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.
As a worker, Liu was at the forefront of the pro-democratic movement in 1989 and he has been committed to organize workers to defend labour rights in recent years. Four days prior to his arrest in May 2015, Liu published online memoirs of his recollections of the events in June 4th Tiananmen Square Massacre and has been detained ever since.
Since 2015, Liu Shaoming has been charged with "inciting subversion of state power" and detained for more than two years. But the case has yet to be concluded. Quoting from Liu Shaoming’s family, Liu’s representative attorney, Wu Kuiming, stated that his case will be heard in Guangzhou Intermediate People's Court on July 7. If found guilty, Liu Shaoming may face sentence up to five years in prison.
The HKCTU would like to stress that Liu Shaoming was simply exercising his basic rights to freedom of association and speech in organizing workers and releasing his memoirs. Therefore, the HKCTU urge the Chinese government to immediately release Liu Shaoming and withdraw all charges against him.