Independent Research, Investigation and Advocacy for Maritime Human Rights

Our objective independent research into maritime human rights issues includes legal research, international projects, and a host of publications.

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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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Our advocacy projects include the world's first maritime international human rights conference, support for the LGBT+ community, and resources and educational materials for everyone whose life is connected to the sea.

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Our free educational materials are designed to give you a clear understanding of your rights, including labour rights and an introduction to human rights.


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Download case studies of our advocacy and investigation work, documenting human rights abuses worldwide.

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Download our latest publications, open letters, policy documents and legal research.

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The latest from Human Rights at Sea

Independent Research


View our latest publications including our annual reports, legal research, guides and resources. All of our published work is available to download and distribute freely.

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Legal Research

A public platform for seafarers, fishers and students to showcase their academic work in support of tackling pertinent issues that are important to our charity.

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International Projects

View our ongoing projects to safeguard human rights at sea internationally, including our work in areas such as slavery, piracy, and childrens' rights.

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eyeWitness at Sea

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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Case Studies

We regularly compile and publish case studies of human rights abuses in the maritime sphere. All of our case studies are freely available for download and distribution.

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Missing Seafarer Reporting Scheme

Our flagship programme; through the use of the Missing Seafarer and Fisher Register is building an accurate international database detailing the status of seafarers and fishers missing at sea on a global basis.

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International Maritime Human Rights Conference

The second International Maritime Human Rights Conference will focus explicitly on addressing the issue of maritime human rights in relation to business and associated welfare issues throughout the maritime environment.

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LGTB+ 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 LGBT+ issue through its "Unlocking the issue, leading the discussion" campaign.

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Resources and education material

Access our 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

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