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Gilontas' Response

Author: Gilontas, Published on: 13 February 2018

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Gilontas to respond to concerns raised in the Human Rights at Sea, Investigative Report and Case Study - Fisheries Abuses and Related Deaths at Sea in the Pacific Region, which cites the occurrence of potential human rights abuses occurring in the fishing industry in the Pacific region and, in particular, the alleged disappearance of fisheries observers.

The company responded:

"1. I have not been in presence of information indicating that there are human rights violation cases against any ship owned by the Gilontas Group.

2. We have no comments on the dissappearance of observer Keith Davis since, according to HRAS' 1 December 2017 report, there is a case still open on that matter. However, please  be informed that the Gilontas Group has cooperated with the authorities that conducted the investigation. 

Panama is the flag state of M/N Victoria No. 168 and its relevant authorities [Office of Judicial Investigations (Dirección de Investigaciones Judiciales) and the Maritime Authority of Panama (Autoridad Marítima de Panamá)] conducted an investigation and, as it involved a US citizen, we understand that it was supported by US authorities who also conducted their own investigation."

When further asked about abuses occurring within Gilontas' supply chain, the company responded:

"There are no human rights abuses occurring within the supply chain of the Gilontas Group that I know or can comment about."

This is a response from the following companies: Gilontas