Human Rights Conference unites Fisheries Community

Press Release

18 July 2016

IMHR Unites Fisheries over Human Rights

The International Maritime Human Rights Conference (IMHR) is delighted to announce its latest sponsors: The National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations (NFFO), the Pelagic Freezer-trawler Association (PFA) and the Sociaal fonds voor de trawlvisserij (SFT).

The event, taking place on 14 September, will address the issue of maritime human rights and associated welfare issues throughout the maritime environment by bringing together industry, civil society and government-level leaders for discussion and debate on current issues that universally affect the human element at sea.

The thought-provoking conference programme will cover all aspects of the maritime sector including a focus on the fishing community, with speakers Ment van der Zwan, Senior Policy Advisor, Pelagic Freezer-trawler Association and Chair, FISH-Platform highlighting ‘Human Rights and Fishers Welfare’, and Libby Woodhatch, Head of Advocacy, Seafish, discussing ‘Sustainable Fisheries and the Business Case for integration of Human Rights Provisions’.

On behalf of the Pelagic Freezer-trawler Association & SFT, Ment van der Zwan said: “Fishers serve society with healthy food. They deserve our support through respect for their human rights and decent work arrangements. This is why IMHR’s initiatives are so important.”

The conference is relevant to all those involved in maritime business and the transportation of goods and people by sea, and offers participants a unique chance to hear about the many initiatives that are being taken by the shipping industry, human rights advocates and other interested parties in tackling the urgent issues surrounding human rights protections at sea.

Robert Greenwood, Safety and Training Officer, NFFO, added:It is imperative that through education, enforcement and social engineering we ensure seafarers’ human rights wherever in the world they are from or choose to work.”

Delegate passes, combo tickets and dinner tables can be booked through the event website or by requesting a booking form.

To see the full conference programme and speaker line up


Ensign Events is a joint venture between Petrospot Ltd and Jeanius Consulting Ltd formed specifically for the International Maritime Human Rights Conference. &

Human Rights at Sea is a Registered Charity in England and Wales No. 1161673 which has been established for the benefit of the international community for matters concerning explicit engagement with human rights issues in the maritime environment.


Media Enquiries: Katherine Winfield, Jeanius Consulting Limited, Public Relations Consultants Tel: +44 1908 827340; Email:

Sponsorship and delegate enquiries: Jerry Carter, Petrospot Ltd. Tel: +44 1295 814 455; Email:

Twitter: @IntMHR

Web: www.mar-rights

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