HRAS Pursues Australian Legislative Change for Long-Term Maritime Levy Seafarer Support

LONDON. UK. In the past months, Human Rights at Sea along with in-country partners, has been discreetly pursuing its Maritime Levy Campaign in Australia. This is focused on following-up on recent State-level success in New Zealand updating national legislation for all seafarer welfare centers to be sustainably funded through a dedicated maritime levy contribution.

Insight. Concerns of a Seafarer during COVID-19.

"We guys are fully exhausted and already [have] completed our contract..." London. UK. In the past two weeks, Human Rights at Sea has been contacted by seafarers from around the world highlighting their concerns and plight in relation to COVID-19. Many of their principle concerns have revolved around not being heard, not being well-represented and not having an individual voice.

COVID-19: Social Exclusion for Returning Seafarers strains Family Relationships

"Little did I know that the excitement of going home finally after 6.5 months would turn into a nightmare after I landed." London. UK. Over the last 72 hours, Human Rights at Sea has been deluged with Indian seafarers getting in contact with the charitable NGO outlining the challenges they are facing during the current COVID-19 crisis. This now includes emerging issues relating to unexpected social exclusion when some seafarers return home.

Seafarers call for better support, transparency and information on COVID19-[Updated]

"I was about to join a vessel and now I am completely out of cash... What do we do? What about our families?" London. UK. Human Rights at Sea has been deluged with cases of seafarers seeking to highlight their plight either after being left on vessels, left ashore in foreign countries unable to return to their families due to the unprecedented COVID 19 crisis, and not having sufficient information being passed to them.

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