Dialogue Series on Human Rights Actors and Fisheries

Advancing the protection of small-scale fisher rights at national and international level?

Organised by the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR), One Ocean Hub and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) 

Registration and information: https://bit.ly/3XIxQL9


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 fishers, 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.

Language: English and Spanish.


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.

Speakers and discussants

  • 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

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
  • Nicole Franz, Fishery Planning Analyst, FAO
  • Sofie Gry Fridal Hansen, Adviser, DIHR
  • Dr Elaine Webster, One Ocean Hub, University of Strathclyde
  • Balortey Gormey, Hen Mpoano, small-scale fisheries representative
  • NHRI of Colombia
  • Facilitation by Harumi Fuentes Furuya, Human Rights Officer, OHCHR