JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Muhammadiyah and a number of fishermen organizations report the Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (KKP) Susi Pudjiastuti to the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) because of being considered detrimental to the fishery sector, especially fishermen who later lost their livelihoods.
"Our objective to report Susi Pudjiastuti is to provide information that impact of Susi Pudjiastuti's policy has given birth to poverty, unemployment and dismissal of labors in the fishing industry and even vulnerable to conflict between fishermen and the community," said Chairman of the Indonesian Fishermen Front (FNI) and Katam Indonesia Rusdianto Samawa in a written statement received in Jakarta, Tuesday (04/25/2017).
He said there were a number of regulations from Minister Susi that hampered the livelihood of fishermen. Meanwhile, the economic potential of fisheries could provide additional jobs for 20 million households in coastal villages with the potential to catch 60 million tons of fish per year and could contribute $240 billion of foreign exchange proceeds.
"The fishing gear is forbidden, the boat is restricted, the fishermen are arrested and imprisoned, accused of cooperation with foreigners, resulting in the children of the fishermen having dropped out of school, their wives and their parents in-laws no longer sell retail fish. Various rules issued by the KKP since November 2014 has shut down fishing businesses, fish processing units and fish cultivators," he explained.
Komnas HAM commissioner Meneger Nasution said he would follow up a report on Minister Susi. Komnas HAM will review the location of fishery centers. It will also conduct detailed monitoring in order to collect data on violations committed. (*)