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30 NGOs & trade unions demand Thai govt. to end harassment of human rights defenders, in run-up to final preliminary hearing in Andy Hall case

"Thailand must end harassment of researchers and human rights defenders", 18 July 2015

Around 30 NGOs and trade unions are demanding Thailand to end harassment of researchers and human rights defenders in the run-up to the final preliminary hearing in a criminal defamation and computer crimes case, brought by Natural Fruit against researcher and activist Andy Hall, on 20th July. The undersigned organisations are also disappointed to learn that Thailand's Attorney General is trying to get another, already dismissed, case against Andy Hall re-opened...Natural Fruit has brought altogether four separate cases against Andy Hall. After...[the] final preliminary hearing on the criminal defamation and computer crimes case, the court will decide whether to indict Andy Hall or not. If the court decides to indict him, Andy Hall will be arrested and detained pending bail. He then faces a trial and if found guilty and convited, up to seven years in prison. 

The undersigned organisations have also written an Open Letter to the Prime Minister of Thailand on the case.

The letter is available here.

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