Recent efforts to help imprisoned dissident and Christian Zhu Yufu, whose life is feared to be in danger, have apparently resulted in intensified persecution of him, leading to a redoubling of efforts to try to win his release on medical parole.
Last week, ChinaAid founder and president Bob Fu took Zhu’s younger brother and sister in making the rounds in Washington, D.C. to appeal for U.S. government help for their brother, who is in his 60s and in very poor health.
Following those meetings with senior Congressmen who have long championed Chinese human rights cases and with State Department officials, family members back in China who had just concluded a prison with Zhu at the No. 4 Prison in Zhejiang province reported that he had apparently been beaten and had told his family that he feared death was imminent.
As a result those meetings last week, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission and the Congressional-Executive Commission on China are drafting a joint chairman’s declaration, and State Department’s director of the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs has promised to take diplomatic actions.
But in light of the most recent report from Zhu’s family, ChinaAid is redoubling its efforts. On April 15, ChinaAid’s legal counsel David E. Taylor wrote the letter below to the U.N.’s Human Rights Council, drawing their attention to the urgency of Zhu’s case and asking the Council to raise the case with the Chinese government and to seek an explanation for its treatment of Zhu.
ChinaAid hopes the U.S. government will face squarely the situation of frequent occurrences of human rights disasters in China and of politically motivated persecution and will take meaningful action that will clearly show the new leadership in China that: a new relationship between great nations that both China and the United States look forward to cannot be formed upon a foundation of disregard for human rights, freedom and other universal values. We urgently call on the Chinese government to immediately cease its abuse and persecution of Zhu Yufu and give him timely and necessary medical treatment and other humane treatment. At the same time, we call on the Chinese government to: immediately release all prisoners of conscience who have been imprisoned for their faith or for exercising their right to free expression, honor and abide by the U.N. covenants and agreements protecting human rights, and truly become a great nation that is responsible and civilized.
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