Andy Hall is facing jail time for standing up for migrant workers.
Seven years in prison and a $10 million fine. That is what Andy Hall faces for taking on a giant in the worldwide pineapple production. His research into Natural Fruits Ltd — Thailand’s biggest producer of canned pineapples — uncovered appalling working conditions, including child labour and widespread violence against workers.
In retaliation, Natural Fruits Ltd. is striking back — hard. Andy’s passport has been confiscated and he’s not allowed to leave the country while he awaits trial in Thailand under a bogus defamation charge that could mean seven years in a Thai prison.
The trial is starting next week and the corporate giant is throwing masses of lawyers at the case to stop the charges from coming out and deter other human rights activists from speaking out, so we need to act now.
Can you stand with Andy and chip in to support the costs of his trial and take the fight to Natural Fruits?
Last week, nearly 100 human rights and labor organizations, including Human Rights Watch and unions around the world, have spoken out in support of Andy and called on the the Thai Pineapple Industry Association (TPIA) to urge its member Natural Fruit to drop the charges against Andy.
In their response, the association not only refused to help, but replied with more threats against Andy for protecting migrant workers!
The coalition of NGOs have now asked SumOfUs members for help to support the trial costs and fight this bogus charge. We must stand with courageous human rights defenders like Andy who are risking their lives to uncover the harrowing tactics of big corporations.
Can you support Andy in his fight for the right of migrant workers and make sure the corporate giant Natural Fruits doesn’t get away with this?
Donate to support human rights defender Andy Hall now.