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Defamation charge against Andy Hall dismissed by court due to unlawful interrogation process

Finnwatch press release
29 October 2014

The Prakanong Court in Bangkok dismissed defamation charges brought against Andy Hall by Natural Fruit Company Ltd, a pineapple export factory. Natural Fruit has launched multiple criminal and civil prosecution against the researcher and activist since February 2013 as a result of his contribution to a Finnwatch report published in 2013. The report revealed serious human rights violations at Natural Fruit's pineapple juice production facilities.

According to the court decision the charge is dismissed due to unlawful interrogation process under section 120 of the criminal procedure code.


Report: Migrant Worker s’ Rights Program - Lessons Learned 2004 - 2014

This report reflects on the Diplomacy Training Program (DTP) and Migrant Forum Asia’s (MFA) activities to build the capacity of advocates for the rights of migrant workers in Asia and the Middle East since 2004. Each year from 2004, DTP and MFA have organized human rights advocacy training programs for members of MFA networks and other individuals committed to promoting respect for the rights of migrant workers.

What began as a shared idea and commitment, and a single program in 2004, has continued for 10 years and provided training for over 300 individuals working for migrant workers’ rights.

To read the full report, please click here, or visit the DTP website to learn more about capacity building initiatives with MFA on the rights of migrant workers and members of their families.


Conference: Lawyers Beyond Borders

From 5-7 September 2014, Migrant Forum in Asia (MFA) and local organizing partner, Caritas Lebanon Migrants Center hosted the second Lawyers Beyond Borders convening in Beirut, Lebanon. This conference gathered together 21 lawyers from the Middle East, the Gulf region, South Asia, and Southeast Asia who specialize in cases involving migrant workers. The first Lawyers Beyond Borders conference was held in 2011 in Bangkok, Thailand.


Resource: RecruitmentReform.org

RecruitmentReform.org is a global online platform that strategically collates information on campaigns, policies and initiatives, events, case studies, news articles, laws, and international conventions related to recruitment. It seeks to continuously update visitors of the realities on migration recruitment and the initiatives that exist to address or in some cases exacerbate these concerns.

It is evident today that recruitment practices plays an important role in the entire cycle of migration from the initial stage of recruitment, to pre-departure training, to signing of contracts, to conciliation and repatriation. In light of this, the need for collective global initiatives that will strategically address the problems in labour recruitment has never been more crucial than today.

In the last Global Forum on Migration and Development Civil Society Days (GFMD CSD) in Stockholm, a series of meetings was organized on labour migration and recruitment. Among the recommendations was to establish an Open Working Group on Labour Migration and Recruitment and to create a global knowledge-based online platform on recruitment.

RecruitmentReform.org is run and managed by a small team based in the MFA Secretariat. MFA continuously adds data to the online platform and invites comments on how the online platform can be further improved. To signify interest for collaboration or if you would like to contribute relevant resource materials, please send MFA an email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Visit the online platform here: http://recruitmentreform.org/

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