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“This is about persecution. It’s a political case to try and silence me… I’m someone that’s revealing things that the government and the industry don’t want me to reveal.” – Andy Hall1

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20 September 2016: In a shocking blow against justice today, courts in Thailand found activist Andy Hall “guilty” of ‘computer crimes’ and ‘criminal defamation’. Andy has been given a three year suspended sentence and fined 50,000 Thai Baht ($1,400 or £1,100). Read the latest information from our partner, Finnwatch, here.

 

Human rights activist Andy Hall will soon find out if he faces time in prison for reporting on labour rights abuses in the Thai pineapple industry. In 2013, a report which included some of Andy’s research was published. it included allegations of worker abuse and slavery-like practices in the Natural Fruit factory, a Thai company that processes pineapples and supplies retailers around the world.

Instead of looking into the allegations, Natural Fruit targeted Andy. He was hauled into court on charges of computer crime and criminal defamation.

Despite an international outcry, Natural Fruit have not backed down.2 We now need to call on the Thai government to do the right thing and ensure that all charges against Andy Hall are dropped.

The Thai authorities are already facing global scrutiny for not doing enough to protect workers from abuse — the latest US Trafficking in Persons report gives Thailand the lowest score for action to tackle trafficking.3

We have just a short time to make a difference in this case. Please show your support for Andy and migrant workers that remain vulnerable to modern slavery in Thailand: take action to demand that these charges are dropped now.

Sources

  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAvXe6TjdPE
  2. http://www.walkfree.org/andy-hall/
  3. http://bangkok.usembassy.gov/tip2015statements.html

Trade Union Congress

The Trade Union Congress (TUC) is Britain’s trade union centre, with 52 affiliated unions representing nearly 6 million working people from all walks of life, it campaigns for a fair deal at work and for social justice at home and abroad.

Burma Campaign UK

Burma Campaign UK works for human rights, democracy and development in Burma.

International Labour Rights Forum

International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF) is a human rights organization that advocates for workers globally. It holds global corporations accountable for labor rights violations in their supply chains, advances policies and laws that protect workers, and strengthens workers’ ability to advocate for their rights.

Finnwatch

Finnwatch is a Finnish civil society organisation focussed on social, economic and ecological sustainability in the supply chains of Finnish or strongly-Finland related companies. Natural Fruit brought the cases against Andy Hall following the publication and dissemination of Finnwatch report 'Cheap Has a High Price' to which Andy Hall contributed research.

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