HRAS Case Study Seafarers’ Abandonment on Kish Island, Iran – A practice of Human Rights Abuses

Press Release

Tuesday 17 July 2018

London.UK. Human Rights at Sea has just published a case study that sheds light into labour abusive practices and seafarers’ abandonment on Kish Island, in Iran. Seventeen seafarers were left to face destitution on the island of Kish by their respective shipping companies – employers with outstanding salaries of almost two years and their identification papers confiscated. The allegations include food-poisoning, limited access to clean water and denial of medical treatments.

Human Rights at Sea remains concerned over such labour abusive practices. If Kish island in Iran is being used by shipowners to abandon seafarers so they circumvent their legal obligations owed to them under their employment contract while they are in the process of recruiting new ones, then such practices must come to an end. The shipping industry must come together and explicitly condemn such practices. This pattern of abuse constitutes a violation of fundamental human rights first and above all.

Download and read the case study here.

ENDS.

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