Last week, on the occasion of the International Workers Day, the Hong Kong Confederations of Trade Unions (HKCTU) launched a Global Action Week under the slogan “Say NO to Labour Suppression” to demand the immediate release of three labour activists detained since December 2015.
Indeed, between the 3rd and 5th December 2015, in the Guangdong Province, at least 25 employees and volunteers from four labour organisations were detained and questioned by the police and seven of them were put into prolonged custody or forced to “disappear”. After a series of global and mainland local advocacy, four activists were released. Yet, Zeng Feiyang, director of Panyu Migrant Workers Centre, his colleague Meng Han and He Xiaobo, director of Foshan Nanfeiyan Social Work Centre, continue to be detained.
The three detainees are all labour activists in Guangdong Province, who have been vocal in the labour movement in China. Thus, HKCTU and labour organisations launched a global action week to last until May 9, to urge global labour organisations to send postcards to the Chinese embassies, demanding the immediate release of the activists and a halt to the crackdown on civil society.
Details on the action can be found at the link here.
SOLIDAR members have been active to support workers’ rights in China and denounced the fact that