Initiated and conceived in February 2019 by Founder and CEO, David Hammond as a response to the ongoing systematic abuse of human rights at sea globally, the Geneva Declaration on Human Rights at Sea brings together existing international law into one document.
The Geneva Declaration gives practical guidance to states on how to ensure that human rights abuses at sea are detected, remedied, and ultimately ended. We are now working with individual states and the UN to promote the adoption of the Declaration.
Human rights are universal; they apply at sea, as they do on land.
All persons at sea, without any distinction, are entitled to their human rights.
There are no maritime specific reasons for denying human rights at sea.
All human rights established under both treaty and customary international law must be respected at sea.