Depriving Africans of Livelihood

United States
October 5, 2011 3:39pm CST
With global warming taking its toll on several nations, most high seas drifters from developed nations make their way to coastal African nations to overfish these nations and thus depriving the natives of their livelihood. In nations such as Somalia, the natives fight back by attacking these drifters in efforts to protect their national resources. When Western nations fight against high seas drifters by seizing their ships, fining them or imprisoning them, it is called enforcing international laws. But when African nations such as Somalia fight back, the people are called "pirates." Empty Nets, Empty Future - http://www.greenpeace.org/africa/en/News/news/Empty-Nets-Empty-Future
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@anklesmash (1417)
5 Oct 11
I agree that developed nations shouldnt deplete the fishstocks of african nations however that dosent exuse the actions of the somali pirates which is what they are.Bear in mind the fact they dont just attack fishing boats they willingly attack any ships the can holding the crews to ransom they also kidnap holiday makers on yachts and in coastal resorts in the neighbouring kenya in order to hold them to ransom.
• United States
6 Oct 11
Anklesmash, overfishing is piracy under UNCLOS article 101: Piracy consists of any of the following acts: (a) any illegal acts of violence or detention, or ANY ACT OF DEPREDATION, committed for private ends by the crew or the passengers of a private ship or a private aircraft .... While some Somalis have resorted to seizing ships for some income, this practice in fact started as effort to deter illegal dumping and fishing by vessels of developed nations. The US, Russia and other nations do the same thing to ships unlawfully on their high seas jurisdiction. The situation of the Somalis is simply dramatized, and mostly because action is being taken by non-cronies of developed nations.