Chinese lawyer detained for defending churches

Wenling Yanxia Christian Church in Zhejiang is one of many to have been destroyed by the Chinese government A human rights lawyer has been detained for six months after defending Chinese churches in their fight against demolition and cross removal. Zhang Kai was taken by police from a Christian church in Wenzhou, in the province of Zhejiang. Chinese attorneys have confirmed Zhang has been confined to six months of residential surveillance on suspicion of “endangering state security” and “disturbing the public order.” These are two charges frequently brought against dissidents in China and are used to prevent lawyers meeting with their clients. Residential surveillance usually means “hotels, so the investigators can contact the parties directly,” said another rights protection lawyer, Liu Xiaoyuan. “The party is left alone in the room, and the...Read more

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