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.
1. Asia Monitor Resource Centre2. Globalization Monitor3. Worker Empowerment4. Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions5. Labour Education and Service Network6. Labour Action China7. Students and Scholars against Corporate Misbehaviour8. Borderless Movement9. China Labour Bulletin10. Korean House for International Solidarity11. Worker's Initiative - Kolkata12. Sedane Association13. Justice & Peace Commission of the H.K. Catholic Diocese14. International Fire Fighters 15. Yokohama Action Research16. Neighbourhood and Worker's Service Centre17. Clean Clothes Campaign East Asia Coalition18. No Chains
Contact person: Ming Lam 94934368
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 Association13. 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