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18 Okt 2015

Owen Tudor, TUC UK

Members of European Parliament support researcher Andy Hall, call on Thailand to stop persecuting human rights defenders

“European Parliament latest to slam Thailand for harassing Andy Hall”, 17 Oct 2015

Andy Hall…is back in court on…19 October. The latest court hearing is to decide whether to indict him for criminal defamation by publication…and computer crimes…[T]he European Parliament has now got involved, thanks to his parents’ local MEP and leader of the European Parliamentary Labour Party, Glenis Willmott. Glenis took Andy’s case up at the request of the TUC and Andy’s parents…pressing the European Commission to back Andy’s case more forcefully, and arranging for his case to be raised in a European Parliament debate…[H]er fellow Labour MEP Anneliese Dodds argued that Thailand should stop the abuse of its judicial system to persecute human rights defenders like Andy…

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Report by UN Special Rapporteur on human rights defenders highlights risks faced by advocates working on land, environment & corporate responsibility

Reports and statements on lawsuits filed by Natural Fruit against researcher and activist Andy Hall for alleged defamation