Detained Since: March 5, 2011.
Charges: Inciting subversion of state power.
Sentence: Seven years in prison with three years' deprivation of political rights.
Biography: Zhu Yufu is a democracy advocate who reportedly is suffering ill-treatment in prison, one of about 1,295 Chinese citizens known or believed to be detained or imprisoned for exercising his or her human rights under international law. In 1998, he was one of the founders of the unrecognized Democracy Party of China (DPC). He also founded the "Opposition Party" magazine that carried articles about the DPC. He was sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment (and three-year deprivation of political rights) for publishing a poem that directed people to participate in the 2011 Chinese pro-democracy protests. Formerly a property worker at the Hangzhou City Shangcheng District Urban Housing Bureau, Zhu was convicted of inciting subversion of state power in 1999 and served five and a half years in prison for founding the "Opposition Party" magazine. After his release in 2006, he spoke out against the torture he had suffered in prison and continued to promote democratization. In 2007 he was detained again after a confrontation with a police officer who was questioning his son, and sentenced to two years in prison for "beating police and hindering public duty." Zhu was taken away by police on 7 March 2011. Officers also searched his home, confiscated two computers and other items. Zhu was criminally detained on suspicion of inciting subversion of state power and formally arrested on the same charge on 11 April 2011.
Zhu Yufu is currently UNDER HOUSE ARREST.
Past Advocate: Randy Hultgren (R-IL, Ret.)
Rep. Randy Hultgren delivered a statement on the House floor on behalf of Zhu Yufu. He called on Chinese authorities to release Zhu Yufu, or to at least improve his living conditions and provide him with proper medical care (February 10, 2016, Press Release, U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (R-IL)).
Rep. Randy Hultgren delivered a statement on the House floor and urged the Chinese authorities to stop their unjust detention and inhumane treatment of political prisoner Zhu Yufu (February 15, 2017, Press Release, U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (R-IL)).
Rep. Randy Hultgren (IL-14) delivered a statement on the House floor wishing a happy birthday to prisoner of conscience Zhu Yufu and demanding Chinese authorities release him from his unjust detention (February 14, 2018, Press Release, U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (R-IL)).
Zhu Yufu was released from prison on March 27, 2018, but remains under house arrest. He is under 24-hour human surveillance, and he needs special permission from security agents if he needs to see a doctor. He can only see designated doctors in a designated hospital with security agents.
Zhu Yufu was detained for a day with other activists on December 29, 2019 following attending dinner with someone who attended a Chinese Human Rights Defenders meeting earlier that month.