Skip to content Skip to navigation

Dissident Zhu Yufu Sentenced to Seven Years for “Inciting Subversion”

February 10, 2012

On February 10, 2011, the Hangzhou Intermediate People’s Court sentenced Zhu Yufu (朱虞夫), a 59-year-old Hangzhou-based dissident, to seven years of imprisonment and three years of deprivation of political rights for “inciting subversion of state power.” Zhu said he would appeal verdict.

Zhu’s wife Jian Hangli (姜杭莉) and their son Zhu Ang (朱昂) attended the hearing, which lasted for less than 20 minutes. Zhu Ang told Human Rights in China (HRIC) “Our family absolutely cannot accept this ruling; the authorities are outrageous and arbitrary. We just cannot acquiesce to such a heavy sentence. My father is nearly 60 years old and ;in poor health—putting him in jail for seven years is too inhumane, too cruel.” One of his defense lawyers, Li Dunyong (李敦勇), said, “This is politics, not law.”

The verdict states that the court based its conviction on the fact that he was previously imprisoned for organizing the illegal organization, China Democratic Party (CDP), and that he continued, after his release, to engage in activities as a CDP member to endanger state security. The verdict lists those activities, including: 1) fundraising for political prisoners and their families in hardship; 2) publishing, via overseas websites and media outlets, speech that attacked and slandered China’s state power and socialism; 3) sending, via the Internet, material that he wrote, including the song “Go behind Enemy Lines” (到敌人后方去), and the poem “It’s Time” (是时候了), to incite the public to gather illegally.

The verdict also states that Zhu was given a heavy sentence because “his protracted engagement in criminal activities that endanger national security constitutes a major crime” and because he is a “repeated offender.”

In February 2011, the Chinese authorities, in an effort to suppress Jasmine Rally activities, cracked down harshly on dissidents and independent intellectuals. Zhu was detained on March 5 on suspicion of “inciting subversion of state power,” and was formally arrested on April 11. He was tried on January 31, 2012.

This is Zhu’s third conviction. Previously, for his role in founding the China Democratic Party, he was convicted of “subversion of state power” and served seven years in prison (1999-2006).  In 2007, one year after his release, Zhu was tried for “obstructing official business” and sentenced to two years in prison.


For more information on Zhu Yufu, see:

Explore Topics

Access to Information Access to Justice Administrative Detention Arbitrary Detention Asset Transparency Bilateral Dialogue
Black Jail Book Review Business And Human Rights Censorship Children Chinese Law
Citizen Activism Citizen Journalists Citizen Participation Civil Society Communist Party Of China Consumer Safety
Corruption Counterterrorism Cultural Revolution Current and Political Events Cyber Security Daily Challenges
Democratic And Political Reform Demolition And Relocation  Dissidents Economic Reform Education Enforced Disappearance
Environment Ethnic Minorities EU-China Family Planning Farmers Freedom of Association
Freedom of Expression Freedom of Press Freedom of Religion Government Accountability Government regulation Government transparency
Great Leap Forward Heilongjiang Lawyers’ Detention Historical Anecdotes History/Experience Hong Kong House Arrest
House Church Hukou Human Rights Council Human rights updates Ideological Contest Illegal Search And Detention
Inciting Subversion Of State Power Information Control  Information monitoring Information technology Information, Communications, Technology (ICT) International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR)
International Human Rights International Investment  International Relations International Trade International Window Internet
Internet Governance Judicial Reform June Fourth Kidnapping Labor Camps Labor Rights
Land, Property, Housing Lawyer's rights Lawyers Legal System Legal World Letters from the Mainland
Major Event (Environment, Food Safety, Accident, etc.) Mao Zedong Microblogs (Weibo) National People's Congress (NPC) New Citizens Movement Non-Governmental Organization (NGO)
Olympics Online Activism Open Government Information Personal Story Persons With Disabilities Police Brutality
Political commentary Political Prisoner Politics Prisoner Of Conscience Propaganda Protests And Petitions
Public Appeal Racial Discrimination Reeducation-Through-Labor Rights Defenders Rights Defense Rule Of Law
Southern Street Movement Southern Weekly Special Topic State compensation State Secrets State Security
Subversion Of State Power Surveillance Taiwan Technology Thoughts/Theories Tiananmen Mothers
Tibet Torture Typical cases United Nations Uyghurs, Uighurs Vulnerable Groups
Women Xinjiang Youth Youth Perspective