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On July 2, 2017, Jiangxi rights activist Liu Shaoming, who resides in Guangzhou, was sentenced by the Guangzhou Intermediate People’s Court to four years and six months in prison and three years’ deprivation of political rights for “inciting subversion of state power.” Liu Shaoming was accused of...
It has been two years since labor rights activist Liu Shaoming was detained, and over a year since his trial. Still, the court has yet to issue a verdict. Though initially in good health, Liu has experienced abdominal pain since October 2016, and the pain has intensified this year, a worrisome sign...
  • Liu Ping
The trial of three asset transparency advocates— Liu Ping ( 刘萍) , Wei Zhongping ( 魏忠平) , and Li Sihua ( 李思华) —concluded today at Yushui District People’s Court in Xinyu, Jiangxi Province. The court did not issue a ruling. All three were tried for “illegal assembly”; Liu and Wei were charged with...
On July 20 and 21, 300 workers from the Guizhou Dazhong Rubber Company held a sit-in to protest their bosses’ embezzlement of government resources and exploitation of workers’ interests, and to ask the authorities to address the problems. On July 20, the authorities sent an official to the protest...
Li Wangyang , a veteran labor rights activist from Hunan Province, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for “incitement to subvert state power” by the People’s Intermediate Court of Shaoyang on September 20, 2001. Li was accused of subversion for demanding that the government pay for treatment of...
Formalistic cooperation masks rejection of key labor rights
A critique of the American labor movement’s stance Last year, one of the principal activities of the main US union federation, the AFL-CIO, was a high-profile campaign against the United States granting Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) status to China. Kent Wong and Elaine Bernard argue that...
The Chinese working class, the ACTFU & engagement While sharing some of the concerns raised by Kent Wong and Elaine Bernard about US organized labor’s “China Campaign,” the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions (HKCTU) and China Labour Bulletin (CLB) argue against their proposal for...
Detained in a psychiatric hospital for championing worker rights
NEEDED: A bill of rights for the trade regime Robert A. Senser Three cheers for Sharon K. Hom’s article, “Playing by whose rules and for what ends?” in the Spring 2000 issue of China Rights Forum. To her credit, she raises basic questions about the values and goals of the World Trade Organization (...
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