Taiwanese social welfare NGO working with Human Rights at Sea

Joint Press Release

28th October 2019

[Updated 29/10] Taipei, Taiwan. Today in Taipei, the charitable NGOs Human Rights at Sea and the Catholic faith-based NGO Rerum Novarum Social Service Center of the Society of Jesus met to discuss respective work and projects related to victims of human rights abuses and available social services in support of migrant fishermen amongst other peoples and workers.

Established in 1971, the Center’s mission is to ‘engage in direct service to contact and accompany people who need our service’ undertaken through education, participation and reform for those persons who are the most disadvantaged.

With values of human dignity, cooperation and concern based on providing services and support to the most disadvantaged, the Center’s work at the front line of social welfare in the fishing industry is focused on Filipino, Vietnamese and Indonesian migrant workers.

This is achieved through the ‘Migrant Foreign Fishermen’s Services’ which delivers:

  • Counselling on the rights of migrant workers employed on fishing vessels, psychological support and counselling, connection with social welfare resources, assistance, support and group activities.
  • Empowerment of migrant workers employed on fishing vessels.
  • Collection of supplies, including winter clothing needed by fishermen.

Human Rights at Sea CEO, David Hammond, accompanied by modern slavery researcher Mina Chiang met with Director Mrs. Chia-Ling Chung and Commissioner, Jason Lee, to explore closer co-operation mutually supporting each other’s efforts to achieve social justice in the maritime environment and specifically within the Taiwanese fishing sector.

Chia-Ling Chung said: “Rerum Novarum Center has always been hoping to connect with resources and networks to be the support for the fishermen. Through today’s meeting we have received more platform resource connections with international partners. We are looking forward to closer collaboration in the future.”

David Hammond said: “Today, we have had detailed discussions and shared information concerning incidents and trends of abuse in the Taiwanese fishing sector. These discussions have been extremely valuable in our on-going co-operation with a Taiwanese welfare NGO working at the front end.”

ENDS.

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新事社會服務中心海上人權組織的合作

2019年10月28日星期一

台灣,台北。今天非政府慈善組織「海上人權組織(以下簡稱海上人權)」和「天主教耶穌會台北新事社會服務中心(以下簡稱新事)」舉行討論會議,了解雙方各自在受服務對象人權剝削相關的工作項目與內容,以及現有能夠支持外籍漁工與其他移工的社會服務。

新事成立於1971年,本著「直接服務去接觸、關懷、陪伴有需要服務的人」的核心使命,努力地為處在最弱勢的族群推動教育、促進參與及制度改革。

基於維護人性尊嚴、促進各方合作與平等關懷受服務者的精神,新事站在漁工社會福利的第一線,致力於服務來自菲律賓、越南及印尼的外籍移工。

以下是新事主要的「外籍漁工服務」工作內容:

外籍漁工相關權益諮詢、心理支持輔導、社會福利資源連結與提供協助、權益宣導、支持性團體活動等。
外籍漁工增能培力。
募集漁工必要的物資(冬衣送暖活動)。

海上人權CEO David Hammond表示,在 modern slavery researcher Mina Chiang 的陪同下,會見了鍾佳伶主任和李正新專員(Jason Lee),探討了更緊密的合作,相互支持彼此在海上環境實現社會正義的努力,特別是在台灣外籍漁工的部分。

鍾佳伶主任:新事一直希望能連結更廣泛的資源、建立更緊密的服務網絡,成為漁民有力的後盾,透過今天的會議,我們如願獲得了更多的資源連結,並與國際合作夥伴進行了更深入的接觸,期許在未來能有更密切的合作。

最後David Hammond 說:今天,我們詳細的討論、共享關於在台灣漁工經常發生的事故與虐待問題,這些討論對未來的福利合作計畫非常具有前瞻性。

ENDS。

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鍾佳伶 主任

Jialingjong7@gmail.com

www.new-thing.org

 

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