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Panel Discussion on Migrant Labor in the Thai Fishing Industry at a Time of International Scrutiny

March 31 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The practices of Thailand’s fishing industry have been under scrutiny by the international community since media exposes in 2015 found use of trafficked fishermen were systematic and pervasive.  Under pressure of the European Union’s ‘yellow card’ listing of Thailand as a country violating EU requirements on fishing practices, and the US government’s listing of Thailand as Tier 3, the worst of the worst, in the US annual Trafficking in Persons report, the Thai government has implemented far reaching reforms in the fishing industry.  How far have these reforms gone, and where are they still falling short? Has progress in ending “illegal, unreported and unregulated” (IUU) fishing been matched by efforts to protect migrants, primarily from Myanmar and Cambodia, from exploitation and abuse? And what further steps if any will need to be taken?

These and other related questions will be addressed at SEA Junction on 31 March 2018 at 5-7 PM by a panel composed of:

  • Sompong Sakaew, Director Labor Right Protection Network
  • Phil Robertson, Deputy Director Asia Division Human Rights Watch
  • Third speaker being confirmed

At the event the recently HRW report on migrant labor in the Thai fishing sector will be discussed. Selected photos of migrant labor in the Thai fishing industry by Mahmud Rahman exposed last year at SEA Junction exhibition “Harsh Life on Shore” will also be exposed. For an example of the photos see http://seajunction.org/gallery/glimpses-of-southeast-asia/migrant-labor-thai-fishing-industry-part/nggallery/thumbnails/page/

Photo: Mahmud Rahman

For reservation/information please contact us via email southeastasiajunction@gmail.com or phone/wa: +66970024140

About SEA Junction, OUR Venue on Southeast Asia 

SEA Junction aims to foster understanding and appreciation of Southeast Asia in all its socio-cultural dimensions –from arts and lifestyles to economy and development. Conveniently located at Room 408 of the Bangkok Arts and Culture Centre or BACC (across MBK, BTS National Stadium) SEA junction facilitates public access to knowledge resources and exchanges among students, practitioners and Southeast Asia lovers. For more information see www.seajunction.org and join the Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/1693055870976440/

Photo: Mahmud Rahman


March 31
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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SEA Junction, Room 408, BACC
939 Rama 1 Rd, Pathum Wan, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330 Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand
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