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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6 January 2018

Indonesia: Human trafficking suit settlement between Indonesian fishermen & American boat owner no impact on nearly 800 others; past report found men on some boats living in squalor & lacking food

Author: Associated Press, Bangkok Post

"Indonesian fishermen settle human trafficking suit" 04 January 2018...

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18 December 2017

Thailand: Stakeholders create Fishermen Centre to prevent human trafficking in fisheries sector

Author: Pratch Rujivanarom, The Nation

"Rights violations of migrant fishermen focus of new Fishermen's Centre", 18 December 2017...

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6 December 2017

UK: Company sued for severe worker injuries in ship-breaking yard in Bangladesh following vessel sale

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13 November 2017

Netherlands: Unions to fight Boskalis' dismissal of 20 crew members

Author: World Maritime News

'Unions to Fight Against Boskalis’ Fairmount Crew Replacement Plans' 13 Nov 2017...

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6 November 2017

Indonesia: Cambodia PM requests ambassador to prevent criminal suits vs. trafficked workers on Thai fishing boats

Author: Ven, Rathavong

"Indonesia urged to protect Thai boat migrants", 07 November 2017...

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2 October 2017

ILO adopts resolution to increase protection for migrant fishermen

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28 September 2017

Indian fishermen vow to keep fighting 'devastating' World Bank project

Author: Rina Chandran, Reuters

Farmers and fishermen who sued an arm of the World Bank - for funding an Indian power plant they say hurts their livelihoods - have vowed to appeal a U.S. court ruling that the institution has “absolute immunity”…...

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6 September 2017

UK: Intl. Transport Workers’ Federation supports seafarers in 3 cases of abandonment by Turkish Voda Shipping, claim conditions "close to modern day slavery"

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) has 'successfully supported the crew in three ship abandonment cases in UK waters that show a culture close to modern day slavery in some parts of the shipping industry'. The ITF alleges that...

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20 August 2017

Factory farming in Asia poses environmental, forced-labour risks

Author: Rina Chandran, Reuters

"Factory farming in Asia poses environmental, forced-labour risks: report" 16 August 2017...

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2 August 2017

So. Asia: Hazardous ship graveyards - workers facing precarious conditions

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