Maritime Industry

Application of human rights throughout the maritime environment at all times without exception

David Hammond, Founder & Trustee, Human Rights at Sea

From working conditions of ship workers to modern-day-slavery in the fishing industry, to violent attacks by pirates and others, to environmental contamination affecting human health, the industry is in need of norms, and standards to address these issues effectively.

Phil Bloomer, Executive Director, Business and Human Rights Resource Centre

Maritime industries continue to face serious human rights and labour rights abuses, from modern-day-slavery in the fisheries industry to labour rights violations of seafarers and those who work in shipbreaking yards. Businesses, through their operations and supply chains, should uphold human rights equally as they do on land and at sea.

This in-depth area will look into the specific labour rights issues and human rights abuses in the maritime industry with a focus on three sub-categories: seafaring, fishing and shipbreaking. 

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13 August 2002

Maritime workers' rights will no longer be lost at sea [South Africa]

Author: Mokgadi Pela, Business Report [South Africa]

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30 July 2002

Seafarers demand better payment, welfare [Indonesia]

Author: Ridwan Max Sijabat, Jakarta Post

...The ILO report on its investigation into their living and working conditions in the Asia-Pacific region said that labor conditions in Indonesia's maritime and sea transportation sector were still in poor condition because of extremely weak union...

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26 July 2002

ITF helps to jail ship owner and thugs for reign of terror

Author: ITF-International Transport Workers’ Federation

An ITF inspector has helped to send three men to jail for running a regime of fear and violence on board a ship docked in Denmark. Two men sent to the ship by the owner of the Russian-owned, Belize-flagged Salus were yesterday sentenced to four months...

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23 July 2002

CHILD LABOR: ILO Says 500,000 Honduran Children Help Support Families

Author: UN Wire

The International Labor Organization has said in a new report that nearly 500,000 Honduran children are forced to work to supplement their family's incomes, with many working in high-risk occupations such as shellfish diving, handling dangerous...

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4 June 2002

TANZANIA: Child labour common in Zanzibar

Author: U.N. Integrated Regional Information Networks

A recent rapid assessment by the International Labour Organisation (ILO), an associate organisation of the United Nations, has found that child labour is "common" in Zanzibar, with prostitution, fisheries and seaweed farming among the "most hazardous"...

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24 May 2002

KENYA: 1.9 Million Children Working, U.N.-Funded Report Says

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13 May 2002

Aid can kill with kindness, say Thai mussel farmers

Author: Erin Prelypchan, Reuters

[criticism of Asian Development Bank for funding project which was intended to clean up polluted canals, but dumps toxins on mussel farms, making the seafood dangerous to eat and nearly impossible to sell]

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12 May 2002

Fishermen's plight under spotlight [South Africa]

Author: Nashira Davids, Sunday Times [South Africa]

Western Cape politicians are demanding a probe into working conditions in the fishing industry after 25 fishermen have died in less than a month.

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Article
27 March 2002

Thirteen dead in Dubai shipyard flood [United Arab Emirates]

Author: BBC News

At least 13 workers are reported to have died in Dubai after a dry dock flooded with sea water...Officials at Dubai Drydocks, one of the world's biggest shipping repair facilities, said the casualty figures might rise as divers began rescue operations...

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25 February 2002

Ship of Shame docks in Melbourne: ITF [International Transport Workers' Federation] invites MPs and media on board to witness first hand shameful crew exploitation

Author: Maritime Union of Australia

They've been cheated $300,000 in wages, fed on fish heads, intimidated and stood-over. But when three complained they were sacked. They are the crew of the ageing Greek owned, Cypriot flag of convenience vessel ANL Progress

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