NGOs urge government to improve protection for migrant fishermen

Focus Taiwan
Date: 09/01/2020
By: William Yen and CNA intern Meryl Kao

Greenpeace communications officer Moffy Chen (陳瓊妤, front left). CNA photo Sept. 1, 2020

Taipei, Sept. 1 (CNA) A coalition of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that fight for the rights of migrant workers rallied in Taipei Tuesday outside an annual international workshop on combating human trafficking.

The protesters were demanding that the government improve the rights of migrant fishermen following alleged abuses aboard Taiwanese deep sea fishing vessels.

Representatives from some four NGOs, gathered outside Taipei's Chang Yung-Fa Foundation International Convention Center, where the 2020 International Workshop on Combating Human Trafficking was being held, to urge the government to stop allowing Taiwanese deep sea vessels from sailing under flags of convenience and to include its migrant fishermen into Taiwan's labor laws.

A flag of convenience is a practice in which a vessel registers and flies a flag other than that of the country of the shipowner to save costs on tax and other fiscal incentives.   [FULL  STORY]

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