Initial results of the first major survey undertaken by Seafarers’ Rights International (SRI) into the experiences of seafarers facing criminal charges have thrown up worrying claims that seafarers are subjected to unfair treatment and feel intimidated by policing authorities around the world, and that they are not provided legal representation and interpretation services when needed.
The survey of 3,480 seafarers was undertaken in the 12 months to the end of February 2012. It was conducted in eight languages – Chinese, English, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish and Tagalog. Responses were received from 18 countries and 68 different nationalities of seafarers. […]