Newsletter July 2022

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Hello!

You are reading our first newsletter! We will send a newsletter every month to update you on our work and labour rights issues in Hong Kong on the ground. 

In this first issue, we will tell you about our vision and what we’ve done in the past few months. 

Who are we? 

Hong Kong Labour Rights Monitor is a UK-based NGO run by independent trade unionists, labour rights activists, and researchers with a special focus on Hong Kong’s labour rights issues.

We speak up for workers in Hong Kong and amplify their voices across the world. Our work focuses on three areas: research, analysis and advocacy. Learn more about our battle for Hong Kong labour rights on the global front.

New Report: Hong Kong Trade Union Movement under the National Security Law

Hong Kong’s independent trade union movement faces unprecedented suppression under the city’s draconian National Security Law (NSL).

Our latest report “Hong Kong Trade Union Movement under the National Security Law: Two years into the authoritarian rule” documented the authorities’ relentless attacks to silence and criminalize the city’s once-thriving independent labour movement. 

Advocacy Efforts

Mung Siu Tat meet UN human rights expert during the UN Human Rights Committee reviewing Hong Kong human rights situation.
Mung Siu Tat meet UN human rights expert during the UN Human Rights Committee reviewing Hong Kong human rights situation.

UN advocacy 

In early July, our Executive Director Siu-Tat Mung brought our advocacy efforts to the United Nations. He presented our report to United Nation experts and delegations to the UN Human Rights Committee and the International Labour Organization (ILO). Read more about his trip to Geneva.

Connect global trade unions 

In April and June, we went to the Netherlands and France to connect with the labour unions there. Read Mung’s speech to the French Democratic Federation of Labour (CFDT) here. Our story also appeared in the Trouw, one of the bigger national newspapers in the Netherlands. 

Hong Kong Labour Rights Monitor Executive Director Mung Siu Tat speaking at CDFT congress on June 16, 2022.
Hong Kong Labour Rights Monitor Executive Director Mung Siu Tat speaking at CDFT congress on June 16, 2022.

Free labour unionists behind bars

Five speech therapists from the General Union of Hong Kong Speech Therapists are charged with sedition over a series of children’s books. The Hong Kong court has ruled on prima facie evidence against them. Their case is adjourned until 18 July.

General Union of Hong Kong Speech Theraphists

Here our Managing Director Cho-Ming Lam spoke to TaiwanPlus about how the Hong Kong government has also used various draconian sedition laws and other similar criminal offences, which were passed during colonial British rule, to target unions and their core members. We are watching the development closely and will keep you updated. 

So, this is the wrap-up of our work for the past few months. Tell us what you think about it. All comments and suggestions are welcome! Remember to follow us on TwitterInstagram and Facebook

In solidarity, 

HK Labour Rights Monitor

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