Honorable Chairs, fellow delegates, and members of the United Nations,The Delegate of the Russian Federation strongly recommends UNHRC to discuss uponpossible solutions regarding Agenda A.Ever since the first humans discovered Southeast Asia hundreds of years back, it has alwaysbeen a major provider of fish and other kinds of seafood, especially shrimp raised in ponds.However, as fish grow scarce in the once plentiful oceans and demands for seafood rise withthe population, many fishermen in Southeast Asia are being forced to take drastic measures.According to a UN report in 2014, at least 58 million men, women and children are involvedin the fishing trade worldwide. Many of these people are migrants that, desolate and withouta home, have shipped themselves out to sea and borne backbreaking work, being treated asslaves. Despite the United Nations’ September 2010 plan of action on combating humantrafficking worldwide, the ILO still marks down fishing as a highly hazardous sector of work.The plan of action may have abated the rate of human trafficking, but it has done aninconsequential amount in terms of the barefoot masses that teem aboard illegal fishing ships.Conditions on these ships remain atrocious, with the international labor organization Veritéclaiming that” Fishers on vessels routinely face hazards and conditions of work that are exacerbated bypoor weather conditions, a constantly moving work environment and the lack of medical careon the open water. While on vessels, fishers are exposed to sun and salt water withoutprotective clothing, slippery/moving work surfaces, malfunctioning gear, regular use ofknives/other sharp objects, entanglement in nets, large waves, inadequate sleeping quarters,inadequate sanitation, and a lack of fresh food and water. Should someone become ill whileon board a vessel, it can be difficult to seek medical care in a timely manner. When settingnets or hauling in a catch, workers may be required to work around the clock without breaksfor days. Collisions or shipwrecks are also a risk.”However, the majority of the international community ignores the source of the shrimp on thetable. Most governments in Southeast Asia reap tremendous benefits from the fishingName Min LeePhoto(if any)Committee UNHRCDelegation Russian FederationE-mail Address (if any) [email protected] Item A- Measures toresolve slavery and labor abusein the fishing sector in SoutheastAsiaindustry, with the Thai government alone pulling 7 billion euros from its fishing industry. Thesaid fishing industry officially contains 71,000 immigrant workers, but the number is mostlikely more than doubled in the shady, crowded illegal boats dotting the coastline. TheEuropean Union has issued a warning to the major seafood providers of Southeast Asia,claiming that the continuation of such behavior may as well lead to a complete boycott ofseafood imports from Southeast Asia. Suspicions that deep-rooted corruption in thegovernments and police system causes this scam have arisen.The Russian Federation wholly supports the European Union and all other nations whichhave opted to impose heavy limits on the seafood imported from Southeast Asia. As thesituation grows even more dire in the afflicted regions, the Russian Federation believes that itis now incumbent upon member nations of the UNHRC to take immediate action on the issueat hand.The Russian Federation believes that the ultimate solution to the issue of labor abuse inSoutheast Asia is cutting the problem at its roots. The deep-rooted corruption in thegovernments is their own problem, and not something for the international community tointerfere in. However, the problem of illegal immigrants that trickle into Southeast Asia insearch of jobs is a problem for the international community. The delegate of the RussianFederation suggests more firmness in dealing with seafood imports from Southeast Asia andalso to aid the afflicted nations in strengthening their border control. Making the nationsconcerned less dependent upon the fishing trade will lead to the economic development ofthe nations involved. The boycott of seafood products from Southeast Asia may lead tonegative impacts on the economy and social infrastructure of certain nations. However, thedelegate of the Russian Federation believes that a certain amount of sacrifice is necessary.The Russian Federation does not wish for strict sanctions to be imposed upon the nationsconcerned, as sanctions harm the global economy on a whole. If boycotts prove ineffective,the UNHRC could try the more roundabout method of making the Southeast Asian nationsless dependent upon their seafood production.Another possible measure for the UNHRC is the periodic check on human rights. Many suchraids have occurred over the course of the past few years, freeing many men and women fromthe trade. Because the majority of illegal packaging factories and headquarters of shadyindustries lie hiding in what seems to be a hidden corner, such raids are usually hard to gettogether. Finding an illegal establishment would entail searching in countless houses, most ofwhich would be plain households. Even so, the organizers of the raid would encounterimmense trouble in relocating the freed people, as most of the sufferers have stepped into thefishing trade without an other choice. The international community could have an immensehand in this. A reinforcement of safety measures in the fishing sectors could easily root outthose establishments that are involved in the trade of seafood by periodic patrols that wouldreport any suspicious activity around buildings. Once suspicious activity was reported, theUnited Nations could rehabilitate the workers in NGO-run factories or other safe jobs thatneed manual labor but are running short on workers.Some important issues that could be run through during the course of the debate are the stateof the fishing industry, the corruption in Southeast Asian governments, and theimplementation of safety measures in fishing sectors across the region.