» 06/25/2012, 00.00
Melani Manel Perera
Sri Lanka: Fishermen of the north and south against the threat of Indian fishing vessels
Trawling destroys the ecosystem of the Indian ocean in the northern areas. But northern communities suffer from other problems: rudimentary equipment, prohibition of access to some of the bays, damage caused by civil war. The commitment of the Southern communities to help them.
24/09/2009 SRI LANKA
Sri Lankan fishermen imprisoned in India since 6 months
The Indian government detains 9 boats and its crew who have been accused of violating the Indian territorial waters. Their families complain about the inaction on behalf of the government of Colombo. Some even sustain that they have paid a bail of 5 thousand rupees for their liberation that never took place.
12/03/2014 SRI LANKA
Colombo, fresh round of talks to regulate fishing between India and Sri Lanka
Some Sri Lankan groups accuse the government of ignoring the fishermen from the north of the country. Territorial encroachments explosive regional issue: Indians engaged in trawling, which damages the ecosystem and the livelihoods of local populations.
02/11/2010 SRI LANKA
Catholic priests support fishermen's protest against seaplanes
During Mass celebrated for the annual feast of St. Jude, thousands of fishermen protested against the government SeaPlane plan, which provides for the landing of flying boats in the lagoon. The project, which is part of a program for the development of tourism in Sri Lanka, puts at risk the livelihood of the families of the villages around the Negombo lagoon, not taking into account the severe environmental impact that it would cause.
21/06/2012 SRI LANKA
Sri Lanka, a father commits suicide because he cannot support his family
Jesumaria Kingsley, a 40 year-old Catholic fisherman, lost a leg during protests against rising petrol prices. Sebastian, 14, left school to help his mother and siblings. Tried by the situation, the man decided to hang himself. An activist for the rights of fishermen: "We are all responsible for his death."
24/11/2006 SRI LANKA
Fisher folk suffer due to war, post-tsunami, globalization
Fisher folk held rallies and gatherings to mark World Fisheries Day, in a bid to drawn attention to their plight, affected by many of the country's problems. After the tsunami, the government built big hotels but did not alleviate the misery of fishing communities, and big fisheries are now poaching their work.
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