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Date updated : 15-Dec-2016

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Serial rights offender Citra Mina responsible for yet another death

Continued rights abuses by the Citra Mina Group, the Philippine's second-largest tuna exporter, have resulted in another worker death. In May and June this year, two Citra Mina fishing vessels were detained in Indonesian waters for illegal fishing. Following an established pattern of dispatching fishing crews across international borders without documentation or permits and abandoning them when they are arrested or detained, Citra Mina refused to assist or to repatriate the crew members. One of the detained crew members died in detention on July 11. Action by the IUF and our affiliate SENTRO secured the return of 177 crew members in August, but the company left the captain of its vessel, Wilfredo Estampa, to be held solely responsible and imprisoned despite a severe illness.

Captain Wilfredo died on November 7 as a result of his illness. Now the company has rejected appeals from his family to repatriate his body.

Citra Mina is a repeat human rights offender which refuses to take responsibility or be held to account for its gross abuses. Use the form below to tell Citra Mina to facilitate the repatriation of Captain Wilfredo's body to the Philippines, compensate the crew members it trafficked and abandoned, and respect the human rights of its workers.

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To Jake Lu, Citra Mina Group of Companies

Dear Mr. Lu,

I am outraged to learn of your company's refusal to assist with the repatriation of the body of Wilfredo Estampa, the captain of a vessel sent by Citra Mina to fish in Indonesian waters without permission or documentation. Sending vessels and crews across international borders without permits or documentation is an act of human trafficking; abandoning these workers and their captain is an act of criminal negligence; and refusal to help repatriate the body of Captain Wilfredo an act of deliberate cruelty. I call on you and your company to act immediately to facilitate the repatriation of Captain Wilfredo's body to the Philippines, compensate the crew members for their suffering and time in detention and negotiate in good faith with the United workers of Citra Mina Group Companies Union to ensure recognition and respect for the rights of all workers within the Citra Mina Group and its system.

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