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Thailand: Drop the charges against labour rights activist

In partnership with UNI Global Union and the Building and Wood Workers International. UNI Global Union represents 20 million service sector workers around the world., organized in 900 affiliated unions in 150 countries. BWI is the global union federation grouping free and democratic unions with members in the Building, Building Materials, Wood, Forestry and Allied sectors. It unites around 328 trade unions representing with 12 million members in 130 countries.

On 22nd February 2013, British labour rights activist Andy Hall was informed that civil and criminal lawsuits had been filed against him, based on a complaint filed by Thai fruit processor, Natural Fruit Company Ltd. The charges follow the publication of a report to which Andy contributed, which documented several major rights violations by Natural Fruit against migrant workers, including the use of child labour. Natural Fruit have refused to meet with the researchers or clarify their findings. Andy is accused of defaming Natural Fruit's reputation by “broadcasting false statements to public media.” If convicted, he faces a fine of €7.7 million and up to 7 years in prison per count. We demand that Natural Fruit should immediately drop its malicious and aggressive law suits against Andy Hall and that the Thai government should ensure an urgent third party audit takes place at Natural Fruit premises.

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