• Stop China’s sea abuses, UN urged

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    Rep. Harry Roque of Kabayan Party-list and lawyers from the Center for International Law (Centerlaw) asked the United Nations (UN) to order China to stop abusing the rights of Filipinos who want to fish at the Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal.

    In an urgent manifestation filed on Friday, Roque and the lawyers urged the UN to “exert [its]moral influence and urgently intervene, remind, and direct China and its state agents to respect the human rights—including the right to livelihood, the right to adequate food, and the right to life—of the Filipino fisherfolk over their traditional fishing grounds and safe refuge in the Scarborough Shoal.”

    According to a statement issued by Roque, the manifestation was filed because of the human rights violations committed against Filipino fishermen in Scarboroagh Shoal by
    state agents of China.

    They directed their appeal to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Husseinun; Hilal Elver, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, and Idriss Jazairy, UN Special Rapporteur on the Negative Impact of the Unilateral Coercive Measures on the Enjoyment of Human Rights.

    Earlier, Roque and Centerlaw filed two other appeals to Al Huesseinun and Elver on behalf of 54 fisherfolk from Subic, Masinloc and Sta. Cruz in Zambales and Infanta town in Pangasinan.

    Roque said they asked Al Husseinun, Elver, and Jazairy in their latest appeal to “urgently intervene and investigate the human rights violations committed by China and its state agents against Filipino fisherfolk in Scarborough Shoal.”

    They also asked the UN officials to “remind, declare, and direct China and its state agents to cease and desist from violating the human rights—including the right to livelihood, the right to adequate food, and the right to life – of the Filipino fisherfolk over the Scarborough Shoal and to respect these human rights.”

    They asked China to stop interfering with and to respect the Filipino fisherfolk’s right to a safe refuge over the said shoal.

    The UN was asked to “remind, declare, and direct China to provide effective remedies and compensation to the Filipino fisherfolk-victims of the human rights violations committed against them in Scarborough by China and its state agents.”

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