Indonesia: Ministry creates certification mechanism to address human rights abuses in fishing industry

On 24 January 2017, Indonesia's Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry issued Ministerial Regulation No. 2/2017, which “creates a certification mechanism to ensure the fishing industry here is free from human rights violations”. Among the requirements under this mechanism are insurance schemes, a standard minimum wage and clear working hours for fishermen and port workers working for fishing companies.

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31 March 2017

Indonesia: International conference highlights human rights certification in fishing industry

Author: Foundation for International Human Rights Reporting Standards (FIHRRST)

"Certified to fish: Jakarta conference brings hope to fishermen the world over", 27 March 2017

The International Conference on Human Rights Protection in the Fishing Industry held on Monday 27 March in Jakarta, Indonesia was the culmination of almost two years of intensive effort since the revelation by the Associated Press of the tragic events in Bejina and Ambon... 

In tackling this and other crimes associated with the scourge of illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUUF)... Indonesian Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, Susi Pudjiastuti sought counsel from acknowledged experts in a whole range of fields. The end result has seen the evolution of ground-breaking regulation that mandates a human rights certification process as a prerequisite to obtain a licence to operate in the Indonesian fisheries industry.

Convened by the Ministry and FIHRRST [Foundation for International Human Rights Reporting Standards], in cooperation with the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) and with support from the Belgian Foreign Ministry, the Jakarta conference provided an opportunity to reveal the thinking behind the regulation to representatives of ASEAN and other nations present...It permitted broader discussion on what the adoption of similar regulation by other nations could mean for the industry worldwide, as well as the economic pluses of being able to assure consumers that the fish they were buying had NOT been caught by slaves...

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31 January 2017

Indonesia takes action to protect the rights of fishermen

Author: Marzuki Darusman, Chair, Foundation for International Human Rights Reporting Standards (FIHRRST)

Tuesday 24 January saw Indonesian Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti take the latest step in protecting the rights of fishermen in Indonesian waters. Ministerial Regulation No. 2/2017 “creates a certification mechanism to ensure the fishing industry here is free from human rights violations” declared the Minister…

Indonesia has taken measured steps to address the issue, however, the first being the setting up of a task force to counter illegal fishing operations, as frequently these are closely tied to forced labour and human trafficking. To address the rights of those engaged in the legal industry, meanwhile, the Regulation on Fisheries Human Rights System and Certification was signed in December 2015.

Although a year has since passed before the implementation Regulation on Fisheries Human Rights Certification Requirements and Mechanism was signed this January, it was essential to ensure that it was both feasible and supports rather than hinders the establishment of a sustainable fisheries industry in Indonesia.

Simply put, under the new regulation, companies that fail to obtain human rights certification will not be allowed to operate in Indonesian waters. Among the requirements are a human rights policy, means of due diligence and remediation system in cases where violations may have occurred. Moreover, in a world first to ensure the wellbeing of both fishermen and port workers, each company in the fisheries sector will be required to submit the report of a detailed human rights audit…

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25 January 2017

Indonesia to curb rights abuses on foreign fishing vessels

Author: Kyodo News, Bangkok Post

Indonesia…issued a new government decree requiring human rights certification for fishing boats operating in the country, in order to stamp out abuse and exploitation of workers in the fisheries industry…

The decree, which comes almost two years after media reports first revealed brutal conditions aboard many foreign vessels reflagged to operate in Indonesian waters, requires all companies in the fisheries sector to submit a detailed human rights audit to ensure the well-being of fishermen and port workers.

All fishery companies are henceforth required to have an adequate insurance scheme, a standard minimum wage and clear working hours for their fishermen and port workers…

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