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19 Jan 2017

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Thailand

Response from the Permanent Mission of Thailand to the UN

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…The Thai Government is not a party concerned in the cases between Mr. Hall and Natural Fruit Company Limited and is not in a position to intervene in the on-going judicial process…

The remaining cases against Mr. Hall are still pending and in accordance with the principle of neutrality and transparency, each side is allowed the opportunity to use facts and evidences that it deems relevant. Observers are also permitted access to these legal proceedings…

…The aim of the[defamation] law is to protect the rights and reputations of the general public from being misused, abused, or exploited, while at the same time maintain peace, stability and public order in the fast moving digital era. The law does not seek to limit or curb an individual's right to expression…

With respect to Thammakaset 2 Poultry Farm, the investigation by authorised labour inspectors found some misconduct with respect to labour rights of the 14 migrant workers in the areas of minimum wage, overtime payment, payment for working on holidays and overtime payment for overtime work on holidays. However, there is no evidence of any detention and confinement facilities of the company, which would suggest possible use of forced labour…

Part of the following timelines

Thailand: Govt. responds to UN experts concerns on labour, freedom of expression & cases of Andy Hall & others

Natural Fruit Company lawsuits (re defamation suits against Andy Hall, Thailand)