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Waiting for Chandrika Sharma 

Chandrika Sharma, Executive Secretary, ICSF and Publisher, SAMUDRA Report, was on board the Malaysian Airlines MH370 that disappeared on 8 March 2014 en route to Beijing, China from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Chandrika was on her way to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, to attend the 32nd Session of the FAO Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific, representing ICSF. The location of the aircraft is, to date, not known. Chandrika is very much missed by all of us. 

It is now more than 250 days since the Malaysia Airlines MH370 carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew members went, reportedly, missing on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on 08 March 2014. It is also more than 45 days since the search for the missing aircraft has resumed in the Indian Ocean where the missing plane is believed to have ended its flight.

The passengers on board this aircraft include Chandrika Sharma, Executive Secretary, ICSF and publisher of this Report. She was on her way to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, to attend the 32nd Session of the FAO Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific. Her family and friends as well as her colleagues have been anxiously waiting for all this while to have tangible news on what, in fact, had happened to this plane and to all those on board. So far the wait has been in vain. After such a long and harrowing wait, it is distressing there is still no news in sight, whatsoever, of what had happened to the plane and those on board.

We are disappointed that Malaysia— the State of registry of MH370— is still not in a position to shed light on what had befallen this aircraft, its passengers or crew. This is worrying. We appeal for renewed vigour to enhance search operation not only from Malaysia, Australia and China--the current members of the Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC)—but also from other 11 affected States that have their citizens on board this aircraft. Such a move would be consistent with Paragraph 5.27, Annex 13 of the Convention on International Civil Aviation (CICA) that deals with the rights of States that have a special interest in an accident by virtue of fatalities or serious injuries of its citizens. In addition to the JACC member States, these States include the United States, Canada, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Russia, New Zealand, Indonesia and India. We remain committed as ever to have factual information about the disappearance of this aircraft and to have a dignified closure to this unfortunate incident.

Dedicated to Chandrika Sharma

In Memory of Chandrika Sharma

This report is dedicated to the memory of Chandrika Sharma, who disappeared tragically on March 8, 2014 on board the Malaysian Airlines fl ight MH370. Chandrika participated in the elaboration of this report as one of the peer reviewers, sending a very detailed and constructive review just a few days before the tragic event. Chandrika was a most pleasant and constructive team player and will be sorely missed. She will be remembered by the international community for her great passion and devotion to the support of fi shworkers, especially women, and marginalized fi shworkers’ communities, for their rights for better justice and for progress to reduce inequalities and hunger.” 

from the HLPE Chair’s Forward to the HLPE report on the contribution of
sustainable fisheries and aquaculture to food security and nutrition http://www.fao.org/3/a-i3844e.pdf

Chandrika Sharma has been a grand example of a person who has expressed and shown us the spirit of the CSM: to be strongly dedicated and committed with the struggles of communities and social movements, and engaged with great capacity in the articulation of civil-society efforts on the global level, particularly within the space of the CFS.
appreciation of Chandrika Sharma by the CSMSecretariat

Weblinks

FAO SSF Guidelines 

In Solidarity and Hope for Chandrika Sharma

CSM Forum 2014: Zoila Bustamente , Naseegh Jaffer

HLPE, 2014. Sustainable fisheries and aquaculture for food security and nutrition. A report by the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition of the Committee on World Food Security, Rome 2014.

Lost Leader by Paul Molyneaux

LOST IN FLIGHT BUT NOT IN SPIRIT by Pietro Parravano, Chair, Fishing Committee, AOS-USA

Kumar, Mukul; K. Saravanan and Nityanand Jayaraman. 2014. Mapping the coastal commons: Fisherfolk and the politics of urbanisation in Chennai. Economic and Political Weekly. Vol XLIX.48. November 29, 2014. 

SAMUDRA For Pondy

Waiting for Chandrika

Letters

Letter to Prime Minister of India

Letter to President of India

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