Thailand's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) have held a joint press conference on illegal fishing and human trafficking in Thailand, the latest move by the current administration to regain international trust (Photo: EPA)
 
Bangkok (NNT/VNA) - Thailand's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) have held a joint press conference on illegal fishing and human trafficking in Thailand, the latest move by the current administration to regain international trust. 

Bussadee Santipitak, Director-General of the Department of Information and Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, co-chaired the press conference with OAG Expert Public Prosecutor Yongyuth Srisattayachon. They claimed that all related sectors have spared no effort in curbing illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing and human trafficking. 

Prosecutors are currently litigating eight open cases on IUU fishing, four of which are expected to be concluded by late February. All of the cases are expected to be settled before April, by which time the European Union will assign a commission to evaluate the country's campaign against IUU fishing. 

There are currently four criminal cases involving human trafficking in the fishing industry. Three of the cases are expected to conclude by April. However, legal proceedings for the latest case are expected to take some time, since the suspects have only just been arrested. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and OAG affirmed the government’s commitment to revamping the fishing industry, saying the courts, prosecutors and police have discussed ways to address the problems in a sustainable manner. - VNA