【突发】【English】Offices raided, at least 15 labour NGO activists detained

Text/ Stand News
Translated/ Red Balloon Solidarity

// More than 15 labour NGO activists have been detained by the Chinese police in Guangzhou, Foshan and Beijing, just a few were released. Labour NGOs have played a significant role in supporting the Chinese migrant workers to defend their legal rights and promoting the rule of law in the country. This wave of arrest is by far one of the most serious attacks on the civil society and labour rights movement in recent years. Please pay attention to further updates. //

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Members of many Labour NGOs in Guangdong have been detained  by the police out of the blue. Their offices raided and some activists remained out of reach. Chen Huihai, the manager of Haige Labour Service Center, has told the media before being out of reach, that this prosecution is initiated by the Municipal Public Security Bureau, and is a concerted effort to suppress the Labour NGOs.

Various media sources have reported the incident as the greatest suppression against local labour NGOs since the arrest of Guangdong labour activist Liu Shaoming in May this year. It is analysed that matter is closely related to the rise of workers’ protests upon widespread bankruptcy or closure of factories in recent years. Labour NGOs have repeatedly assisted workers to bargain with the employers and the government, as the third party in collective bargaining and as the workers’ legal advisors. This contributed to frequent and intense conflicts between the NGOs and the local government.

It is reported that, in the morning of 3 December, the police seized the office of Haige Labour Service Center (previously Guangdong Labour Weiquan Lawy Firm Workers Training Unit), and taking away members including Bin xue, He bīng, Deng Xiaoming and workers Huang Dongmei, Cheng Nengwen.

At the same time, members of Panyu Migrant Worker and Sunflower Female Workers Center Zeng Feiyang, Zhu Xiaomei, Luo Hongmei, Peng Jiayong have also been taken away.

When Chen was interviewed earlier on, he indicated that he has hidden in a hotel room and would not be surprised if he is to be taken away. Recalling the restriction to crossing the border last month, he told the media that is going to be a massive suppression,

” The news is only confirmed about half an hour ago. They have spread their nest wide to catch us all. 4 members of my office are all charged. I am fortunate that I went to the government offices to obtain business information this afternoon that I am not yet found. But I guess I could not escape. I am now in a hotel room, hiding, but I could not escape from their surveillane. They have told me expressly that they are to take me away. You dont have to go, you cannot escape anyways, they said.”

That reporter tried to contact Chen a hour later but in vain. Fuhua police station later confirmed  that Bin Xue are there but they refused to say further. The officer later said that the authority in action is Criminal Division and the National Security Division, not the police station itself.

Radio Free Asia later confirmed that 4 members of the Haige Labour Service Center were released after taking statements, but others were still out of reach.

Besides, Foshan Nan Fei Yan Labour NGO manager He Xiaobo is arrested by a charge of financial misappropriation.

中文全文:

广东工厂倒闭潮 NGO助劳工维权被打压 多名负责人失踪

文:立场新闻

广东多个关注劳工权益的非政府组织突然遭到警方「扫荡」,部分负责人失去联络,截至昨日傍晚仍毫无音讯。当中「海哥劳工服务部」主任陈辉海,失去联络前向传媒表示,此次的抓捕行动由市公安局牵头,是针对整个劳工NGO的打压。

助劳工维权 与地方政府矛盾加剧

中国维权网指出,这是继今年5月30日对广东劳工权益保障人士刘少明抓捕后,广东当局对本地劳工NGO的一次全面扫荡。近年来,由于广东地区工厂倒闭潮的来临,大量工人加入了维权行列,而劳工NGO由于经常协助工人与资方、政府展开三方集体谈判,提供法律意见,也因此与地方政府的矛盾愈演愈烈。

自由亚洲电台报道,昨日(12月3日)上午,多名警察来到位于广州番禺区的海哥劳工服务部(原广东劳维律师事务所工人培训部),当时在服务部办公室内工作的宾雪、何兵以及两名到访的工友黄冬梅、成能文被警察带走。另一名员工邓小明也在返回办公室后遭到控制。

多人失去联络

与此同时,「番禺打工族」、「向阳花女工中心」的负责人及员工曾飞扬、朱小梅、骆红梅、彭家勇等4人失去联系。

该台记者当天下午2点多以电话联络上陈辉海,他表示目前躲藏在一间酒店内,但预料很快也会被警方带走。陈辉海说,上个月他突然被限制出境,相信此次打压行动针对整个劳工NGO群体:

「半个小时前才确定,他们是撒开大网全部抓捕,我们4个办公室的(员工)全部被控。虽然我今天中午由于去区政府拿些工商资料侥幸走出,但是我估计我也走不了。我目前虽然躲在一个酒店里面,但他们的那种监控设备,我是躲不了的。刚才他们已经明确通知要带我走,已经明确地叫我:你不需要走,你也走不了。」

以涉「财务侵占罪」带走

一个小时后,该台记者再次拨打陈辉海的手机时,提示电话已关机。其后该台记者致电富华派出所,对方承认宾雪等人确实在派出所内,但拒绝在电话中透露抓捕原因及何时放人,在记者追问之下,对方表示实施抓捕行动的不是派出所,让记者询问刑警大队及国保大队。

自由亚洲电台称,被广州番禺区富华派出所带走的4名「海哥劳工服务部」人员在派出所内做完笔录后已经获释。但其余失联人员还下落不明。另外,佛山劳工NGO南飞雁的负责人何晓波被警方以涉嫌「财务侵占罪」强行带走。

综合:亚洲自由电台维权网BBC中文网

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