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23 Feb 2016

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Thailand: Rights groups call on EU to extend yellow card designation & keep pressure to address structural problems that aid rights abuses in fisheries

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“NGOs issue letter to Vella, EU, over Thai human rights abuses”, 23 Feb 2016

Human Rights at Sea has joined fellow international labor, environmental and human rights organizations in support of a letter sent to Karmenu Vella, the EU Commissioner for fisheries, maritime affairs and environment at the European Commission.

The letter urges the commission to maintain pressure on Thailand to build upon positive reforms that have recently been made to its fishing industry, to ensure that the reforms have longevity and to address the structural problems that facilitate both illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing and human rights abuses…

The letter asks the Committee to take human rights into account when assessing Thailand’s seafood sector. To demonstrate sufficient progress, Thailand should implement a time-bound action plan focused on effective enforcement to ensure substantial, measurable progress toward a legal, sustainable and ethical seafood industry, it added…