BRIEF – Rights groups urge association to drop Natural Fruit for activist charges

Nearly 100 international and national rights groups urged the Thai Pineapple Industry Association (TPIA) in an open letter to pressure Natural Fruit, a Thai pineapple processing company, to drop criminal and civil charges against migrant rights researcher and activist Andy Hall. Hall was charged with criminal defamation for revealing labour abuses against Burmese migrant workers allegedly committed by the company, and was released on bail in June, though his passport has been seized by Thai authorities.