JOINT OPEN LETTER ON THE PRESERVATION OF FISHERIES REGULATIONS AND REFORMS IN ORDER TO PREVENT ILLEGAL, UNREPORTED AND UNREGULATED FISHING

19 SEPTEMBER 2019

Manushya Foundation co-signed with other 36 organizations a Joint Open Letter on the preservation of fisheries regulations and reforms to prevent illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing addressed to the Prime Minister of the Royal Thai Government, General Prayut Chan-O-Cha.

 

The Letter is submitted to express our deep concern regarding the escalating demands of the National Fisheries Association of Thailand (NFAT) and request your intervention in these matters, as lately, NFAT has sought to abolish several critical fisheries enforcement regulations that are essential in Thailand’s fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing as well as associated human rights abuse on board fishing vessels.

With this letter, the undersigned organisations urge the Royal Thai Government, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Department of Fisheries, and Ministry of Labour to reject these demands and instead ensure the preservation and elevation of internationally recognised best practices in both fisheries and labour regulations.

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Founded in 2017, Manushya Foundation serves as a bridge to engage, mobilise, and empower agents of change by: connecting humans through inclusive coalition building and; by developing strategies focused at placing local communities’ voices in the centre of human rights advocacy and domestic implementation of international human rights obligations and standards.

 

Manushya Foundation strengthens the solidarity and capacity of communities and grassroots to ensure they can constructively raise their own concerns and provide solutions in order to improve their livelihoods and the human rights situation on the ground.