Free Zhang Kai
**FIGHT UPDATE: Zhang Kai has been released! Find out more here
For the past six months, Zhang Kai has been detained for six months in a ‘black jail’ – no one knows where he is and he has no access to the outside world or his family.
Zhang Kai is a prominent human rights lawyer and a Christian. Prior to his arrest he organised a team to defend churches facing the forced removal of their crosses or the demolition of their buildings.
Zhang Kai knew the danger he was facing by standing up for human rights. He was imprisoned and tortured before, in 2009. Shortly before he was detained, Zhang told a friend “I’ve made up my mind: the most they can do is jail me. But if I stay silent, I’ll regret it my whole life.”
In February 2016 Zhang Kai gave a televised “confession” admitting to “disturbing social order”. He had no access to a lawyer and activists believe the “confession” was the result of coercion.
Lord, we pray that Zhang Kai would be strengthened and encouraged as he faces this difficult situation. Give the Chinese authorities compassionate hearts, and help them to see the innocence of this man. We ask that your kingdom would come in China today.
Make some noise
Help raise awareness for this cause by sharing this information on social media.
Get more involved
Sign a downloadable letter calling for Zhang Kai’s immediate release, and encourage others to sign it too.
Send the letter to your embassy as soon as possible - You can find your embassy address when you download the letter from the CSW website.Visit the website
Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) works in over 20 countries across Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America, defending everyone’s right to freedom of religion or belief.
Three quarters of the world’s population lives in countries with severe restrictions on their religious freedom – in fact, it’s one of the most widely-violated human rights in the world.
CSW are working to change this. Their vision is of a world where everyone is free to choose their beliefs – to hold and practice any religion they like, or none at all.