WORKERS RIGHTS ACTIVIST TAKES HIS PLACE IN THE QUEUE OF THE LOST FACE
|Alan and Chutima|
The support given by British and Australian Embassies to their country nationals will probably not make the Thais suspicious.
But the Lincolnshire Poacher is of course a famous English folk song which is not complimentary of the likes of gamekeepers and magistrates. Perhaps his supporters could give a rendition after the court’s decision.
The Bangkok South Criminal Court on Charoen Krung Road in Bangkok (BTS Saphan Taksin) will decide on Monday 24 August whether to indict British migrant rights researcher and activist Andy Hall on computer crimes and criminal defamation charges. The hearing will be held at Courtroom 501 at 9am local time and Andy Hall will attend the court with his lawyers.
The European Union Mission in Thailand has confirmed a delegation of EU, UK, Finnish, Dutch and Danish diplomats will be attending to observe the proceedings on Monday morning.
If the Court decides to indict, Andy Hall will be summoned to officially face the criminal charges and be detained awaiting trial. He will have an opportunity to seek release on bail.
This case against Andy Hall was brought by a Thai pineapple company, Natural Fruit Company Ltd., following the publication and dissemination of a Finnwatch report ‘Cheap has a High Price’. The report, to which Andy Hall contributed research, brought to light labour rights violations at the Natural Fruit pineapple processing plant. To date, no one has been held responsible for the violations at the Natural Fruit plant.
Altogether, Natural Fruit has filed four cases against Andy Hall. These comprise two criminal defamation charges, a criminal charge under the Computer Crimes Act and two civil defamation actions.
Prakanong court already on 29 October last year dismissed the charges on the other criminal defamation case. The Thai Attorney General and Natural Fruit have appealed this decision, urging the court to reopen the case. A decision on the appeal is expected on 25 September 2015.
Andy Hall has a blog at www.andyjhall.wordpress.com where comprehensive information on these cases against him is documented by Finnwatch and Andy Hall.
Examples of recent expressions of support to Andy Hall include:
A letter to the Thai Prime Minister by a global coalition of civil society organisations and trade unions expressing concern over continuing judicial harassment:
Business Social Compliance Initiative BSCI asks their participating companies to use their influence and request Natural Fruit to drop the charges:
A Walk Free petition calling for the charges to be dropped:
Human Rights Watch – End Case Against Migrant Worker Activist:
A member of the European Parliament Merja Kyllönen’s Parliamentary Question: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?pubRef=-//EP//TEXT+WQ+E-2015-011798+0+DOC+XML+V0//EN&language=en