The Southeast Asia Conference on Regional Coordination and Action to Combat Trafficking and Labour Exploitation in Fisheries (SEA Conference)
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)
This Workshop is led by the SEA Fisheries Project, and will continue the international and regional discussions on work in fishing, including the Consultative Forum on Regional Cooperation against Human Trafficking, Labour Exploitation and Slavery at Sea that was held in March 2018, also in Bali. This Workshop will aim to finalise the design proposal and work plan for the regional coordination body and its subsidiary working groups, leading to a Declaration on the proposed Southeast Asian Forum to End Trafficking in Persons and Forced Labour of Fishers (“SEA Forum for Fishers”).
2. Workshop to Promote Decent Work for Fishers in Southeast Asia (28-29 November 2018).
This Workshop is led by the ILO Sectoral Policies Department (SECTOR) and will provide an opportunity for Southeast Asia to discuss and promote the ratification and effective implementation of the ILO the Work in Fishing Convention (C188). It will also present related publications and tools developed by ILO for effective enforcement of national laws, regulations or other measures implementing the Convention, and facilitate an exchange of experiences nationally, regionally and internationally. It will adopt Conclusions and Recommendations concerning possible future cooperation at the regional level and proposals for follow up actions by ASEAN countries and the ILO with a view to ensuring decent working and living conditions for fishers in line with C188.The Workshop will also build on international and regional milestones including the Tripartite Meeting on Issues Relating to Migrant Fishers (TMIMF) held in September 2017 in Geneva. One of the outcomes of the TIMIF was a call to effectively address the serious violations of the rights of migrant fishers and to enforce their fundamental rights at work and access to justice.
Please see the links of relevant documents below.