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12 Jul 2020

Kyodo, South China Morning Post

Indonesia seizes Chinese boats after dead body was found aboard; co. executives detained for crew deaths & labour exploitation

"Indonesia seizes two Chinese boats after body of man found aboard", 10 July 2020

The Indonesian authorities have seized two Chinese fishing boats, one carrying the dead body of an Indonesian crew member, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi [...].


The boats – Lu Huang Yuan Yu 117 and Lu Huang Yuan Yu 118 – were "stopped while they were still in Indonesia's territorial waters" and "then dragged to a military base" on Batam Island, near Singapore, for further investigation, she said.

She said the 21 other Indonesian crew members might have also been exploited by the Chinese company owning the boats and subjected to bad working conditions.

The minister did not go into detail, but non-governmental organisation Destructive Fishing Watch Indonesia said the sailorman who died fell sick after having been kicked in the chest by one of the boats' Chinese captains.

"He didn't get any food while sick and (then) only received bread and milk after he was in critical condition," Laode Hardiani, field coordinator of the organisation, said in a statement, quoting witnesses.


Three executives of that company were detained by police in May in connection with the deaths of four seamen and the labour exploitation of dozens of others working on Chinese fishing boats.