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Finnwatch activist faces prosecution

British migrant rights activist Andy Hall has been formally detained following his fight for better work conditions for migrant workers in Thailand.

The Office of Attorney General agreed to prosecute him for criminal defamation following the charges filed by Natural Fruit, the employer of migrant workers interviewed by the activist.

He was released on bail and the trial will take place at the Phrakhanong Court.

Hall conducted interviews with migrants from Myanmar working in the pineapple and tuna export industry to assist Finnwatch in its compilation of a report titled "Cheap Has a High Price". The report, released in January 2013 and updated in January 2014, outlined particularly poor labour conditions in Natural Fruit’s factory, selling pineapple concentrate to Finnish supermarkets.

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