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. Local prosecutors sent his case back a second time to the police for further investigation, and a hearing for him has yet to be set.   Zeng Feiyang was sentenced to 3 years and suspended for 4 years; while Zhu Xiaomei and Tang Huanxing were sentenced to 1.5 and suspended for 2 years. 

The Hong Kong Confederation would like to stress that the sentencing of the labour activists has set a very bad precedent on the independent labour movement in China as the rights to organize and freedom of association should be observed, while labour activists should be free from the risk of criminal prosecution when exercising these rights.  The prosecutions of the labour activists is not only a violation of principles of Freedom of Association, but also a political suppression on the independent labour movement in China.

On the morning of the 26th, more than 30 representatives from the HKCTU and other labour organizations staged a protest at the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government to support the labour activists on trial.  The HKCTU reiterate that the Chinese Government should stop all political suppressions on labour activists and respect workers’ rights to strike and freedom of association.  Meanwhile, we also demand the release of all detained labour activists, including Meng Han, and revoke all their criminal charges.