China: About 50 labour activists detained by authorities, 7 criminally detained among which 5 were charged & sentenced

"After detaining seven labor activists for more than a month, on January 8 the Chinese government formally arrested four of the activists. Their names are Zeng Feiyang, Zhu Xiaomei, and Meng Han (all of the Panyu Workers Center), and He Xiaobo (of the Nanfeiyan Social Worker Center). Zeng, Zhu, and Meng have been arrested for “gathering crowds to disturb public order”, while He was arrested on the grounds of “embezzlement”. The activists have continually been denied their right to meet their lawyers..."

"[M]ore than nine months after they were arrested amid a crackdown on civic organizations...Zeng Feiyang...was charged with “gathering a crowd to disturb social order” and sentenced to three years with a four-year suspension. The two other organizers, Tang Jian and Zhu Xiaomei, were sentenced to one and a half years in prison with two-year suspensions..."

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Author: 傅才德、儲百亮, 紐約時報(美國)

勞工團體和活動人士周六表示,中國南方的警方近日逮捕了至少三名工人維權領導者。中國南部是世界上最重要的製造業中心之一,那裡的勞工抗議正在日益增加,此時發生這樣的事情,也令人擔心中共對民間團體的最新一波打壓活動擴展到了一個新的領域…廣東番禺打工族服務部負責人曾飛洋上週五遭到刑事拘留,罪名是“聚眾擾亂社會秩序”。同樣遭到拘留的還有勞工組織者朱小梅,以及佛山一個幫助受傷工人組織的負責人何曉波。

曾飛洋是一名律師,也是中國最著名的勞工活動組織者,他的非政府組織幫助工人從管理層那裡爭取更好的薪酬和福利待遇…中國勞工通訊…的資料顯示,廣東的罷工和抗議活動近幾個月來已經增加逾一倍,從今年7月的23起提高到了11月的56起。 “很明顯,抗議活動的增加和勞工運動的發展已經引起了當局擔心,”郭展睿在電話採訪中說。 “他們不知道如何應對,能想出的唯一解決辦法就是打壓那些真正想幫忙的人。”一位研究勞工問題的中國學者…說…拘留可能是一個信號,警告工人不要參與共產黨控制的中華全國總工會之外的勞工活動… [提及本田]

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