This video is a 2011 documentary on workers in Thailand.
By Lamiat Sabin in Britain:
Brit faces jail for aid to organising Thais
Tuesday 19th January 2016
Union activist blighted by ‘judicial harassment’
A BRITISH activist campaigning for the rights of migrant workers in Thailand appeared in court yesterday charged with defamation and computer crimes in a case blighted by bosses’ “judicial harassment.”
Andy Hall faces seven years in prison for his research for a report into a Thai pineapple-canning factory’s alleged enslavement and abuse of workers from neighbouring Cambodia and Myanmar.
Employer Natural Fruit, which denies the allegations, is accused of attempting to derail his defence by threatening civil damages of 400 million baht (nearly £8m) and hefty court fees.
Company chief executive Wirat Piyapornpaiboon is the elder brother of former labour minister and former Democratic Party general secretary Chalermchai Sri-On.
In spite of its ‘democratic’ sounding name, the Democrat Party in Thailand, according to Wikipedia:
upholds a conservative and pro-dictatorship position.
They, eg, support draconic ‘lèse-majesté’ punishment for everyone, really or allegedly, criticizing the royal family, or even the king’s dog.
The Lamiat Sabin article continues:
Mr Hall will endure a second trial over the 2013 report Cheap Has a High Price written by Finnwatch, a Finnish NGO, after a previous case was thrown out by a Thai court on a technicality.
The company has filed four cases against him and is appealing against the dismissal of the first. After being charged during yesterday’s hearing, Mr Hall said: “I only collected raw data and took no part in analysing the data. Finnwatch officials were responsible for that.
“They also put the report on the website, not me.” Mr Hall works as an adviser to SERC, the Thai equivalent to the TUC. TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said: “If modern slavery is to be eradicated from global supply chains, unions and campaigners must have the right to speak out.
“The number of court appearances Andy Hall has had to make — in none of which he has been found to have broken any laws — show that this is nothing more than judicial harassment.
“Thailand’s attorney general should be ashamed of helping bad bosses keep up their appalling practices, and the Thai government should be cracking down on slavery and trafficking, not on human rights defenders and trade unions.”
Bangkok South Criminal Court confiscated his passport on Thursday — the British embassy is demanding its return — and has set bail at £5,000, which was paid by Finnwatch, the Thai Frozen Foods Association and the Thai Tuna Industry Association.
Labour MEP Glenis Willmott — who represents the East Midlands, where Mr Hall’s parents live — has campaigned strongly to convince European Commission representatives to attend the court hearing.
The trial will start in May and is expected to conclude in late July.