In Solidarity with the Detained Jasic Workers: The Fight for Freedom of Association is Not a Crime

 

The Hong Kong civil society continues to lend their support to the Jasic workers struggle.  In solidarity with the detained Jasic workers and their supporters who fought for their rights to unionization, 30 representatives from Hong Kong civil society marched on to the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the HHKSAR to demand the release of all labour activists.
 
The protestors are especially enraged with the situation of Fu Changguo, a labour NGO staff and Zhang Zeying, the wife of detained Jasic worker Li Zhan.  Fu’s mother just passed away last week but his request to attend his mother’s funeral was rejected by the authorities.  However, he was arrested merely because he shared news of the Jasic labour struggle on various “Wechat” groups with his friends and associates.  Meanwhile, for publicly supported her husband, Zhang has also been taken away by the authorities on 2 January and she is still on lactation after giving birth to a child last March.  As the couple are now under custody, their new born child has been withdrawn from all parental care overnight.
 
      
 
Along with the other 34 detainees, Fu and Zhang are neither allowed to contact their families nor given the rights to legal representations.  Such restrictions are blatant violations of their basic human and legal rights that transgress all humanitarian standards.  In a time when the Chinese Government is repeatedly reiterating its respect on rule of law after re-sentencing a Canadian found guilty of drug smuggling to death, it is ironic that innocent citizens like Fu and Zhang, whose only “crime” was to support the workers and their love ones to unionization, are now treated as serious criminals.
 
 
But make no mistake, those who fight for the workers’ right to freedom of association are by no means criminals, only those who obstruct it are.
 
Complete List of Detainees Related to the Jasic Workers Struggle:
 
1.     Mi Jiuping, male, Jasic worker, charged with criminal offence and awaiting trial since July.
2.     Yu Juncong, male, charged with criminal offence and awaiting trial since July
3.     Liu Penghua, male, charged with criminal offence and awaiting trial since July
4.     Li Zhan, male, charged with criminal offence and awaiting trial since July
5.     hen Mengyu, female, Graduate of Sun Yat-sen University, forcibly disappeared since August
6.     Yue Xin, female, Graduate of Peking University, forcibly disappeared since August
7.     Gu Jiayue, female, Graduate of Peking University, under “residential surveillance in a designated location” since August
8.     Xu Zhongliang, male, Graduate of University of Science and Technology Beijing, under “residential surveillance in a designated location” since August
9.     Zheng Yongming, male, Graduate of Nanjing Agricultural University, under “residential surveillance in a designated location” since August
10.   Fu Changguo, male, Staff of a workers’ center “Da Gong Zhe”, and awaiting trial since July.
11.   Wu Lijie, male, Editor of a left media site “HongQi”, arrested on October 24th
12.   Zhang Shengye, female, Graduate of Peking University, arrested in Beijing on November 9th
13.   Sun Min, female, Graduate of Peking University, arrested in Guangzhou on November 9th
14.   Zong Yang, male, Graduate of Peking University, arrested in Beijing on November 9th
15.   Liang Xiaogang, male, Worker Supporter, arrested in Shanghai on November 9th
16.   Zheng Shiyou, male, Worker Supporter, arrested in Wuhan on November 11th
17.   Zheng Yiran, male, Graduate of Peking University, arrested in Beijing on November 9th
18.   Lu Daxing, male, Graduate of Nanjing University of Science and Technology, arrested in Beijing on November 9th
19.   Li Xiaoxian, female, Graduate of Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine, arrested in Beijing on November 9th
20.   He Pengchao, male, Graduate of Peking University, founder of Qing Ying Dreamworks Social Worker Center, arrested in Beijing on November 9th
21.   Wang Xiangyi, female, Graduate of Peking University, founder of Qing Ying Dreamworks Social Worker Center, arrested in Shenzhen on November 9th
22.   Jian Xiaowei, female, Graduate of Remin University, staff of Qing Ying Dreamworks Social Worker Center, arrested in Shenzhen on November 9th
23.   Hou Changshan, female, Graduate of Beijing Foreign Studies University, staff of Qing Ying Dreamworks Social Worker Center, arrested in Shenzhen on November 9th
24.   Wang Xiaomei, female, Graduate of Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology, staff of Qing Ying Dreamworks Social Worker Center, arrested in Shenzhen on November 9th
25.   He Xiumei, female, Supporter of Qing Ying Dreamworks Social Worker Center, arrested in Shenzhen on November 9th
26.   Zou Liping, female, Local trade union staff, arrested in Shenzhen on November 9th
27.   Li Ao, male, ocal trade union staff, arrested in Shenzhen on November 9th
28.   Hu Zhi, male, Worker Supporter, arrested in Wuhan on December 28th
29.   Chen Yeling, female, Worker Supporter, arrested in Wuhan on December 28th
30.   Yu Kailong, male, Worker Supporter, arrested in Wuhan on December 30th
31.   Zhan Zhenzhen, male, Undergraduate of Peking University, arrested in Changsha on January 2nd
32.   Zhang Zeying, female, Worker Supporter, arrested in Changsha on January 2nd
33.   Lan Zhiwei, male, , Worker Supporter, arrested in Changsha on January 2nd
34.   Li Yuanzhu, male, , Worker Supporter, arrested on January 3rd
35.   Mu Yingshan, female, Graduate of Nanjing Normal University, arrested on January 3rd
36.   Yang Zhengjun, male, Graduate of Minzu University of China, arrested on January 8th