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Andy Hall

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 8896, tabled on 4 September 2015

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations his Department has made to its Thai counterpart since the Thai Attorney General's appeal against the court dismissal of the criminal defamation case against Andy Hall.

Answered on

14 September 2015

Our officials in our Embassy in Bangkok have followed Mr Hall’s case closely and are in regular touch with him. We stand ready to provide consular assistance should Mr Hall require it.

We have no jurisdiction to interfere in other countries’ judicial processes. However, we have raised Mr Hall’s case with the Thai Justice Minister, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other Thai authorities. We have also raised his issues with the National Legislative Assembly and passed them a report from him. We are in touch with the UN High Commission for Refugees, the International Organisation on Migration and non-governmental organisations about the rights of migrant workers, refugees, trafficking and other labour issues.