‘Humanitarian crisis’: UN panel decries Covid rules that trapped crews at sea

‘Legally and morally wrong to expect seafarers to work indefinitely while depriving them of their fundamental rights’

Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageGovernments around the world have breached the rights of seafarers during the Covid-19 pandemic, creating a “humanitarian crisis” in which hundreds of thousands of workers are stranded onboard ships, said a UN panel on labour rights in a landmark ruling.Seafarers had reported physical and mental exhaustion, anxiety and sickness after spending months on board ship during the pandemic. There were also cases of people taking their own lives. Hundreds of people were denied medical care ashore, resulting in a number of deaths, said the UN’s International Labour Organization’s committee of experts. Continue reading…

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Publish date : 2020-12-18 07:15:01

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