Human Rights Defender and International Affairs Advisor, MWRN
Andy Hall is a British human rights defender and migrant worker rights specialist who was resident in Thailand and Myanmar for over 11 years working on worker rights and modern day slavery issues, particularly as concerns global supply chains.
Andy decided to leave Thailand in November 2016 due to an evident increase in risks and threats to his person and ability to work effectively from litigative employers taking criminal action defamation and computer crimes prosecutions against him as a result of his successful advocacy campaigns responding to worker abuses. As the international affairs advisor to the Migrant Worker Rights Network (MWRN), Andy has successfully helped to empower migrant workers, particularly from Myanmar and Cambodia, to gain greater access to justice mechanisms and better work conditions, both in the seafood sector and across many labour intensive export industries in Thailand.
Andy managed an innovative migrant worker empowerment and social dialogue project between MWRN and seafood giant Thai Union, particularly working together with the company to implement a ground breaking zero recruitment service fee project. Andy has advised and supported a number of Thailand’s leading seafood exporters and associations on effective migrant worker management, also acting as an advisor to the Myanmar Government in 2013.