News of the release comes after the U.S. called for the detainees release earlier this month. The activists worked with New York-based advocacy group China Labor Watch, and were released on bail after being kept by the Chinese government for 30 days—on the final day of their legally required 30-day detention period limit. The three activists were released on bail pending trial, according to the AP.
Hua Haifeng, one of the released activists told the AP, “I will speak to everyone in a few days’ time after we organize. I’m happy to be out. I just want to spend some time with my family. I appreciate the media following my case the last month but I’m not ready to speak yet.”
The activists were investigating Huajian Group factories, which names Ivanka Trump’s eponymous brand among its clients. The activists were investigating the company due to allegations of low wages, excessive overtime, verbal abuse and possible mistreatment of student workers.
The China Labor Watch said in a statement that it hopes the court will provide the investigators with a fair trial.
Ivanka Trump has yet to release a statement on the matter, while Marc Fisher, the company that licenses the Ivanka Trump brand, maintains that it is looking into the allegations.