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UK Rights Worker Sued in Thailand

1 March 2013

Andy Hall, a British advocate for migrant workers’ rights in Thailand, is facing criminal charges following a lawsuit by National Fruit Company, international rights group Front Line Defenders said. Hall, who has researched abuses against thousands of Burmese, Laotian and Cambodian workers in Thailand, was charged on Feb.22 with defamation after co-authoring a scathing report about the Thai company. He has also been accused under the Thai Penal Code and the Computer Crime Act of “broadcasting false statements.” Hall could face a fine of up to several million dollars and a maximum jail sentence of two years. Front Line Defenders saidthe charges were “an attempt to silence human rights defenders in Thailand.”