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U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren: “On Zhu Yufu’s Birthday, the Least China can do is Provide Proper Medical Treatment”

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren
U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren

■ Hultgren Urges Full Release of Chinese Prisoner of Conscience

Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today called on Chinese authorities to release Zhu Yufu from imprisonment once and for all or, at the very least, provide him with proper medical treatment and improve his living conditions. A fearless democracy activist, Zhu Yufu was sentenced to prison four year ago today, and celebrates his 63rd birthday on Saturday.

Rep. Hultgren delivered a statement on the House floor highlighting his plight in collaboration with theDefending Freedoms Project, a joint effort by the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) and Amnesty International USA. Valuable information about the plight of Zhu Yufu and thousands of other political prisoners in China is available via the Congressional-Executive Commission on China’s Political Prisoner Database.

Rep. Hultgren delivered the following prepared remarks:

I rise today yet again in need of bringing the world’s attention to the plight of Zhu Yufu.

Four years ago today, this democracy advocate was unjustly sentenced by the Chinese government to seven years behind bars, following previous imprisonments.

Zhu Yufu, who is currently
imprisoned in China. (Photo:
China Aid)
His tireless advocacy for democratic rights, freedom of speech, and the rule of law is worthy of praise, yet the Chinese government has harassed and jailed him numerous times on faulty charges.

He is in a poor health: he is not able to stand without support, and he has coronary heart disease and a coronary artery tumor, in addition to other ailments.

Yet Chinese authorities refuse to provide him with medical care or medication.

Further, they have forced him to do hard labor, and have caused the job losses of his family members.

This Saturday, Zhu Yufu turns 63 years old.

The least the Chinese government could do is provide him with proper medical treatment, improve his living conditions, and leave his family alone.

If this nation is serious about demonstrating any legitimate leadership, it should release him and the hundreds of others like him immediately.

Rep. Hultgren is an Executive Committee-member of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission (TLHRC) and a commissioner on both the Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) and the Helsinki Commission (Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe).

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