The Two-Tiered System: Discrimination, Modern Slavery and Environmental Destruction on the High Seas

September 17, 2019

Greenpeace welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the Inaugural Plenary Meeting of the ILO SEA Forum for Fishers.

The issue of discrimination in the global distant water fishing (DWF) industry and the attendant harm inflicted on
migrant fishers and our ocean is not new. Yet, the ASEAN Community, especially the countries of origin of workers
aboard the Taiwanese and South Korean DWF fleets, has long allowed unequal treatment and associated human rights
violations despite numerous commitments to promoting and protecting the human rights of its people, as well as
preserving the marine environment.

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