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Jakarta Post

Improved rights protection in RI waters, but not overseas

  • Hans Nicholas Jong

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, January 25 2017   /  12:43 am

Following revelations of the enslavement of Myanmarese men working for a fishing company operating on Benjina Island, Maluku, in 2015, the Indonesian government has taken steps to ensure the protection of fishermen’s rights in the country.

In less than two years, the Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry has issued three ministerial decrees to address chronic human rights abuses in the industry, with the latest decree issued on Tuesday.

“The ministerial regulation creates a certification mechanism to ensure the fishing industry here is free of human rights violations,” Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti said.

Companies that fail to obtain the human rights certificates will not be allowed to operate in Indonesia, she added.

Ministerial decree No. 2/2017 will also require all companies in the fisheries sector to submit a detailed hu...