February 2007

Japan: Support homeless against forced eviction by Osaka city government

2007-02-02 - oiwan
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(caption: homeless tent in Osaka's public park by Elijah under CC)

The Osaka city government plans to evict squatters at Nagai Park (Feb 5) to prepare for the 2007 IAAF World Championships in Athletics. Earlier in Jan, the authories issued an order stating that if homeless did not leave by Jan 21 they would be forced to remove their tents.

日本友人中桐康介的信

2007-02-03 - ikusei
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(Not a direct translation)

各位朋友

你好。你們還記得05年12月反世貿被捕和檢控的日本人,中桐康介(Nakagiri Kosuke)嗎?

他06年初得到香港和全球爭取正義的朋友們的聲援並釋放回國以後,繼續住在公園(長居公園Nagai Park)聲援露宿者,參與各種爭取全球正義的活動。

今天(1月30日)中桐等住在長居公園的朋友們收到管理該公園的大阪市政府的執行強制拆除命令書,命令書說2月5日將強制摘除中桐在內的14個露宿者帳蓬。大阪市還向中桐等要求拆除費用(一個帳蓬10萬日元)。

Closure of Disney's factory in China

2007-02-05 - chong
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Author/Lung

Huangxing Light Manufacturing is an OEM factory supplying souvenirs for The Walt Disney Company in Longgang area, Shenzhen, China. Last year it was criticized by concern groups as a sweatshop. Yet Disney company did not work on improving its labour condition. Instead it cancelled all orders placed on Huangxing. What it did is to evade its social responsibility, force the factory to close down and leave workers' jobless!

According to international practice, if an OEM factory is found having environmental and labour problems, company usually would continue to place order and give a one-year grace period. But Disney does not follow it this time.

迪士尼聞過則怒,年尾打破八百工人飯碗!

2007-02-05 - chong
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文:龍

深圳市龍崗區,煌星輕工制品廠,一家為迪士尼樂園生產紀念品的日資代工廠(OEM),於去年(2006年)被揭發為血汗工場。迪士尼聞過則怒,不思改善工廠勞動條件,反而馬上停掉煌星廠的訂單,推卸企業責任,迫使工廠結業,引致工人失業!

據國際慣例,如代工廠被消費者團體查出有環保或勞工問題,品牌企業須繼續下單,給工廠一年緩衝期作改善,但這次迪士尼並沒有這樣做。

工廠於1月31日,突然宣告停產,約八百工人於年關之前失業!工廠現在拖欠每位員工社保基金,代通知金和遣散費等,少者數千元,多者二三萬元,涉及金額高達4-500萬元人民幣。

Disney Cutting & Running

DISNEY Refuses Responsibility for 800 Laid-Off Chinese Workers Students and labor groups protested outside the DISNEY Hong Kong office

From SACOM

Shenzhen-based Huang Xing Factory used to receive up to 80% of its orders from DISNEY and manufactured branded merchandise such as Mickey key chains and purses. It however had lost a substantial amount of the orders from DISNEY soon after SACOM drew the attention of mass media to sweatshop labor at Huang Xing in September 2006.

Japan: Racist comic magazine: foreigner crime case

2007-02-08 - oiwan

Gaijin Hanzai Ura File (Foreigner crime underground file)is an comic magazine full of distorted information and imagines about foreigners. And it promotes fear against foreigners (mainly Chinese and Korean) by reciting "everyone will become a target of ‘gaijin crime’ in 2007".

公開聆訊 徹底調查 捍衛學術自由

2007-02-12 - chong

1.事態嚴重

教育學院副校長陸鴻基近日透露多宗事例,並據此公開指控教育統籌局官員行為失當,多番干預院校自主及學術自由。這些指控如果屬實,則港人一貫珍而重之並受《基本法》保障的基本權利,已遭官員肆意侵犯和踐踏。由於事態嚴重,我們除了表示震驚和憂慮之外,更呼籲當局徹底調查今次事件,讓真相水落石出。

2.公開聆訊

Networking for East Asian Union

2007-02-13 - oiwan

Last week(Feb 8, 2007), Kim Youngkon and Kim Donghae (husband and wife couple), visited Hong Kong to network with local worker organizations for consolidating East Asian workers solidarity.

I had not prepared for the chat as I had not heard of Mr and Mrs Kim's visit before and I had little background about their trip. After learning their critique of labour movement and their proposal for East Asia labour Union, I decided to develop the informal chat into this interview.

Kim Youngkon is now a lecturer in University. In 1972, he left his study and became an air conditioner worker (underground labour activist) until 1987, when the military government had given way to civil government. Since then, he worked in labour organization as activist for 10 years.

V-day and Ai Xiao-ming's the Vagina monologue

2007-02-14 - oiwan

The whole world is celebrating Valentine's Day, news like million dollars chocolate diamond hit the most popular international news, and the blogosphere is resonating the Love packaging consumption day.

Not many are aware that today is also the V-day, V stands for Victory, Valentine and Vagina.