Breaking News: HE Xiaobo was released. Two still being detained
HE Xiaobo, one of the seven detained Guangdong labour activists and director of the Nanfeiyan Workers Service Center, was released on bail and returned home to his family yesterday evening. In an audio message, He affirmed that he has returned home safely and would like to extend his gratitude to everyone for their support.
Latest on Detained Chinese Labour Activists
On January 9, after 37 days of detention, Guangzhou labour activists Peng Jiayong and Deng Xiaoming were released and escorted back to their home towns. However, lawyers of fellow activists Zeng Feiyang, Meng Han, and Zhu Xiaomei confirmed that their arrests were approved with charges of “gathering a crowd to disturb social order” on the same day.
Global Solidarity Demands Release of Detained Chinese Labour Activists
On Dec 21th, 2015, trade unions and labour NGOs from around the globe demonstrated their solidarity in support the detained Chinese labour activists. Global trade unions including the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), IndustriALL, International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers' Association (IUF), and national unions from France, Italy, Sweden, Belarus, New Zealand, Cape Verde, the Philippines and Sri Lanka have respectively expressed their concerns to the Chinese government and demanded the release of the detained labour activists.
Update as of the 5th December 2015 on the Chinese detained labor NGO activists
According to reliable sources obtained by Red Balloon, as of the 5th December 2015, altogether 21 labor activists were arrested by the police. Three of them are right now under criminal detention. 14 of them were released after inquisition. Another four labor activists cannot be reached. In addition, 6 family members of the labor activists have been approached and questioned by the police.
Directors went missing: NGOs under attack due to assisting workers affected by factory closures
Many labour rights NGOs in Guangdong Province have suddenly been “raided” by police recently. Some of the directors of these NGOs went missing and at the time of writing, their whereabouts remain unknown. Director of Haige Workers’ Services Centre, Chen Huihai had told the media that these abductions meant to suppress the labour NGOs and were led by the municipal police, before he lost contacts with the media.
Breaking news: Artigas Workers’ representative Wu Weifa was released
Artigas Workers’ representatives Wu Weifa was released and had a re-union with her family on 8 Oct 2015. Since 9 June this year, she was caught by the police during strike and in prison for 4 months because of “obstructing official business”.
Latest development of the artigas workers strike
Starting from 20 July, workers gradually signed the agreement, even it was against their own will. The employer-drafted agreement states that workers resign voluntarily and Lever Style Inc. offers them a “relief fund”, calculated by their years of services. Workers would receive 500 yuan per year of services if they work shorter than 10 years in the factory.