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Indonesia seeks UN protection after deaths on Chinese fishing ships

Lawyers for three Indonesia fisherman who died allege widespread abuses

An Indonesian Navy vessel, left, inspects a  Chinese-flagged fishing ship in 2016.   © Reuters

JAKARTA -- Indonesia has urged the United Nations Human Rights Council to be vigilant of abusive practices in the fisheries industry, its U.N. mission said Tuesday, after the bodies of three Indonesian fishermen were thrown overboard from Chinese fishing vessels in recent months.

"Indonesia underlines the urgent need for the council to protect the rights of vulnerable groups, specifically the rights of people working in the fisheries sector," said Hasan Kleib, the Indonesian ambassador to the U.N. in Geneva, according to a release issued by the mission.

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