August, 2014 – Day of the Seafarer 2014

As the world celebrates the Day of the Seafarer 2014 and pays tribute to their dedication and contribution to global trade, MPHRP and its partners also remember the 38 seafarers and fishers still held hostage by Somali pirates and those that are increasingly being attacked in the Gulf of Guinea, the Straits of Malacca and elsewhere. MPHRP chair Peter Swift said “Following the successful release earlier this month of 11 seafarers from the MV Albedo after 1288 days in captivity and the joyous reunions with their families, we remember today those that are still held hostage in Somalia, all of whom have been held for more than two years – some for over four years, and the terrible ordeal and hardship that they and their families back home are suffering.” He continued “we encourage all stakeholders to do everything possible in their power to secure their prompt release and to support and assist them and their families.”