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10 Apr 2018

Lea Rankinen, S Group (Finland)

S Group makes a donation to support defender Andy Hall's appeal of court decision

"Freedom of action for human rights defenders must be safeguarded", 08 April 2018

At the end of March the Thai court ordered human rights defender Andy Hall to pay 260 000 Eur in compensation for the defamation to Natural Fruit company.

We are upset about the verdict. Human rights defenders make a significant efforts to improve workers' rights and should have the opportunity to act without fear. A free civil society benefits businesses also. Instead of the legal process, the problems must be resolved first and foremost with transparency and dialogue.

In recent years Thailand has launched measures to eradicate human rights violations. The measures are steps to the right direction, but alongside them, the work of NGOs and human rights defenders is also needed to improve human rights situation. In addition employees must have the opportunity to safely and legitimately raise their concerns.

Lea Rankinen, SVP Sustainability, SOK

A report released by Finnwatch in March 2013 revealed misconducts of the production conditions of pineapple juice in Thailand. One of researchers of the report...Andy Hall has been charged with several other charges of defamation...S Group has made a donation to the collection of Freedom Fund which supports Andy Hall in appealing a court decision.

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

Thai Court orders defender Andy Hall's payment of 10 million baht in damages to Natural Fruit co.; companies & business associations express concern