Preceded by the film Ghost Fleet

Can the high seas escape the law of might?


Saturday 9 March – 14h00
Espace Pitoëff - Théâtre
Rue de Carouge 52, 1205 Geneva

The high seas are of major economic and geopolitical interest. Beyond the reach of State sovereignty and out of sight, how can we ensure that the high seas do not continue to be a massive zone of human and environmental lawlessness?

Whether it is the food that we eat, the everyday items we use or the energy we consume, goods from the sea are everywhere in our lives. As a result, the oceans are a strategic battleground where the law of the strongest reigns with disconcerting impunity.

The seas, far from being a wilderness, provide a workplace for 50 million people around the world. And all too often, the unregulated activities of industrial fishing, which threaten ecological balance, and conceal widespread human rights violations.

Co-presented with Human Rights Watch and organized with the support of the Smile Wave Fund

Gerry Simpson
Associate Director, Crisis and Conflict Division, Human Rights Watch (HRW)

Adelin Coigny


David Hammond
Barrister, Executive Director Human Rights at Sea International
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Patima Tungpuchayakul
protagonist of "Ghost Fleet", activist and founder of LPN Foundation
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Claire Nouvian
Environmental activist and founder of the Bloom association
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Shannon Service
Co-director of "Ghost Fleet"
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Félicien Bogaerts
Television presenter and environmental activist
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French, english, thaï

By Jeffrey Waldron and Shannon Service

Ghost Fleet

Do you know where the prawns you buy in the supermarket come from? If they come from South-East Asia, they may have been harvested by enslaved people. Led by Patima Tungpuchayakul, a woman of unwavering determination, a small group of activists have dedicated themselves heart and soul to the fight against human trafficking. They have already enabled more than 4,000 of these men, reduced to the status of modern-day ghosts, to be reunited with their families after years of silence.

Section : Documentaries - Out of Competition
Country : United States
Original languages : English, Burmese, Thai, Khmer
Subtitles : English, French
Jeffrey Waldron
Shannon Service
Jon Bowermaster
Shannon Service
Ocean 8 Films
Jon Bowermaster