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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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21 July 2017

USA: Abuses against migrant workers on Hawaii fishing fleet - NGO takes US Govt. before Inter-American Commission

Author: Associated Press (USA)

Claims of human rights abuses in Hawaii fleet...

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12 July 2017

World’s largest tuna firm Thai Union announces pathbreaking environmental & labour reforms - moving toward full digital traceability

Following a global Greenpeace campaign to protect workers and marine life through reforms in the seafood industry, Thai Union announced new commitments, including efforts to support best practice fisheries, reduce illegal and unethical practices in...

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10 July 2017

Indonesia: Locals resist sand mining and construction of artificial islands due to potential harm to fish stocks and environment

Author: Wahyu Chandra & Rahmat Hardiansya, Mongabay

"Locals mount fierce resistance against sand mining, land reclamation in Makassar", 11 July 2017...

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5 July 2017

The plight of migrant sailors in the Gulf

The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) keep records on these abuses. Worldwide, there are 4,866 seafarers on a total of 336 ships recorded as abandoned on board ship. According to the IMO, the...

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6 June 2017

Albertsons commits to SDGs & joins Seafood Task Force tackling human rights issues in supply chains

Author: PR Newswire


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23 May 2017

Myanmar: Fishermen protest against access restrictions at Kyaukphyu seaport; fishing not allowed where China National Petroleum Corporation's ships dock

Author: Moe Myint, Irrawaddy

"Fishermen Protest Against Kyaukphyu Seaport," 22 May 2017...

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16 May 2017

Coalition of fisheries leaders, maritime workers & employers call on EU to end forced labour in its waters

Author: The Fish Site

"Pressure to stamp out forced labour in EU waters" 12 May 2017...

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7 May 2017

Guidance on best practice in ethical recruitment of migrant workers

Author: Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility

...The global recruitment industry and its many risks have become a focal point for many companies with extended supply chains. ICCR members challenge companies in their respective sectors to take leadership and become models for their sector peers,...

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23 April 2017

US retailers make progress towards improving working conditions in the tuna industry, finds Greenpeace

Author: The Maritime Executive

"In its second canned tuna ranking, Greenpeace USA found that a number of U.S. retailers have made significant progress toward offering consumers more sustainable and ethical products....

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3 April 2017

ILO urges Thai Govt. to improve efforts to protect migrant workers in fishing vessels following ITUC & ITF representation that Thailand is failing to observe the Forced Labour Convention

In a communication dated 12 February 2016, the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) made a representation to the International Labour Organization (ILO) alleging non-observance by...

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