Protesters perform theatrical action during demonstration at Aspirasi Park in Central Jakarta last week. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Protesters Demand Protection of Indonesian Crew on Foreign Fishing Vessel

BY :YUDHA BASKORO

AUGUST 27, 2020

Jakarta. Non-governmental organization Greenpeace Indonesia and Indonesian Labor Union (SBMI) held a protest at Aspiration Park in front of the National Monument, Central Jakarta last Thursday. The protesters demand President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to immediately ratify a government regulation on the protection of the Indonesian crewman.

The protesters said this regulation should have been passed no later than November 2019, or two years after the House of Representatives passed the 2017 Law on Protection of Indonesian Migrant Workers.

The demonstrators staged a theatrical protest, bringing a coffin and wooden headstones carved with names of the crewman who had died at sea in the past five years. SBMI data showed that at least 11 crew members have died while working at foreign vessels during the period. Some of them were buried at sea. 

Also, as many as 338 crew members working on foreign fishing vessels have filed complaints about their work conditions, SBMI data showed. They reported wage non-payment, poor working conditions, excessive working hours, fraud, physical and sexual violence, all of which are among 11 forced labor indicators set by the International Labor Organization (ILO). 

Greenpeace Indonesia and Indonesian Labor Union (SBMI) protest at Aspiration Park in front of National Monument, Central Jakarta on Thursday (27/08). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Greenpeace Indonesia and Indonesian Labor Union (SBMI) protest at Aspiration Park in front of National Monument, Central Jakarta on Thursday (27/08). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A woman wears a tshirt that reads end modern slavery at sea during protest in Aspiration Park, Central Jakarta on Thursday (27/08). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A woman wears a tshirt that reads end modern slavery at sea during protest in Aspiration Park, Central Jakarta on Thursday (27/08). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A man carries a placard during protest at Aspiration Park in front of National Monument, Central Jakarta on Thursday (27/08). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A man carries a placard during protest at Aspiration Park in front of National Monument, Central Jakarta on Thursday (27/08). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Protesters carry coffin as they perform theatrical action during protest at Aspiration Park in front of National Monument, Central Jakarta on Thursday (27/08). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Protesters carry coffin as they perform theatrical action during protest at Aspiration Park in front of National Monument, Central Jakarta on Thursday (27/08). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A man wearing mask and face shield as he protests at Aspiration Park in front of National Monument, Central Jakarta on Thursday (27/08). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A man wearing mask and face shield as he protests at Aspiration Park in front of National Monument, Central Jakarta on Thursday (27/08). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A man bring placard that reads end modern slavery at sea during protest at Aspiration Park in front of National Monument, Central Jakarta on Thursday (27/08). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A man bring placard that reads end modern slavery at sea during protest at Aspiration Park in front of National Monument, Central Jakarta on Thursday (27/08). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A protester carry a headstone that reads a name of Indonesian crew who died on Chinese fishing vessel during protest at Aspiration Park in front of National Monument, Central Jakarta on Thursday (27/08). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A protester carry a headstone that reads a name of Indonesian crew who died on Chinese fishing vessel during protest at Aspiration Park in front of National Monument, Central Jakarta on Thursday (27/08). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A protesters carries a placard that reads stop Illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing in Indonesia during protest at Aspiration Park in front of National Monument, Central Jakarta on Thursday (27/08). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A protesters carries a placard that reads stop Illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing in Indonesia during protest at Aspiration Park in front of National Monument, Central Jakarta on Thursday (27/08). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

 

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