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HRC 40 - EU Intervention: Clustered Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the right to food and the Independent Expert on Foreign Debt

Geneva, 28/02/2019 - 00:00, UNIQUE ID: 190318_7
Statements on behalf of the EU

40th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council Geneva, 25 February – 22 March 2019 EU Intervention: Clustered Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the right to food and the Independent Expert on Foreign Debt

Mme Special Rapporteur, Ms. Hilal Elver,

We would like to thank you for your report to the Council, focusing both on the role of fishery workers in contributing to the food security of others and on the barriers that these workers face in order to enjoy their own human rights, specifically the right to food. It accurately recognizes how human rights are interrelated and that as, your report shows, people, and in particular women and children, face heightened risks of discrimination and exploitation in the agricultural sector.

The EU actively promotes better international governance across the world’s seas and oceans to keep them clean, safe and secure and is committed to fighting illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing worldwide, publishing  with international organisations a list of blacklisted vessels and non-cooperative countries, and penalising offenders. [1]

Ms Elver, in your report, you recommend the private sector to consider providing funding support for third party audits to reveal patterns of illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing and worker exploitation. What incentives would you envisage companies could be given in order to further promote these type of accountability initiatives and what measures could States improve in this regard?  

Thank you.

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