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Mon May 16 18:40:04 MDT 2005
Yantai Worker Li Xintao Was Sentenced to Five Years¡¯ Imprisonment
China Labor Watch Press Release
May 15, 2005
China Labor Watch has learned that Li Xintao, former workers of the Huamei
Garment Company in Muping town of Yantai City, Shandong Province, was
sentenced to five years¡¯ imprisonment by the Muping Municipal Court on May
11, and Kong Jun, a 42-year old female worker from the same company, was
sentenced to serve two years in jail.
Li, Kong and two other workers were detained by the police in November 2004
when they appealed to the local government about delayed payment of wages
and failure on the part of their employer to pay for required insurance.
They were later officially arrested on charges of ¡°disturbing government
institutions¡± and ¡°disturbing social order¡±.
It is said that the Huamei Garment Company, a state-owned enterprise that
employs more than 100 workers, filed for bankruptcy in August, 2002. It was
not until 2003 that the workers found out the management had stopped paying
for their insurance as early as March 2001. Therefore, not only did they
receive no allowance from the management, but they were also ineligible any
More than 40 workers, led by Li Xintao, started to appeal to the local
government and Bureau of Labor starting in July, 2004, under the slogan
¡°We need to live, we need to eat, give us justice¡±. However, their appeal
brought no positive result.
The other two workers were released after spending almost a month at the
detention center and paying a bail of 3,000 RMB. Kong Jun was released on
the 28th day of detention on medical grounds after leaving their housing
documents as a deposit. Parole was denied to 52-year-old Li Xintao who has
been in detention since then.
According to China Labor Watch¡¯s sources, Li and Kong¡¯s families will
appeal to a higher court. However, no lawyer from local law offices dares
to take their cases. Their families are contacting lawyers from elsewhere
to defend them at the court.
China Labor Watch strongly urges the higher court reject the verdict of the
Mupin Municipal Court and the Yantai city government immediately take
measures to solve the problems that workers are facing.
China Labor Watch
China Labor Watch
P.O. Box 4134
Grand Central Station
New York, NY 10163-4134
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