on state media giving a televised “confession” admitting to “disturbing social order,” “endangering state security” and behaving in an unprofessional manner. Activists believe this confession was made under duress.

According to a social media message posted by Zhang on WeChat, he has been released and is back in his hometown in Inner Mongolia. At this point it is not clear whether he has been released on bail and what conditions, if any, there are on his release.

Zhang Kai, a Christian, has provided advice and information to churches facing the forced removal of their crosses in Zhejiang Province and defended pastors detained in connection with their peaceful opposition to restrictions on their right to freedom of religion or belief.

Zhang Kai is among over 300 lawyers and activists, as well as relatives and associates, who have been interrogated, detained, imprisoned or have disappeared since July 2015.

 Source: Christian Solidarity Worldwide

 Prayer Points

  • Thank the Lord for this wonderful mercy for Zhang, his family and fellow believers in China.
  • Ask the Lord to grant Zhang great wisdom to know how best to proceed in his work and ministry with the Chinese church.
  • Thank the Lord that in spite of man’s efforts to oppose the Gospel, the church in China continues to be faithful and continues to grow.

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CHINA: Lawyer Criminally Detained as Father Goes Missing

CHINA: Lawyer Criminally Detained as Father Goes Missing

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

Prayer Points

  • 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.

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