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3 November 2016: Great news for Andy: Thai Court dismisses the Attorney General and Natural Fruit’s criminal defamation case against Andy Hall for his participation in an Aljazeera interview, after almost four years of court cases. Read more here. However he still faces a three-year suspended sentence and fine having been found guilty of 'computer crimes' and 'criminal defamation' on 20 September, against which he will be appealing.

We held a live, online Question & Answer session with Andy and our supporters. Click HERE to read all of Andy’s answers.

Andy Hall is a British campaigner with a special focus on the rights of migrant workers. Two years ago he undertook an investigation on behalf of Finnwatch into potential labour abuses at Natural Fruit, part of NatGroup, a Thai company that processes pineapples and supplies retailers around the world.

Instead of addressing the allegations published in Finnwatch’s report, Natural Fruit decided to try and silence Andy with lawsuits. He could now face 7 years in prison and $10 million in legal damages for his investigations.

If this case proceeds and Natural Fruit are successful this would be a grave miscarriage of justice for Andy Hall. This process could set a dangerous precedent for other companies in Thailand that might take a similar approach when allegations are raised of modern slavery in their supply chains. This threatens the work of anti-slavery campaigners but also workers in Thailand who might be too afraid to come forward and report abuse.

Join the call for justice: demand that Natural Fruit drop all charges against Andy Hall and thoroughly investigate and take action to ensure there is no modern slavery or exploitation in their business.

Uniting Church in Australia

The Justice and International Mission, of the Uniting Church Synod of Victoria and Tasmania exists to provide resources to engage with and educate others about issues of social justice. They also work on advocacy aimed at shifting and shaping public policy.

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