18 January 2016: Andy was indicted by a Bangkok court on charges of criminal defamation and computer crimes. He pleaded not guilty. The 12-day trial is due to start on 19 May 2016.
18 September 2015: Thai judges upheld a decision made last year to dismiss charges of criminal defamation against Andy for an interview he gave to Al Jazeera on the rights of migrant workers in a Natural Fruit factory. Natural Fruit refused to let this drop and appealed the court’s decision. We’re pleased that justice was sustained and the case has been dismissed for good.
24 August 2015: Andy Hall was indicted by the Bangkok South Criminal Court and charged with criminal defamation and computer crime. The trial is due to start on 19 October 2015, and if Andy is found guilty he faces 7 years in jail and charges of £7 million. We condemn this decision and urge the Thai authorities to do everything in their power to ensure these charges are dropped immediately - join us by clicking here to send them a message now: www.walkfree.org/andyhall
20 July 2015: Judges presiding over the case against Andy will give their next judgement on 24 August 2015. If charged, Andy could face 7 years in prison. It’s vital that we continue to keep up the pressure on Natural Fruit to drop all cases against Andy
1 November 2014: The first lawsuit against migrant rights activist Andy Hall was thrown out by a Thai judge on Oct 30th. This is an important step, but we still have a long way to go as, unfortunately, there are still three more cases remaining, one of which is starting this week, and they include penalties of up to 7 years in prison. Please take action now - if we keep our pressure up, we can have the best chance of not only securing Andy's freedom, but hope for all activists and victims of forced labor in Thailand.
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.