On 3 December, 2015, the authorities in Guangdong performed a wide-ranging crackdown on labour rights activists and labour organizations. 7 labour activists were detained or went missing, including Zeng Feiyang, the director of Panyu Workers’ Centre, and Meng Han, former staff member of Panyu Workers’ Centre. The detained activists were denied the basic right to meet with lawyers and the government news agency released defaming reports against them. This is without a doubt a brutal and illegal political repression.
The international labour movement and global civil society have since been pressuring the government of the PRC to stop the crackdown against labour NGOs. In early 2016, 5 labour activists were released on bail. As of 8 April, 2016, Zeng Feiyang and Meng Han remain detained.
This May Day, concerned labour groups in Hong Kong are launching a global campaign. Postcards supporting the arrested labour activists will be collected and sent to the detention centres. The world will not forget, and the international community will continue to pressure the Chinese government. Drop all the charges and release the detained labour activists!
How to participate in the campaign
If you are in Hong Kong:
If you are outside of Hong Kong:
For more information, please visit the FB page: https://www.facebook.com/freechineselabouractivists/?fref=ts