The International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Coordinating Ministry of Maritime Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia have will hold the Southeast Asia Conference on Regional Coordination and Action to Combat Trafficking and Labour Exploitation in Fisheries (“SEA Conference”) on 26 to 29 November 2018, in Bali, Indonesia.
The SEA Conference will bring together stakeholders from all ASEAN countries and provide a forum to promote an integrated approach to address issues of human trafficking and labour exploitation in fisheries by addressing both issues specifically related to trafficking for forced labour and underlying issues of the labour conditions of those who work in fishing. It will also facilitate an exchange of experiences on combatting trafficking for labour exploitation and the protection of fishers nationally, regionally, and internationally, including through the discussion of bilateral and multilateral agreements concerning migrant fishers.
The SEA Conference is comprised of two workshops:
1. Workshop on Strengthened Regional Coordination to Combat Trafficking and Labour Exploitation in Fisheries (26-27 November 2018)
2. Workshop to Promote Decent Work for Fishers in Southeast Asia (28-29 November 2018).
The Indonesian National Consultation on 10 July 2018 was convened to consult with stakeholder on the design and establishment of a Regional Coordination Body mandated to address trafficking in persons and labour exploitation in the fisheries. The meeting took forward work completed during the Indonesian National Consultation in November 2017, as well as the regional discussions from ‘the Consultative Forum on Regional Cooperation against Human Trafficking, Labour Exploitation, and Slavery at Sea in Bali‘ held in March 2018.
The Thai National Consultation was a multi-stakeholder meeting, with participants from the Thai Government, workers’ organization, employers, and NGOs/CSOs. The objective was to consult with stakeholders on the design and establishment of a Regional Coordination Body mandated to support ongoing anti-trafficking in persons initiatives and address labour exploitation in the fisheries sector. The conclusions and recommendations collected from this National Consultation will feed into the Regional Conference, which will be held in November 2018.
The International Labour Organization and the Coordinating Ministry of Maritime Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia held Consultative Forum on Regional Cooperation Against Human Trafficking, Labour Exploitation, and Slavery at Sea.
The forum aims at identifying problems and finding solutions to combat human trafficking, human exploitation, and slavery at sea in fisheries sector and exploring the possibility to establish cooperation among countries to address the issues.
The two-day forum was attended participants from government officials, trade unions, employer organizations, and civil society organization to respond to issues of human trafficking, human exploitation, and slavery at sea in fisheries sector.
One of the main conclusion of the conference was establishing a regional coordination body.
The meeting is aimed at providing an overview on the ILO’s new project on trafficking and SEA Fisheries and to gather input and support from the workers’ union on the project implementation. Moreover, this meeting also aimed to discuss about the Trafficking in Person situation in the Indonesian fishing sectors according to the worker union perspective.