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Thai tuna industry supports human rights workers
The Thai Tuna Industry Assocation (TTIA) has stated that it supports the work of human rights investigators in the wake of the trial between Andy Hall and Natural Fruit.
By Amy Booth
Published: 16 September 2014 04:28 PM
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“TTIA members have been subjected to human rights advocacy investigations and, while we do not agree with all the statements that come with the findings of an investigation, we recognise there is room for improvement in the industry,” the TTIA wrote.
“TTIA members take the approach of working together with NGOs to promote and protect the human rights of migrant workers. We strongly support the practice of human rights advocates and groups to freely conduct their investigations and report their findings to the party being investigated,” it continued.
“We also encourage dialogue between all parties to develop an understanding of the issues and work together for meaningful changes in the work place. It is only through co-operation that the goals of both NGOs and industry will yield the healthiest and safest working environment that can be achieved.”
The TTIA and Thai Frozen Foods Association provided Hall’s bail when he was detained in June. This was a symbol of support for his work defending human rights and migrant workers.
The computer crimes and criminal defamation trial, originally scheduled for September 15 at Bangkok South court, has been postponed until November 17. This is because the defendant was not informed about the hearing in sufficient time, according to Hall’s blog.
Thai Tuna Industry Association (TTIA) statement strongly supporting work with human rights advocates
TTIA Statement regarding Industry and NGO’s Working Together for the Rights of Migrant Workers
TTIA members have been subjected to human rights advocacy investigations and, while we do not agree with all the statements that come with the findings of an investigation, we recognize there is room for improvement in the industry.
TTIA members take the approach to work together with NGO’s to promote and protect the human rights of migrant workers. We strongly support the practice of human rights advocates and groups to freely conduct their investigations and report their findings to the party being investigated. We also encourage dialogue between all parties to develop an understanding of the issues and work together for meaningful changes in the work place. It is only through cooperation that the goals of both NGO’s and industry will yield the healthiest and safest working environment that can be achieved.
16 September 2014
Bangkok South Criminal Court orders postponement of #naturalfruit vs. Andy Hall computer crimes act/defamation by publication case
The Bangkok South Criminal Court on 15th Sept postponed the hearing in the computer crimes act and criminal defamation by publication case against Andy Hall until 17th November 2014 130pm. The case, filed against the defendant Andy Hall by Natural Fruit Co. Ltd., was postponed due to the summons just having been issued to the defendant by the court on 8th Sept and the defendant was not made aware of the hearing in timely manner before the hearing began. Defendant is also in United Kingdom and could not attend the court.
The most serious of the criminal prosecutions against Andy Hall by Natural Fruit Company Ltd. will commence at 130pm on Monday 15th September at the Southern Bangkok Criminal Court, Room 406.
This prosecution, the second criminal prosecution against Hall, contains two charges: one under Thailand’s draconian Computer Crimes Act (carrying a maximum imprisonment of 5 years); and the second, criminal defamation by publication (carrying a maximum imprisonment of 2 years).
As Andy Hall is currently away from Thailand, he shall not be attending the hearing as, prior to his departure from Thailand on 11th Sept, no summons had been delivered to him.
The first criminal defamation trial of Natural Fruit Co. Ltd vs Andy Hall ended yesterday after 6 days of witness hearings around 730pm at Prakanong Court. The final day’s hearing was extended late into an evening session as migrant worker witnesses took the witness stand.
Both prosecution and defence lawyers have 30 days to submit any final statements to the court and the final verdict on the case will be issued on Wednesday 29th Oct 9am at Prakanong Court.
Meanwhile, Nakhon Pathom Civil Court has summonsed the defendant Andy Hall to meet the judges at the court for a first hearing on Thursday 30th Oct, the same day as Hall’s 35th birthday.