NHRC’s Step to Help Stranded Indian Sailors in China

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) recently took suo moto action by taking cognizance of the condition of the stranded sailors near Chinese ports. NHRC asked the External Affairs Ministry to make sure that immediate relief is provided to the members of stranded ships.

Key Points

  • After this suo moto cognizance of NHRC, India has requested China to provide immediate help to the crew of stranded cargo vessels, MV Anastasia and MV Jag Anand.
  • There is a total of 39 crew members on both vessels.
  • Due to pandemic, Chinese rules do not allow the change of crew.
  • China has expressed a willingness to provide assistance to the sailors.
  • MV Jag Anand is stranded near the Jingtang port of China since June 13, 2020. The cargo has 23 sailors.
  • MV Anastasia is stranded near Caofeidian port since 13th September 2020. It has 16 crew members.
  • As per the reports, the crew members of the ships need water and medical facilities. There is enough food but contaminated water is leading to infections among the crew members.

National Human Rights Commission (NHRC)

It is a statutory body of India responsible for the protection and promotion of human rights. It was founded in the year 1993. It achieved statutory status through the Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993.

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