Our Latest Work

Download hard-hitting Case Studies of our advocacy and investigation work, documenting human rights abuses at sea globally.

 

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Download free Educational Materials give a clear understanding of rights, including labour rights & an introduction to human rights.

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Download our latest Publications, Open letters, Policy Documents and legal research papers from the Legal Research Programme.

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Newsroom

The latest news & social media from Human Rights at Sea

We undertake Independent Research, Investigation and Advocacy

Our objective independent research into maritime human rights issues includes Publications, a Legal Research Programme, separate International Projects linked a host of free resources.

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We publish Case Studies of human rights abuses, support investigation through the EyeWitness at Sea app, and manage the global Missing Seafarers and Fishers Reporting Programme.

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Our advocacy projects include the International Maritime Human Rights (IMHR) conference, support for the LGBT+ community, resources, videos  & free educational materials.

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Independent Research

Publications

We deliver unique Publications on key matters covering the topic of Human Rights at Sea to support understanding of the issues involved. Free to download and use.

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Legal Research Programme

A public platform for Seafarers, Fishers and Students to showcase their academic work tackling pertinent issues that are important to our charity.

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International Projects

In partnership with other organisations we undertake discreet International Projects in areas such as slavery, piracy, and childrens' rights.

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Investigation

Investigative Case Studies

We issue hard-hitting Case Studies on key issues and topics covering the topic of Human Rights at Sea. We ensure that the facts are told and the case profiles are publicly maintained. Free to download and use.

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Missing Seafarer & Fishers Reporting Programme

Our flagship programme is building an international database detailing the status of seafarers and fishers missing at sea globally.

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eyeWitness at Sea App

The collaboration between eyeWitness and Human Rights at Sea empowers seafarers to record and report violations occurring at sea and help hold accountable the people responsible for these abuses.

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Advocacy

LGTBI+ and Gender at Sea

The importance of a gender perspective is increasing in recognition, profile and application across the maritime environment. Human Rights at Sea is tackling the Gender and LGBT+ issue.

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Read More about our LGBTI+ Advocacy Work

Free Resources and Educational Materials

Access our free resources, including publications for download, a library of useful links and organisations, and our archive of documents, presentations, and videos.

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“Over the past year Human Rights at Sea has successfully brought fundamental seafarers’ rights issues to the attention of a wider audience than ever before.  The detailed list of achievements from David Hammond and his small but very dedicated team is impressive by any standards, bringing home the scale of the worldwide problem and shining a light on some of the darkest aspects of maritime life.  Ongoing support from Seafarers UK continues to play a part in the development of welcome new HRAS initiatives, alongside essential maintenance of key projects such as the Missing Seafarers & Fishers Reporting Programme.  Sadly, the need is undiminished for seafarers’ human rights to be respected wherever they may sail, and we would encourage others to join us in support of increased investment in the vital work of HRAS in 2018.”

Commodore Barry Bryant CVO RN

Director General, Seafarers UK

  “HRAS provided the European Maritime Law Annual conference participants with a timely reminder of the human cost of not supporting human rights at sea and we ignore them at our peril.”

Sarah Murray

European Maritime Law Organisation

“HFW is delighted that the work of Human Rights at Sea has been recognised through the achievement of registered charity status. Having worked with HRAS from its inception, we fully support its aims and believe that recognition by the Charity Commission is a true reflection of the hard work and dedication of those involved in progressing this important cause. We look forward to supporting HRAS through the next stage of their development.”

Holman Fenwick Willan LLP

“The Nautical Institute is delighted to hear that Human Rights at Sea has achieved charitable status in the UK. We are sure that this not only confirms that a sound governance structure has been put in place to underpin their work on behalf of seafarers but that it will also assist the industry in supporting their important work financially. It is a sad but undeniable fact that seafarers continue to be unjustly criminalised for bona fide accidents in the course of their essential work for society and the world economy and to be denied shore leave in some countries, so the support HRAS provides to them is essential and The Nautical Institute looks forward to working with them to address these issues.”

Philip Wake OBE

Former Chief Executive, The Nautical Institute

‘This year we have been delighted to partner with the organisation ‘Human Rights at Sea’ as one of the projects upon which our students in our Human Rights Law Clinic worked. The Human Rights Law Clinic enables students, both undergraduate and postgraduate, to team with an external organisation and practitioners, to carry out research for them which will be of benefit in their work. It provides the students with real-life practical application of their developing legal knowledge and gives them an opportunity to enhance their legal research and analytical skills. The students benefit enormously from the work and have found it stimulating and enjoyable’.

 

Professor Rachel Murray

Professor of International Human Rights Law; Director of the Human Rights Implementation Centre (HRIC)

‘This year we have been delighted to partner with the organisation ‘Human Rights at Sea’ as one of the projects upon which our students in our Human Rights Law Clinic worked. The Human Rights Law Clinic enables students, both undergraduate and postgraduate, to team with an external organisation and practitioners, to carry out research for them which will be of benefit in their work. It provides the students with real-life practical application of their developing legal knowledge and gives them an opportunity to enhance their legal research and analytical skills. The students benefit enormously from the work and have found it stimulating and enjoyable’.

 

Professor Rachel Murray

Professor of International Human Rights Law; Director of the Human Rights Implementation Centre (HRIC)

“The Nautical Institute is delighted to hear that Human Rights at Sea has achieved charitable status in the UK. We are sure that this not only confirms that a sound governance structure has been put in place to underpin their work on behalf of seafarers but that it will also assist the industry in supporting their important work financially. It is a sad but undeniable fact that seafarers continue to be unjustly criminalised for bona fide accidents in the course of their essential work for society and the world economy and to be denied shore leave in some countries, so the support HRAS provides to them is essential and The Nautical Institute looks forward to working with them to address these issues.”

Philip Wake OBE

Former Chief Executive, The Nautical Institute

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