May 7, 2013

Burma Briefing No. 24

Andy Hall is a researcher who defends the rights of migrants in Thailand, including migrants from Burma.

Earlier this year he was involved in exposing how a factory in Thailand was committing human rights abuses against migrant workers in its factory. Abuses included child labour, workers being beaten, having documents confiscated, being paid illegally low wages and facing dangerous working conditions.

Instead of the company taking action to stop these abuses, it has launched legal cases for defamation against Andy Hall. If convicted he could face more than seven years in jail and a fine of more than six million pounds.

This case is a clear attempt to silence Andy Hall and intimidate all those working to protect migrant workers in Thailand, the majority of whom are from Burma.  It is an attack on free speech, and threatens work to improve the rights of migrant workers in Thailand.

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