Pacific: State members of the Pacific Forum Fisheries Agency enact crew welfare regulations based on the ILO 188 Work in Fishing Convention

Author: Human Rights at Sea, Published on: 10 August 2019

"Pacific Forum Fisheries Agency enacts new crew welfare regulations", 6 August 2019 of 23 May 2019, the 17 member State Pacific Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) has enacted new agreed minimum terms and conditions in relation to crew employment conditions in support of enhanced protections for Pacific fisheries seafarers largely based on the ILO 188 Work in Fishing Convention.

...Key paragraphs explicitly highly the requirement for respect and protection of international human rights standards, with the new standards to be enacted into national legislation in 2020.

Under the ‘Crew Employment Conditions’ is it stated that:

(c) The Operator shall observe and respect any form of basic human rights of the Crew in accordance with accepted international human right standards.

(d) The Operator shall take all reasonable steps to ensure that Crew are not assaulted or subject to torture, cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment and shall treat all crew with fairness and dignity.

In the particulars of the Crew Agreement it further explicitly highlights that:

11. The right of termination by the Crew in the event of mistreatment and abuse;

12. The protection that will cover the Crew in the event of mistreatment and abuse, sickness, injury or death in connection with service....

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