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New UN guidelines aim to protect human rights for seafarers

The coronavirus pandemic has led to highly unreasonable working conditions for hundreds and thousands of seafarers. A new set of guidelines from the UN and IMO now aims to change this.

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With a new set of guidelines for the basic human rights of seafarers, the UN and its maritime body, the International Maritime Organization, IMO, now hope that shipping can solve its personnel problems, which have led to seafarers staying on board vessels for unreasonably long periods of time due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The new guidelines, dubbed the Human Rights Due Diligence Tool, have come about based on a concern that the crew change crisis that started during the pandemic could continue and even worsen during the months to come.

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