The ILO Committee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations (CEACR) notes with deep concern the challenges and the impact that restrictions and other measures adopted by governments around the world to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the protection of seafarers’ rights as laid out in the Convention.

On 12 December, 2020, the CEACR at its 91st session (Nov. - Dec. 2020) adopted its General observation notes on matters arising from the application of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006, as amended (MLC, 2006) during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Committee encourages ratifying States to recognise seafarers as key workers and urges ratifying States to adopt all necessary measures without delay to restore the protection of seafarers’ rights and comply to the fullest extent with their obligations under the MLC, 2006.

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Meredith Yang

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