Bahraini human rights activists denounced the government’s policies towards fishermen, and its failure to end their suffering despite all previous appeals to solve their problems and meet their legitimate demands.
During a symposium on Saturday evening entitled “The Suffering of Fishermen in Bahrain on the Edge of Regional Conflicts”, which was organized via the Internet, human rights activists accused the Bahraini regime of deliberately neglecting the problems facing the fishermen.
Activists said that corruption, exploitation and the authority of those described as influential people are among the most prominent reasons that multiplied the suffering of fishermen, in addition to the “policy of the Bahraini regime to impoverish citizens and cut off their livelihoods.”
They pointed out that the fishing dilemma in Bahrain is first due to an internal corruption problem related to the way the symbols of government manage the fisheries sector, and the attempt to throw the result of decades of neglect and systematic and deliberate destruction of the sector – like other internal problems – on the dispute with neighboring countries such as Iran or Qatar.
An important seminar that will reveal some of the regime’s crimes against seafarers, the sea and the coasts The suffering of fishermen in Bahrain on the edge of regional disputes:
Wasted rights … and programmed employment for the suffering of sailors 0 directly on Sunday night at 8:00 Bahrain local time on the direct link via YouTube https://t.co/xvw7Fx6 pic.twitter.com/d2lPuoHIZx
– Abdul Ghani Khanjar (@AKHANJAR) December 23, 2020
The symposium focused on a number of axes, namely: the policy of the government in Bahrain towards the suffering of fishermen from neglect to political exploitation, as well as the suffering of fishermen and seafarers in the Kingdom from the perspective of human rights charters, experiences and testimonies on the suffering of fishermen in Bahrain and their wasted rights.
The suffering of fishermen in Bahrain has been going on for years, without finding a serious solution from the government.
The stakeholders say that the main causes of their many problems is the dwindling quantity of fish on the country’s coasts, and they blame it on the unrestricted overfishing by Asian fishermen, as well as the closure of some invested coasts for the benefit of some influential people, and the departure of most customers to buy fish from modern stores and large commercial centers.
This reality pushes Bahraini fishermen to risk their lives and search for fish far from the coasts and outside the territorial waters of the Kingdom, in order to secure their children’s livelihood, with the authorities failing to meet their continuous demands such as enacting laws that regulate the profession and provide them with support.
The suffering of the fishermen brothers in the Kingdom of Bahrain and one of the most important reasons is the futility of the expatriate workers. pic.twitter.com/0Ft0y5r1Dd
– Abu Hamza Al-Fazari (@ rashid99999947) March 31, 2018
Fishing is a source of livelihood for a large segment of Bahrainis, known for their good production of fish on the coasts of the Gulf.