Joint Statement: Restore Meng Han’s Freedom, Stop all Surveillance Now

Restore Meng Han’s Freedom, Stop all Surveillance Now

MENG Han, a Guangdong labour activist, was released on 3 September after 21 months’ wrongful imprisonment. He was sentenced for “inciting a crowd to disturb public order” because he was merely participated in organising workers in collective labour disputes. We, the undersigned Hong Kong labour organisations, would like to reiterate that Meng was simply defending basic labour rights and exercising the right to freedom of association which, by no means, constitute any criminal offence.

Besides, we are deeply concerned for his personal freedom. Although Meng has reportedly expressed his willingness to continue participating in labour rights movement, he remains under the unlawful 24 hours’ surveillance by the authorities.

The International Labour Organization’s Committee of Freedom of Association (ILO-CFA) published an interim report last November responding to the complaint filed by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) against the Chinese Government on the arrests of labour activists, which has urged the Chinese Government to take the necessary steps to ensure that freedom of association is protected and the released labour activists should be allowed to continue to provide advisory services to workers without hindrance. Therefore, we are aggrieved that Meng’s personal freedom and his right to defend labour rights are persistently infringed by the Chinese Government. We solemnly demand that the Chinese Government must:

1. Ensure Meng’s personal freedom and basic human rights are not to be violated;

2. Ensure Meng can continue to offer any advisory service and organise workers for the defence of their own labour rights without any unreasonable restriction and violation;

3. Stop the arrests of all activists and the suppressions of civil society and labour movement.

Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions
Labour and Education Service Network
Labour Action China
Asia Monitor Resource Centre
Globalization Monitor
Students and Scholars against Corporate Misbehaviour
Worker Empowerment

勞工團體聯合聲明︰
出獄後被全天候監視 立即還孟晗自由
2017-09-14

廣東勞權人士孟晗,被囚二十一個月後已於日前(9月3日)獲釋。我們一眾香港勞工團體再次重申,孟晗因組織工人集體維權被控「聚眾擾亂社會秩序罪」而被判刑21個月,絕對是一場冤獄。孟晗所從事的組織工人維權工作,只是履行其結社自由與捍衛工人權益之基本權利,本身並不構成任何犯罪行為。與此同時,我們對孟晗的現況表示關注。據報,孟晗已明確表達希望繼續參與工人維權運動。可惜自出獄後,其行蹤一直被公安部門人員二十四小時監視,人身自由受到無理限制。孟晗既已重獲自由,當局無任何法律依據繼續限制其人身自由。

國際勞工組織於去年十一月發表了中期報告,回應了國際職工盟對中國政府拘捕勞權人士所作出的投訴。報告中要求中國政府必須保障被捕勞工團體領袖在不受任何不合理的限制和阻撓下,可繼續參與有關工人權益諮詢和維權工作。因此,我們對中國政府對孟晗的人身自由仍然作出限制,以及阻撓其選擇繼續為工人維權的權利感到極度憤怒,我們嚴正要求中國政府必須︰

1. 保障孟晗的人身自由和基本人權不被侵犯;

2. 保障孟晗在不受任何不合理的限制和阻撓下,可繼續參與有關工人權益諮詢和維權工作;

3. 停止濫捕、打壓公民社會和工人運動。

香港職工會聯盟
勞工教育及服務網絡
中國勞動透視
亞洲專訊資料研究中心
全球化監察
大學師生監察無良企業行動
勞動力