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HRC to monitor outcomes of foreign charter vessels inquiry

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HRC to monitor outcomes of foreign charter vessels inquiry

The Human Rights Commission welcomes the recommendations set out in the Report of the Ministerial Inquiry into the use and operation of Foreign Charter Vessels today.

Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner Dr Judy McGregor said it was heartening to see that the Code of Practice covering the working conditions of foreign crews fishing in New Zealand waters would be tightened and that companies would now need to establish they were compliant with the updated code.

"The Government will need to work through the impact of the recommendations, and the Commission can provide expertise and advice to help inform future decisions," she said.

The Commission would work with fellow national human rights institutions in South Korea and Indonesia to maintain a watching brief on the outcomes of the ministerial inquiry.

Dr McGregor said," Information and perspectives from national human rights institutions in the Asia Pacific region helped inform the Commission's submission to the inquiry and we are pleased that the inquiry panel has listened to what we had to say."

She said the Commission would maintain a watching brief on the welfare and working conditions of crews working on foreign charter vessels. "These individuals should be treated fairly. We also need to bear in mind, as the inquiry has done, the harm that can be done to New Zealand's hard-won reputation as a champion of human rights."

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