24 July, 2014 AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook            

Help AsiaNews | About us | P.I.M.E. | | RssNewsletter | Mobile





mediazioni e arbitrati, risoluzione alternativa delle controversie e servizi di mediazione e arbitrato
e-mail this to a friend printable version


» 07/24/2009
SRI LANKA
Sri Lanka, fishermen win the war: invasive techniques banned
by Melani Manel Perera
The Supreme Court declares fishing with dynamite and various types of nets outlawed. Success for fishermen and activists who have defended their rights, against the multinationals of the fisheries sector. It will also allow for better management of resources and marine life.

Colombo (AsiaNews) – In a battle that has lasted years, finally the small fishermen of  Sri Lanka have won their war: the National Supreme Court has banned certain types of fishing nets and other methods that have a devastating impact on marine flora, accepting a legal action initiated by trade associations and human rights activists.

On July 21 last the Sinhalese judges put an end to the dispute, stating that "the Attorney General shall immediately initiate legal action” against fishing with certain types of nets or other means, including traps and explosives “banned because destructive”.  

The National Fisheries Solidarity Movement (NAFSO) and its sister organization Southern Fisheries Organization (SFO) launched the battle of small fishermen, with the assistance of Kalyananda Thiranagam from Lawyers for Human Rights and Development in Sri Lanka (LHRD).  

The ban states that explosives such as dynamite can no longer be used, as well as various types of fishing nets. Herman Kumara, NAFSO President and Secretary General of the World Forum of Fisher People (WFFP) defines the ruling “a great victory for the traditional fishermen”. He explains that the courts decision will allow  “support for the economy of small-scale fishermen”, threatened by “large the multinational fishing industry”, as well as conserve resources and prevent excessive exploitation, which leads to a “collapse [of the industry]in the long term”.

The SFO Secretary adds that “80% of the traditional fishermen in the southern provinces will benefit from the law" as will the environment. India, Pakistan and other nations in the region congratulated NAFSO, stressing that "this victory is beneficial not only for fishermen in Sri Lanka, but it is a victory for traditional fishermen world over”.

 


e-mail this to a friend printable version

See also
12/12/2009 SRI LANKA
Sri Lanka: Negombo fishermen protesting against government and police
by Melani Manel Perera
04/05/2011 SRI LANKA
Sri Lanka: Textile industry profits on the back of exploited and underpaid women
by Melani Manel Perera
11/23/2009 SRI LANKA
Small-scale fishermen call on government to stop trampling their rights and the environment
by Melani Manel Perera
11/14/2009 SRI LANKA
Mannar, the drama of 2 thousand widows with no means to survive
by Melani Manel Perera
11/14/2008 SRI LANKA
Activity of small-scale fishermen at risk of extinction
by Melani Manel Perera

Editor's choices
VATICAN
Pope: I am with the persecuted Christians of Mosul and the Middle East "May the God of peace inspire in all a genuine desire for dialogue and reconciliation. Violence is never defeated with violence. Violence is defeated with peace." At the Sunday Angelus Francis comments on the parable of the wheat and the weeds. God is "patient" He knows "the same weeds in the end, may become good wheat". But "at the time of the harvest, that is, of judgment, the reapers will execute the order of the master separating the weeds to be burned".
CHINA - VATICAN
Beijing, seminarians desert graduation ceremony: We will not celebrate Mass with illegitimate bishops The rector of the seminary is the illegitimate bishop Joseph Ma Yinglin: Students refuse to concelebrate with him and reject Msgr. Fang Xingyao, who has participated in several illegal episcopal ordinations. The directors close the year without awarding diplomas and send students home: rumors of some courses being "suspended" in September. The precedent of 2000, when 130 young students chose fidelity to the Pope over compromise with the government.
HONG KONG-CHINA-VATICAN
Card Zen: Religious freedom and civil liberties are united, for China and Hong Kong
by Bernardo CervelleraA wide ranging conversation with the bishop emeritus of Hong Kong: the courage of Msgr. Ma Daqin, who sent a message to Pope Francis; underground Catholics are also prepared to be arrested; suspicions about Beijing’s sincerity towards possible dialogue with the Holy See. And in Hong Kong, the march for a referendum on democracy; support for "Occupy Central"; the fear of the government and arrests. Card. Zen reaffirms that religious freedom and civil liberties go hand in hand.

Dossier
by Giulio Aleni / (a cura di) Gianni Criveller
pp. 176
by Lazzarotto Angelo S.
pp. 528
by Bernardo Cervellera
pp. 240
Copyright © 2003 AsiaNews C.F. 00889190153 All rights reserved. Content on this site is made available for personal, non-commercial use only. You may not reproduce, republish, sell or otherwise distribute the content or any modified or altered versions of it without the express written permission of the editor. Photos on AsiaNews.it are largely taken from the internet and thus considered to be in the public domain. Anyone contrary to their publication need only contact the editorial office which will immediately proceed to remove the photos.