Chinese labour activist released from prison

Earlier this week, labour activist Meng Han was released after almost 2 years in a Chinese jail. Meng had been working for the Panyu Workers’ Service Centre, a now dissolved labour rights group based in Guangzhou, and was convicted for supporting workers in their struggle against management. Authorities saw Meng as a serious threat having imprisoned him before in 2013. In his trial, Meng pleaded guilty after his immediate family came under pressure from authorities, and was handed the harshest sentence of his fellow co-accused.