Tag Archives: Fishing Rights

Filipino fishermen seek UN Commission on Human Rights intervention against China

Filipino fishermen who are residents of Zambales towns Subic and Masinloc, backed by lawyers Harry L. Roque and Gilbert T. Andres, are requesting the United Nations Commission on Human Rights to urgently intervene, remind, and direct China and its state agents to respect the human rights of Filipino fisherfolks over their traditional fishing grounds and […]

Freedom of navigation in East, South China seas stressed

MANILA — Maritime security experts attending a symposium hosted by the Institute for International Policy Studies (IIPS) agreed Monday that freedom of navigation and overflight in the East and South China seas should be assured. The symposium, titled “Towards Common Actions on Maritime Commons — Safeguarding Maritime Security in Asia through Regional Cooperation,” was cohosted […]

Taiwan’s Plan to Solve the South China Sea Dispute

In his article “Taiwan Can’t Save the South China Sea,” Michal Thim unfortunately doesn’t seem to grasp the true essence of both the East and South China Sea Peace Initiatives proposed by Republic of China (ROC, Taiwan) President Ma Ying-jeou. He also misses the widespread positive responses to the ongoing development of the initiatives. Mr. […]

Carpio: Arbiters can stop China

SUPREME Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio on Monday said the Philippine government should ask the Netherlands-based Permanent Court of Arbitration to issue a provision measure ordering China to stop its reclamation and construction activities in the disputed South China Sea. Carpio in a forum bewailed China’s continuing reclamation and construction activities, saying it was […]

Vietnam, Chinese Boats Clash Near Disputed South China Sea Isles

Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Share on LinkedInShare on RedditShare on Google+E-mail Vietnamese fishing craft clashed with Chinese boats near the disputed Paracel Islands last week, underscoring simmering tensions between the two communist countries even as their leaders talk of improving relations. Chinese vessels damaged a Vietnamese fishing boat with water cannons on June 7 […]

Zambales fishers explore suit vs China

OLONGAPO CITY—Fishermen in Zambales province, who were driven away by Chinese Coast Guard personnel from the Scarborough Shoal, have consulted a lawyer about a lawsuit against China for disrupting their livelihood. “We would like to go back to the shoal. It’s only there that we can fish to sustain our families. Artificial reefs are not […]

Vietnam shrugs off China’s unilateral fishing ban in East Sea

Vietnam has protested and dismissed China’s annual ban on fishing ban in the East Sea, the Vietnamese name for the South China Sea, for the next two-and-a-half months. Le Hai Binh, spokesman for the Vietnamese foreign affairs ministry, said in a statement late Saturday that the ban violates Vietnam’s sovereignty over Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago, […]

Local fishermen alarmed over dynamite fishing off Pagasa Island

MANILA, Philippines – Illegal fishing activities of the Chinese and Vietnamese in the West Philippine Sea have caused alarm with Filipino fishermen residing in the area. According to a report, the foreigners have been seen fishing near Pagasa Island which lies in the disputed waters. The Filipino fishermen would chase or warn illegal fishers away but […]

South China Sea: Turning Reefs Into Artificial Islands? – Analysis South China Sea: Turning Reefs Into Artificial Islands? – Analysis

Large-scale reclamation work in the South China Sea using living coral reefs as building material is causing severe environmental damage. It is also against international law. By Youna Lyons and Wong Hiu Fung* China’s ongoing reclamation activities in the South China Sea are a cause for environmental concern, given their potential to destroy the little-explored […]

Beyond the territorial dispute in the South China Sea

THEY are some of the most destructive land reclamation projects in the country. But unlike other planned developments that have become controversial because of their adverse impact on the environment, these are all taking place almost under the radar. China’s land reclamation projects on reefs, islets and rocks in the Spratly Islands—and their impact not […]