Philippine fishermen file complaints against China with UN

Want China Times
Date: 2015-06-25 15
By: CNA

Fishermen from the Philippines filed complaints with the United Nations against China on Wednesday over what they described as “massive and open invasion of human rights by China’s law enforcement authorities” in the disputed South China Sea.

Harry Roque, a human rights lawyer, told local media that he has, on behalf 38 fishermen from the provinces of Zambales and Masinloc, filed the complaints with Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, and Hilal Elver, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Right to Food.

The action by the fishermen is a follow-up to an official move by Manila two years ago to ask for international arbitration of the disputes over the sovereignty of the South China Sea, which is claimed fully or in part by China, Taiwan, the Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam and Brunei.

In January 2013, Manila sought international arbitration of its dispute with China, questioning the validity of the “nine-dash demarcation line” drawn by China, and in March the following year submitted a 4,000-page letter of appeal to the international arbitration court, which China refused to attend.     [FULL  STORY]

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