Iraq ratified Convention No. 185, including provisions for the issuance of seafarers’ identity documents as well as facilitation of shore leave and transit and transfer of seafarers, ILO informed.
n 21 May 2021, Ambassador Abdul Karim Hashim Mostafa, Permanent Representative of Iraq, presented the instruments of ratification for the Seafarers’ Identity Documents Convention (Revised), 2003, as amended (No. 185) to the ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder.
It is with great pleasure that I welcome Iraq among the States parties to Convention No. 185. This ratification strengthens Iraq’s commitment to ensuring decent working and living conditions for seafarers by facilitating their rights to shore leave, transit and transfer. The vital importance of these elements for seafarers’ general well-being has clearly been exposed during the crisis currently faced by the maritime sector as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic,
…stated Mr. Ryder on the occasion.
On the same day, Iraq ratified the Safety and Health in Agriculture Convention, 2001 (No. 184) and, on depositing the instruments of ratification, Ambassador Abdul Karim Hashim Mostafa stated:
These two Conventions, ratified by the Council of Representative of the Republic of Iraq, will play a crucial role in promoting the Iraqi labour market in both the agricultural and maritime sectors. As of today, the Republic of Iraq has ratified 70 Conventions, including the eight fundamental Conventions. We will continue our endeavours to ratify and implement ILO standards, as we aim to address gaps in the labour market and to defend workers’ interests, as a major pillar of the Iraqi economy.
Convention No 185 will enter into force for Iraq on 21 November 2021.