Han Dongfang

HK bosses rule out debate on labour reforms

Hong Kong factory bosses have rejected appeals by the China Labour Bulletin activist group to debate a controversial plan that would allow Guangdong workers to collectively negotiate wages and benefits.

Friday, 24 September, 2010, 12:00am

A quiet patriot who paid an enormous price

No tycoons or top government officials will attend Lo Hoi-sing's funeral. Today, few people even know who he was. Yet, Lo, who died last week aged 61, exemplified the kind of courage and generosity that any civilised society needs in its citizens in order to flourish.

17 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Eye Witness

Describe the changes in Hong Kong over the past 10 years?

23 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Under the threat of violence

Chinese citizens are starting to stand up for their rights, and they are doing so collectively. Over the past couple of years, increasing numbers of grass-roots-based rights campaigns have been taking place across the mainland, both in cities and rural areas.

10 May 2006 - 12:00am

Teachers hold sit-in protest at wage cuts

About 100 retired teachers staged a sit-in protest against wage cuts outside government headquarters in Jiangsu province's Pizhou city last Wednesday, a labour watchdog reported yesterday.

15 Dec 2002 - 12:00am

Horror of June 4 still fresh in activist's memory

Exiled dissident Han Dongfang - who missed the June 4 march for the first time 10 days ago - said he would make sure he attends the candlelight vigil at Victoria Park tonight.

The former labour activist said he was one of many who did not notice that the annual pre-June 4 march had been staged a week earlier than usual.

4 Jun 2002 - 12:00am

Dissident clings to hope as mood swings in land of exile

Dissident Han Dongfang, who has been exiled since 1993 and secured permanent residency last year, concedes his case is testimony to the 'one country, two systems' policy.

But he said he had prepared for the worst should the Government tighten up in future.

3 Jun 2002 - 12:00am

Dissidents 'have much work to do'

The director of New York-based Human Rights in China said the dissident movement had a lot of work to do.

Liu Qing said its immediate task both in and out of China was to appeal for international support and win the release of all the political prisoners.

'Appeals have to be made and governments and the United Nations have to be lobbied,' he said.

23 Dec 1998 - 12:00am

'Mistakes committed eight years ago will not become right'

Tung Chee-hwa's call for the 'baggage of June 4' to be set aside put the future leader in the firing line.

Leading a prayer to commemorate the 1989 pro-democracy movement, the Reverend Chu Yiu-ming said: 'We have heard calls for us to forget. That shows that those who have killed their own people have failed to repent for what they did.

5 Jun 1997 - 12:00am

Activists threaten to blow secrecy on asylum moves

Human rights activists are threatening to blow the conspiracy of silence shrouding efforts to relocate Chinese dissidents from Hong Kong to Western nations before the handover.

Pressure is increasing to find places for political exiles amid signs that countries are growing tired of taking them.

24 Jul 1996 - 12:00am

Democracy protesters pledge to keep faith

More than 3,000 protesters calling for democracy in China marched on the headquarters of Xinhua (the New China News Agency) yesterday, pledging to continue their battle beyond the handover.

Some of the protesters, marking the seventh anniversary of the June 4 Beijing massacre, scuffled with police outside the building in Happy Valley.

3 Jun 1996 - 12:00am

Han's lonely struggle

EXILED activist Han Dongfang apologised and dashed off to a nearby telephone in a Central coffee shop. 'Please excuse me for a minute.' Five minutes later, he returned and whispered in a low voice: 'I can't find Wang Hui, she is supposed to wait for my call.

4 Feb 1996 - 12:00am

Ire over unionist Han

THE Governor has been accused of shirking his responsibilities for urging China to let dissident unionist Han Dongfang back into the mainland.

Deputy director of Xinhua (the New China News Agency), Zhang Junsheng, yesterday reacted angrily to Mr Patten's statement on Monday, when he said the responsibility for Mr Han's presence in the territory lay in China's lap.

13 Sep 1995 - 12:00am

Handling Han Dongfang

TWO years ago dissident and workers' rights campaigner Han Dongfang was caught trying to re-enter his native China. He was expelled and suffered the serious and unexpected punishment of having his passport withdrawn. He is still in Hong Kong trying to get his passport back and return home.

12 Sep 1995 - 12:00am

The reluctant exile

YOU didn't have to witness the pain of June 4, be thrown into a mainland jail for 22 months, expelled by your own country and be miles away from your family to appreciate a man like Han Dongfang. His experience speaks for itself.

3 Jun 1995 - 12:00am