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Maritime Industry and Human Rights: Seafarers

Photo Credit: Greenpeace

Seafarers are the lifeblood of the global maritime and fishing industries. Without them, the industry fails. It is therefore essential that all seafarers, whatever their nationality, gender, religion, orientation and whatever vessel they work on are protected from human rights and labour rights abuses.

Exposure of all such abuses must be a priority to ensure a transparent industry and global maritime sector which provides access to effective remedies without impunity. 

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Seafarers "forced" to work with expired contracts as govts. demand supplies, close borders amid COVID-19 pandemic

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10 May 2020

Indonesia: Government condemns alleged abuse of fishermen aboard Chinese vessels after release of footage showing disposal of body bag

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1 July 2019

UAE: Case of Tamim Aldar highlights lack of accountability in Gulf ship abandonment

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21 June 2019

UAE: Case of abandoned ship, Azraqmoiah, comes to close after crew repatriated after two years

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11 June 2019

Report finds gaps in enforcement of human rights duties at sea by Denmark, Panama & Taiwan

Author: Human Rights at Sea, Univ. of Bristol Law School Human Rights Implementation Centre

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3 March 2019

Australia: Crew of a ship owned by Greek co. Evalend at BHP terminal allegedly underpaid and neglected

A recent media report published by the World Maritime News (linked below) claims that crew aboard Liberian-flagged ship Villa Deste owned by the Greek company, Evalend Shipping Company S.A., were neglected, with limited food, and underpaid whilst...

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1 March 2019

US customs blocks Vanuatu vessel allegedly carrying tuna caught using forced labour

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10 December 2018

HRAS: 30 seafarers stranded in the UAE without pay for over a year, suffering from poor health

Author: Human Rights at Sea

"HRAS Case Study: Seafarers' Abdonment in the UAE", December 2018...

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29 July 2018

Study by Human Rights at Sea & University of Bristol highlights human rights abuses at sea, and the challenges in monitoring & reporting them

"HRAS & University of Bristol Publish ‘Flag States and Human Rights’ Report", 24 July 2018...

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24 May 2018

ITF & Nautilus International will call the ILO for a significant rise in global seafarers minimum wage

Author: Safety4Sea (Greece)

'Nautilus, ITF call for rise in seafarers wages' 23 May 2018...

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