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Human Rights Defenders
"We stand in solidarity with citizens of the world to fight for decent work in China and other countries."
A diverse group of individuals and organizations are fighting to defend the human rights of manufacturing workers in China’s Pearl River Delta. Using a variety of techniques and approaches to help workers enforce their rights and promote corporate responsibility at the top of global supply chains, these human rights defenders aim to empower workers and improve working conditions in the high-tech electronics manufacturing sector.
Students & Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior (SACOM)
SACOM is a nonprofit organization based in Hong Kong that began as part a students’ labor movement and today, SACOM brings together students, scholars, activists, and consumers to monitor corporate behavior and advocate for workers’ rights. It investigates working conditions in factories and publishes its findings. It also advocates for a worker-based model of corporate activity monitoring, collaborating with worker communities to voice the concerns of workers.
China Labour Bulletin (CLB)
CLB is a labor rights monitoring and research group that was founded in 1994 by Tiananmen Square dissident Han Dongfang. CLB has authored numerous reports on labor rights issues in China. In 2003, CLB began its Labour Rights Litigation Program which identifies labor rights abuses and provides legal advice to affected workers. CLB uses the Chinese court system to seek justice through public interest litigation. They aim to strengthen local monitoring of labor conditions and oversight of employers. CLB also seeks to strengthen the role of labor unions in China.
Chinese Working Women Network (CWWN)
The CWWN trains factory workers on labor law and occupational health and safety and works for the long-term re-integration of rural migrant workers. It operates a migrant workers’ center where workers can share their experiences and organize. The center also helps female migrant workers form dormitory support groups. Using a renovated bus as a mobile women workers’ center, the CWWN brings books, video and broadcasting equipment, tools for physical check-ups, and individual and group counseling to female workers in the Pearl River Delta. The CWWN’s labor law resource kit provides a guide to labor contracts, social insurance, and wage laws that is easy for migrant workers to understand.
International organizations also play a vital role in helping to defend the human rights of workers in China’s Pearl River Delta. China Labor Watch (CLW) uses research and advocacy to improve enforcement of Chinese and international labor standards and improve factory conditions. Human Rights in China (HRIC) uses international and domestic advocacy to highlight human rights abuses. HRIC also conducts research, publishes reports, and develops recommendations for both the Chinese government and business actors. The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) defends workers’ human rights by promoting cooperation among many actors. ITUC advocates for just working conditions by working with local trade unions and labor activists.