Human Rights at Sea (HRAS) has said there have been no reported human rights violations by the Maltese flag state — but there there were still "pressing issues".

The HRAS 2020 Flag States and Human Rights Report said: "There is room for improvement in terms of clear reporting and complaints mechanisms to be made available for seafarers.”

Researchers found that India’s performance had improved each year since it adopted appropriate policy measures but there is still cause for concern.