Increasing numbers of cases of human and labour rights abuse towards Indonesian fishers on foreign-flagged vessels are coming to light.
Taiwanese Coastguard authorities have arrested a 43 year old Chinese fishing vessel Master of the Seychelles-flagged Indian Star reported as being named ‘Wang’ who is suspected of ordering the 2014 reported murders of four men at sea.
Human Rights at Sea and the Dominica Flag State Administration are increasingly concerned about the change in status of the MV Gulf Sky and its crew.
The team of SOS MEDITERRANEE has rescued 180 people in four different operations in five days within the Maltese and Italian Search and Rescue Regions.
Human Rights at Sea was contacted in mid-May by the Master of the MV Gulf Sky (IMO 150377) flying the flag of Dominican Republic currently anchored off Port Khor Fakkan Anch, UAE.
In the majority of cases, the issues being raised are ones being communicated to highlight facts and concerns which seafarers feel are being under-reported rendering them invisible and without a voice.
Some seafarers who have been in direct contact with Human Rights at Sea are increasingly calling for greater levels of PPE to be made more widely available, but for those maritime workers who come on board their vessels including surveyors, agents, pilots and stevedores,
Human Rights at Sea has been requested to raise the plight of up to an assessed 1000 Indian fishermen stranded in and around Kish Island, Iran, without work and pay since 24 February.
World Maritime University adds its voice to widespread concerns over the serious effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the health, wellbeing, and safety of seafarers.