Investigation on Corporate misconduct is not a crime. Free the labour activists now! 入廠查企業違規無罪,刑拘可恥。立即釋放3名勞權人士!
Investigation on Corporate misconduct is not a crime. Free the labour activists now!
On May 30th, three labour activists Hua Haifeng, Li Zhao and Su Heng were being arrested by Jiangxi public security when they were investigating labour conditions of a Huajian Group’s factory, which has manufactured Ivanka Trump’s branded shoes. Those labour activists are still kept under criminal detention for over 23 days, and are prosecuted for illegal use of eavesdropping equipment.

The development of global supply chain and the profit maximization of multinational corporations are at the expense of the labour rights and environmental protection. Corporates have rarely been prosecuted and local governments turn a blind eye to their misconducts, the violation of law has already become a norm of the corporate practice. Labour activists investigated the corporate misconducts by uncovering investigation; the aim of the investigation is to foster public understanding of corporate misconduct. This investigating method is often being used to find out the truth when there is a lack of labour rights in the society. Investigators who are manifesting social justice should not be regarded as illegal and being arrested.

It is noted that the labour activists were being arrested when the factory found out they obtained adequate evidence that the factory of Huajian Group violates the labour laws and the misuse of student workers. The misconduct of the factory is liable to prosecution and punitive actions should be taken in accordance with the laws. Yet, three labour activists who are investigating illegal acts of the corporation are being arrested, instead of the Huajian Group, which objectively violate the public genuine rights to know, and prevent the world from knowing the truth.

As a group of labour NGOs concerning China labour rights, we believed the arrest is an act of collusion between the corporation and the local government to suppress labour activists. The petition contains the following demands:

1. The Jiangxi government should immediately release the labour activists- Hua Haifeng, Li Zhao and Su Heng;
2. Impose punishments on Huajian Group’s misconduct, and proceed to rectify the problem immediately;
3. Ensure public’s right to obtain information. Shame on criminal detention, not corporate misconduct investigation!

Update on June 29, 2017:

Although Hua Haifeng, Li Zhao and Su Heng were released by the government officials on June 28, we would like to reiterate that their investigation on corporate misconduct was not a criminal offence. We further call on the Chinese Government to drop all charges against them, and instead ensure that the three activists can continue monitoring labour rights offences without any hindrance or future repercussions.

Signed by,

1. Asia Monitor Resource Centre
2. Globalization Monitor
3. Worker Empowerment
4. Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions
5. Labour Education and Service Network
6. Labour Action China
7. Students and Scholars against Corporate Misbehaviour
8. Borderless Movement
9. China Labour Bulletin
10. Korean House for International Solidarity
11. Worker's Initiative - Kolkata
12. Sedane Association
13. Justice & Peace Commission of the H.K. Catholic Diocese
14. International Fire Fighters
15. Yokohama Action Research
16. Neighbourhood and Worker's Service Centre
17. Clean Clothes Campaign East Asia Coalition
18. No Chains

Contact person: Ming Lam 94934368

入廠查企業違規無罪,刑拘可恥。立即釋放3名勞權人士!
2017年5月30日,内地三名勞權人士華海峰、李招及蘇恆以入廠打工的名義,在江西一家為美國總統特朗普女兒的品牌企業(伊凡卡)生產皮鞋的工廠-華堅工廠-調查其勞動用工狀況時,被江西公安扣捕。其後傳出三人被指非法使用竊聽工具,被刑事拘留至今已超過20天。

全球生產鏈不斷擴張,在各地投資的跨國企業為了追求最大利潤,往往犧牲當地勞工權益及環境保護。當地政府因招商引資而對企業的違規行為視而不見,甚少檢控,導致工廠違法行為成為常態。這幾名勞權人士,以入廠方式調查企業行為,目的只是讓公眾了解企業的違法生產。這種調查方法是勞權不彰的社會普遍用作尋找真相的方法。远些以彰顯社會公義為目的的調査人員,絕對不應被視為非法及遭到扣捕。

據悉,三名勞權人士在調查中獲得華堅集團工廠違反勞動法,濫用學生工等證據後,被工廠發現後報警才被捕。工廠違法應該遭到檢控及依法懲處,但被拘捕的卻是三名查證違法行為的勞權人士,客觀上就是阻止公眾有知情權,阻止外界了解真相。

作為關注中國內地勞權團體,我們認為這次逮捕是企業勾結地方政府打壓勞權人士的行為! 我們嚴正提出以下的要求:

一、江西政府立即釋放華海峰、李招及蘇恆三名勞權人士;

二、要求立即懲處華堅鞋廠的違法行為,並進行整改;

三、保障公眾知情權,査廠無罪,刑拘可恥!

2017年6月29日更新:

雖然華海峰、李招和蘇恆已於六月二十八日獲釋,但我們必須重申,他們所從事的企業行為不當調查並不是犯罪行為。同時,我們亦要求中國政府撤銷一切對上述三人的指控,並確保三人日後所從事的勞工權益監察工作,不受任何阻撓和影響。

團體聯署:

1. 亞洲專訊資料研究中心
2. 全球化監察
3. 勞動力
4. 香港職工會聯盟
5. 勞工教育及服務網絡
6. 中國勞動透視
7. 大學師生監察無良企業行動
8. 無國界社運
9. 中國勞工通訊
10. Korean House for International Solidarity (韓國國際團結之家)
11. Worker's Initiative - Kolkata (工人倡議 - 加爾各答)
12. Sedane Association
13. 香港天主教正義和平委員會
14. International Fire Fighters (國際消防員)
15. Yokohama Action Research (橫濱行動研究)
16. 街坊工友服務處
17. 清潔衣服運動東亞聯盟
18. 無枷鎖

聯絡人:Ming Lam 94934368

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