Independent Research, Investigation and Advocacy for Maritime Human Rights
We regularly publish case studies of human rights abuses within maritime and have support investigation through our EyeWitness at sea app, and missing seafarers and fishers reporting scheme.
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The latest from Human Rights at Sea
- World Refugee Day 2018 – Human Rights at Sea Statement
- HRAS shortlisted for the 2018 Safety at Sea Awards
- Conference and Call for Papers: The EU as a Global Actor in Maritime Security
- NGO Shipbreaking Platform Publishes Annual Report 2017
- Greenpeace East Asia report documents human rights abuses in Taiwan's international fishing fleet
- Dr Sofia Galani on Piracy: the Human Rights and (wrongs); Interview for the Navigate Response
- Legal action before the ECtHR against Italy over its coordination of Libyan Coast Guard pull-backs resulting in migrant deaths and abuse
- Update on Shipbreaking in South Asia from the NGO Shipbreaking Platform
- Court of Cassation Rome decides against the release of SAR vessel IUVENTA of Jugend Rettet E.V.
- HRAS Supports the 23rd HR & Crew Management Summit
- Op-Ed by F R Chowdhury: International Shipping: Changing Patterns and Phases; good or bad?
- International Labour Rights Forum (ILRF) Job Opening: Senior Campaign Coordinator
- ITF Calls for Federal Investigation into Missing Seafarer Case on board of Galloway Express
- HRAS deeply concerned with the latest developments in the central Mediterranean and the seizure of Proactive Open Arms vessel
- HRAS launches second International Maritime Human Rights Conference (IMHR) 2018 on ‘Maritime Business and Human Rights’.
“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
“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.”
“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.”