Honorable Carrie Lam
Chief Executive of Hong Kong
Office of the Chief Executive
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
People’s Republic of China
Ms. Chief Executive Carrie Lam
On behalf of Unifor, Canada’s largest private sector union, I write to condemn the arrest and charges against Lee Cheuk Yan, the General Secretary of the Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions, and the Vice Chairman of the Hong Kong Labour Party.
The charges against Lee Cheuk Yan and other human rights defenders for “unlawful assembly” resulting from their participation in a public protest 8 months ago in August of 2019 are unjustified. Freedom of Assembly is a core, human right that is fundamental to trade union freedoms.
These charges are not legitimate and can only be seen as intimidation against the Hong Kong labour movement and the democracy movement.
Unifor Canada reiterates and expresses its full support for the demands sent to you by Sister Sharon Burrow, General Secretary of the International Trade Union Congress:
- Drop all criminal charges against Lee Cheuk Yan, Yeung Sum and Jimmy Lai and all peaceful protesters associated with the anti-extradition bill protests.
- Lift all restrictions on peaceful assemblies and ensure that peaceful assemblies can be conducted without police interference.
- Stop anti-union discrimination and unfair dismissals and ensure reinstatement of the workers affected.
- Stop arresting and prosecuting people who participate in peaceful assemblies.
- Establish an independent commission of inquiry to investigate human rights violations, including excessive police violence and arbitrary detentions.
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Chris Tang, Commissioner of Police email@example.com
Sharon Burrow, General Secretary, International Trade Union Congress firstname.lastname@example.org
Hong Kong Federation of Unions email@example.com