Update as of the 14th December 2015 on the Chinese detained labour NGO activists
On December 6, family members of Meng Han successfully made deposit for him in the First Detention Centre of Guangzhou City. This indirectly proved his detention. Up till now, six labour activists have been confirmed detained
On December 16, a supporting group published a detailed summary to the suppression and harassment to labour activists and their families. Up to 14th December, 2015, three have been detained ; two were put behind bars in the First Detention Centre of Guangzhou City, whose charges are yet to be confirmed; five have been taken by the police for interrogation but were subsequently released; whereabouts of two were uncertain; one dormitory for worker-volunteers was searched and one’s home was inspected for hygiene conditions. (Note: The above information was collated before Meng Han’s detention was confirmed today.)
Solidarity groups in Hong Kong called for joint global actions on December 21, inviting trade unions, labour organizations and labour and human rights activists to protest in front of the local Liaison Office or Chinese Embassy or to demonstrate in landmarks.
Up till December 16, more than 100 groups and 2,000 people signed a statement issued by the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions and other labour organizations. A petition to the Chinese President Xi Jinping launched by a group of International Labour and Chinese Studies scholars on December 14 has also gained more than 120 signatories.