HRAS establishes independent human rights investigation into the murder of seafarers in international waters


HRAS announces the commencement of its own international investigation into the murders of seafarers in international waters.

HRAS is being supported by the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) of the International Chamber of Commerce, Quintel Intelligence, Globus Intelligence as part of the Globus Foundation, the New Zealand Slave Free Seas NGO and southern hemisphere academics.

HRAS Founder, David Hammond stated that: “Since the public airing of the YouTube footage showing the murder of the seafarers in international waters, HRAS has been contacted by a number of international entities requesting information, advice and engagement in this matter. HRAS has, through its international network of supporting partners and its own Maritime Investigation Service, the capability to engage in such an investigation of what amounts to gross human rights abuses”.

HRAS will additionally provide Interpol with any applicable intelligence and evidence gained on a case by case basis and as requested.

Quintel-logo-final-RGBQuintel said this afternoon “Quintel Intelligence are working with HRAS to establish the facts surrounding the summary killing at sea international investigation. We have identified multiple avenues to develop the intelligence picture allowing HRAS to launch a thorough investigation into the incident”.

ICC-ICs primaryLogoThe ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB) is a specialised division of the International Chamber Of Commerce (ICC). The IMB is a non-profit making organisation, established in 1981 to act as a focal point in the fight against all types of maritime crime and malpractice. The International Maritime Organization (IMO) in it’s resolution A 504 (XII) (5) and (9) adopted on 20 November 1981, has inter alia, urged governments, all interests and organisations to cooperate and exchange information with each other and the IMB with a view to maintaining and developing a co-ordinated action in combating maritime fraud. The IMB has a MOU with the World Customs Organization (WCO) and has observer status with Interpol (ICPO).

SFS Logo smallSlave Free Seas is a team of the world’s foremost experts on modern slavery, including international lawyers specialising in human rights and maritime law, world-leading academics, and advocates from the private sector. Slave Free Seas has the expertise and global legal resources to implement jurisdiction-specific strategies to identify tainted supply chains; promote accountability and ensure that victims are provided remedies for the harms committed against them. Slave Free Seas began with the ongoing transformation of the New Zealand fishing industry. Our involvement has included legal advocacy and prosecution, looking after crew welfare, advocacy for legislative change, awareness raising, and research. Our current focus is the development, in partnership with LexisNexis and other groups, of a global legal toolbox that can be used by groups in any jurisdiction to achieve justice for victims of human trafficking for forced labour at sea. Our purposes are to end the impunity of those who are exploiting seafarers and secure justice for victims of slavery and forced labour at sea.

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