close
This ad will auto close in 10 seconds

Maritime unions ask UN to tackle piracy

Leaders of international maritime trade unions have written a letter to the UN, urging the organisation to take action against increasing attacks by pirates on civilian vessels.



Moscow: Leaders of international maritime trade unions have written a letter to the UN, urging the organisation to take action against increasing attacks by pirates on civilian vessels.

Somali pirates pose a significant threat in the Gulf of Aden and the Arabian Sea, where they have robbed and seized numerous vessels. Some shipping firms have started hiring armed security personnel to protect their ships.

Nikolai Sukhanov, chairman of the Russian Professional Union of Sailors, said: "Cases of sailors` abductions by pirates continue. Representatives of the fisheries committees with the International Transport Federation voice concern that sailors are still objected to humiliation and injuries as they are abducted by pirates."

"Unfortunately, ransom is still the only guarantee for a safe liberation of sailors, but trade union leaders note that some countries want to prohibit paying ransom," he said.

If payment of ransom for the release of captured sailors is ruled as illegal, it would lead to unpredictable consequences and jeopardize the lives of sailors.

IANS

From Zee News

0 Comment - Join the Discussions

trending

photo gallery

video


WION FEATURES

Video: Suspected Kashmiri militants play cricket with AK47 as wicket

Nice, France: A year later, through the eyes of a Muslim

Top 5 inventions from Israel (Tech check)

Judaism, India's oldest foreign religion

Vegetarian beef farmer puts cows to pasture

Disabled dogs in Taiwan get hot new wheels