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“All human beings are born free and equal

in dignity and rights.”

- Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Zhang Shaojie


Detained Since: November 16, 2013.

Charges: Swindling, and assembling a crowd to disrupt the public order.

Sentence: Twelve years in prison.

Biography: Zhang Shaojie is a Three-Self church pastor from Nanle County in China’s central Henan and former Nanle County Three-Self leader, was detained on Nov. 16, 2013, after a series of land disputes with local authorities.  Zhang and more than 20 members of his congregation were charged with “gathering a crowd to disrupt the public order.”  Zhang was also charged with fraud; the fabricated charge was based on help he gave to another detainee when her son was killed.  On July 4, 2014, Zhang was sentenced to 12 years in prison.  His final appeal was rejected on August 21, 2014.

Advocacy Partner: U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom

Advocate: Mark Meadows (R-NC).