Andy Hall is a British human rights defender and a migrant worker specialist. Andy has lived as a resident in Thailand for over a decade since June 2005.
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 however 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 CASE 3 against Andy was dismissed his passport has been returned to him but again his freedom of movement is under threat from an indictment in CASE 1 in August 2015 and his passport may well be taken from him again in January when he attends court and his freedom of movement restricted.
This blog is 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)
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.