Drop the charges against Andy Hall now

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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

Human rights activist Andy Hall has been convicted in the Thai courts for reporting on labor 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. After a bitter legal fight, Andy was found guilty and sentenced to a three year suspended sentence and a fine of 150,000 Baht.

We now need to call on the Thai Government to do the right thing and ensure that all remaining 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.2

Please show your support for Andy and migrant workers that remain vulnerable to modern slavery in Thailand: take action to demand that the remaining charges are dropped now.

Campaign updates

10 December 2016: A coalition of 110 sent an open letter to Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha presenting the conviction of Andy Hall as a dangerous precedent that would make it more difficult for migrant workers to ensure their rights are respected.

06 November 2016: Thammakaset Chicken Farm, using Natural Fruit’s legal team, launched new prosecutions against Andy for his role alongside MWRN in campaigning for justice for the 14 migrant workers who escaped exploitation from the farm. Andy has now left Thailand, but his lawyers will continue to fight this case.

03 November 2016: 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.

Call on the Thai authorities to drop charges against Andy Hall

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FAO: Trakul Winitnaiyapak, Attorney General,
(CC: Mr. Peerapat Pornsirilertkij, Director-General Department of Labor Protection and Welfare; General Sirichai Distakul, Ministry of Labor; Mr. Don Poramatvinai, Ministry of Foreign Affairs; General Paiboon Khumchaya, Ministry of Justice)

I am deeply concerned about the charges brought by Natural Fruit against human rights activist Andy Hall.

Instead of addressing allegations of worker abuse and slavery-like practices in their factory, Natural Fruit have tried to silence and intimidate him. Workers and labor rights advocates in Thailand must be able to speak out freely about abuse or unsafe working conditions – this case sends a dangerous message that undermines this right.

I am messaging you to express my support for Mr. Hall following the “guilty” verdict read on 20 September 2016 for charges of ‘computer crime’ and ‘criminal defamation’ and to call for all pending cases against Mr. Hall to be dropped.

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Trades Union Congress

The Trades 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. Founded in 1991, it is one of the leading Burma campaign organisations in the world, and plays a leading role in raising awareness about the situation in Burma, and pressuring the international community to take action in support of the people of Burma.

International Labor 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. ILRF works with trade unions, faith-based organizations, and community groups to support workers and their families.

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. It seeks to promote ecologically, socially and economically responsible business by influencing companies, economic regulation and public discourse. 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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