Andy Hall is a British human rights defender and a migrant worker rights specialist. Andy lived as a resident in Thailand and Myanmar for over a decade since June 2005 until he was forced to leave Thailand in November 2016 due to increasing threats against his liberty and well-being.
From January 2013 until June 2014, Andy lived in Yangon, Myanmar advising the Myanmar government on migration. He planned to work long term in Myanmar on this work.
Following confiscation of his British passport by Prakanong Court in June 2014, Andy had to remain in Thailand until cases prosecuted by Natural Fruit Company Ltd. against him were completed. He was only allowed to leave Thailand for short periods of time and only following permission from the courts given his entry and exit from Thailand were blocked by the Immigration Department. A career in Myanmar therefore came to an end.
Once some of the cases against Andy were dismissed in 2014, his passport was returned to him but again his freedom of movement was limited after indictment on other cases in January 2016 and his passport was again taken from him. He attended court hearings and his freedom of movement was restricted again a conviction against him in September 2016, when the passport was finally returned to him. Andy left Thailand in November 2016 when new criminal prosecutions were brought against him.
This blog was originally created to follow the criminal and civil cases Natural Fruit Company Ltd. has filed against Andy Hall after executing field research in the company’s pineapple concentrate factory in Thailand. Andy interviewed workers, some of whom were undocumented migrants, and whom reported poor working conditions, unlawfully low wages, confiscation of official documents, use of child labour and excessive overtime. The research was conducted for Finnish NGO Finnwatch and Hall was not an author of this report but only a researcher.
Several human rights organisations around the world see lawsuits against Andy as groundless and state that the prosecutions are part of much wider and increasing restriction on freedom of speech and oppression of human rights defenders in Thailand.
This document includes the press release sent to media: Finnwatch_PL_press release_Europe(2)
A notification of violations was sent to various different actor after the research was published. No one responded to the notification. Notification of violations_Finnwatch_FINAL
You can also browse the Power Point show made of the research results powerpoint_andy_hall_Finnwatch_1(1)
This blog is now used to publish other writings and press releases related to Andy Hall
Besides Andy himself Finnwatch also contributes to this blog. Finnwatch offers technical support to Andy Hall but the contents of andyjhall.wordpress.com may not represent Finnwatch’s views.