The dialogue series will explore how national and international human rights actors are using their respective mandates to promote and protect the rights of small-scale fish workers and their communities.The ambition is to better understand current engagement and to explore opportunities for deepening their engagement and collaboration between the different actors.
Organisers: The Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR), One Ocean Hub and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).
Language: English and Spanish.
The dialogue series will consist of two online webinars:
Webinar on 1 February 2023 at 13:00-14:30 CET
In the first webinar, we will focus on the role of national human rights institutions. NHRI representatives will share examples of applying their NHRI mandate to address the human rights abuses and violations affecting small-scale fishers and indigenous peoples. Other key actors will contribute to the following discussion on possible measures for strengthening this engagement.
- Harumi Fuentes Furuya, Human Rights Officer, OHCHR
- Victor Joseph H. Obanil, Development Management Officer, NHRI of the Philippines
- Sebastián Smart, Regional Director, NHRI of Chile
- Jonas Ben Sibanyoni, Commissioner, NHRI of South Africa
- Margaret Nakato, IPC Working Group on Fisheries, WFF and Executive Director, Katosi Women Development Trust, Uganda
- Jamshid Gaziyev, Human Rights Officer, the Right to Food Mandate of OHCHR
- Dr Kira Erwin, One Ocean Hub, Durban University of Technology, South Africa
- Wilmien Wicomb, Attorney, Legal Resources Centre, South Africa
- Facilitation by Carol Rask, Chief Advisor, DIHR
Webinar on 2 February 2023 at 15:00-16:30 CET
Register here: Webinar 2: International Human Rights Mechanisms
In the second webinar, we will focus on protecting the human rights of small-scale fishers through international human rights mechanisms. Representatives from the mechanisms will share examples of current advice and recommendations to states in relation to the human rights of small-scale fishers and indigenous peoples. Followed by discussions on opportunities for deepening their engagement and collaboration these issues with NHRIs, civil society and other key actors.
Speakers and discussants
- Michael Windfuhr, member, UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
- Michael Fakhri, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food
- Dorothy Estrada-Tanck, Chair of the UN Working Group on Discrimination against Women and Girls
- Sofie Gry Fridal Hansen, Adviser, DIHR
- William Salazar, Advisor for the Delegate on Agricultural and Land Issues, the NHRI of Colombia
- Nicole Franz, Fishery Planning Analyst, FAO
- Dr Elaine Webster, One Ocean Hub, University of Strathclyde
- Balortey Gormey, Hen Mpoano, small-scale fisheries representative
- Facilitation by Harumi Fuentes Furuya, Human Rights Officer, OHCHR
Links to resources
For resources from DIHR on human rights, fisheries and aquaculture visit Promoting human rights in fisheries and aquaculture and try the new the Human Rights Guide to Fisheries.