Civil Society in Hong Kong Protest Against the Eviction of the Urban Poor in Beijing
While the Beijing Municipal Government was busy evicting the so-called “low-end population” in the city, there was another “high-end seminar” in the name of “Beijing Hong Kong Economic Cooperation Symposium” taking place in Hong Kong while the Mayor of Beijing, Chen Jining, was presented at the opening ceremony.
Workers Victims of the Largest Bankruptcy in China Fighting for their Rights for 14 Years
During the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, nearly 300 former employees of the Guangdong International Trust and Investment Corporation (GITIC) protested at the company’s headquarter in Guangzhou on 12 October, demanding the payment of compensations which was promised by the company more than a decade ago. The rights defending actions of these workers lasted for more than ten years, some took turns to protest at GITIC during their day offs hopeful that their compensations would be repaid one day.
Detained Guangdong Labour Activists Sentenced
Three Guangdong labour activists - Zeng Feiyang, Zhu Xiaomei, and Tang Huanxing, who were arrested by Chinese police on 3 December 2015 - stood trial on charges of “gathering a crowd to disturb social order” on September 26, 2016 in the Panyu District Court in Guangzhou. Meng Han, who was arrested with them, remains detained in Guangzhou Detention Centre No. 1.
Labour Activists Meng Han Arrested Again
Guangdong labour activist, Meng Han, is again taken away by the authorities today (22/9) after being released from prison just earlier this month. According to reports, 8 policemen from the Guangzhou Nansha Jinzhou Police Station took away Meng Han from his apartment at around 2:30 p.m. Although the cause of his arrest has yet to be confirmed, but it is believed that it is related to the publication of his “Prison Notebooks” posted on his own blog, which is now deleted by the officials.
Factory “Shammed” Bankruptcy, 300 Electronics Factory Workers Went on Strike in Shenzhen
Last month (August 2017), more than 300 workers from the Shenzhen mobile phone motherboard manufacturer, Jielai Technology Co., Ltd. went on strike to recover back wages from the month of June, but the company suddenly announced bankruptcy in 29 August. Hence, the worker escalated their actions.
We Are Sold As “Pigs”—A Testimony of A Chinese Migrant Worker Under The “Belt and Road” Initiative
As a top Chinese national policy, the "Belt and Road" Initiative is not only exporting capital, technology, and labour on a large scale, but also transplanting common labour disputes of domestic enterprises to overseas in recent years. In an article published on August 24, "Voice of America" interviewed a Chinese migrant worker working in Africa, Li Dong (pseudonym), who witnesses the hardships endured by overseas Chinese migrant workers.
Liu Xiaobo: A Lifelong Fighter for Democracy, May His Soul Rest in Peace
Tonight (15/7/2017), we are deeply grieved to mourn the tragic death of the Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Liu Xiaobo. But sadness cannot conceal our anger towards the regime of the Chinese Communist Party. As an intellectual, Liu was arrested and sentenced to 11 years in prison for proposing constitutional reform, humanrights and democracy.
As Saipan Casino Opens, Migrant Construction Workers Still Fighting for Wages & Injury Compensations
On May 16, 2017, we called on allies to demand that the Hong Kong-based Imperial Pacific International Holdings Limited remedy the abusive labor conditions on its $500 million casino project in Saipan, a U.S. Commonwealth. As of July 6, the casino is now open, but the Chinese migrant workers who built it – doing grueling work for long hours under dangerous conditions – still have not been legally compensated.
Freedom of Speech is not a crime! Release labour rights activist Liu Shaoming now!
Labour rights activist Liu Shaoming, who has been indicted of “inciting subversion of state power” for publishing online memoirs of his recollections of the 1989 pro-democracy movement was sentenced to 4 and a half years in prison on July 7, 2017, which is close to the maximum penalty (5 years sentence) of the crime.
China Labour Activist Due to go on Trial
Under the authoritarian rule of the Chinese Communist Party, what happens to Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Liu Xiaobo is by no means a coincidence. In fact, many others in China are also facing charges of “Inciting Subversion of State Power”, and labour activist, Liu Shaoming, is one of them.