Archbishop speaks up for human rights of seafarers

Archbishop Silvano Tomasi CS, Holy See permanent observer to the United Nations at Geneva, has called on States to ratify a Maritime Labour Convention that will protect the rights of millions of maritime workers.

The Vatican Information Service reported at the weekend of his intervention at the 94th session of the International Labor Conference (Maritime).

During the session, which was held in Geneva from 7-23 February, a convention on maritime work was approved, coordinating and updating the provisions of more than 60 earlier international instruments.

Archbishop Tomasi expressed the hope that the conference would "provide 'opportunities for women and men to obtain decent and productive work, in conditions of freedom, equity, security and human dignity,' as the Report of the Director General has stated."

The permanent observer called on States to ratify the Consolidated Maritime Labor Convention which, if "implemented effectively at the national level, will bring great benefits to the lives of millions of people over time, and be an example of good practice to the whole industrialized world."

Archbishop Tomasi addresses question of maritime work (Vatican Information Service 25/2/06)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Apostleship of the Sea Australia
Stella Maris Seafarers' Centre, Melbourne

Church welcomes convention to protect seafarers (Independent Catholic News 23/2/06)
ILO Opens Conference, Maritime Session (Maritime Linke 9/2/06)
ILO adopts sweeping new charter for maritime sector (China Economic Net 24/2/06)

28 Feb 2006