Labour Disputes and Power imbalances in the Taiwanese Fishing Industry

London. UK. Following recent advocacy work aimed at achieving ongoing improvements in the working conditions and protections for all fishers in the Taiwanese fishing industry, Human Rights at Sea today issues a new evidential case study. Highlighting the worrying power imbalance between migrant fishers, recruitment and manning agencies resulting in poor welfare support, the...

UK Fisheries Sector Human Rights and Social Welfare Baseline Project gets underway

London. UK. The first stage of the inaugural UK Fisheries Sector Human Rights and Social Welfare Baseline Project has started as part of new joint work between Human Rights at Sea and The Fishermen's Mission. Human Rights at Sea has been variously asked if there is a need for such an assessment in terms...

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre launches new web portal recording Pacific Human Rights abuses

London.UK. The Business and Human Rights Resource Centre (BHRRC) has launched a new web portal covering the Pacific region. The new platform was announced at the Geneva based UN Forum on Business and Human Rights forum 'Advancing the BHR Agenda in the Pacific' with the aim to bring the broad range of Pacific business and human...

Bangladesh Supreme Court denounces illegalities and lack of transparency in shipbreaking sector

On 14 November, the High Court Division of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh declared the import, beaching and breaking of the infamous FPSO North Sea Producer illegal. The judgment was issued in a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by NGO Shipbreaking Platform member organisation Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA). The Court further noted with...

Taiwanese Executive Yuan expresses support for Human Rights at Sea

London. UK. / Taipei. Taiwan. On invitation, Human Rights at Sea has met with the Taiwanese Executive Yuan during several rounds of wider meetings last week in the capital Taipei concerning the work of the charity in Asia and development of the soft-law Geneva Declaration on Human Rights at Sea....

Taiwanese social welfare NGO working with Human Rights at Sea

Taipei, Taiwan. Today in Taipei, the charitable NGOs Human Rights at Sea and the Catholic faith-based NGO Rerum Novarum Social Service Center of the Society of Jesus met to discuss respective work and projects related to victims of human rights abuses and available social services in support of migrant fishermen amongst other peoples and...

Labour Abuse: Taiwanese Fisheries Human Rights Baseline Study Published

London, UK. Human Rights at Sea publishes a new baseline study in relation to the Taiwanese coastal and deep water fishing industry responding to ongoing field reporting of systemic human rights abuses for national and migrant crews despite current efforts to curb abuse reflecting international human rights and fisheries standards....

Indian National Human Rights Commission engages with Human Rights at Sea

New Delhi, India. This week during a series of regional State-level outreach engagements, Human Rights at Sea was invited by the Indian National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to engage in discussions on the future of human rights protections within the Indian Sub-Continent across the Indian regional maritime and business-related space....

World Mental Health Day: Mindfulness for the Maritime Industry

London, UK.  The 10th October is World Mental Health Day with this year's focus being on suicide prevention. Today, Human Rights at Sea in partnership with author and mental health coach, Gillian Higgins, publishes a briefing note outlining her background to developing mindfulness, steps that you can take and some associated resources available....

From Mare Liberum to Mare Legitimum: In Pursuit of Safe and Secure Seas

London. UK. Professor Steven Haines, Professor of Public International Law University of Greenwich and Trustee of Human Rights at Sea presented at the NATO Maritime Operational Law Conference at the Spanish Armed Forces Higher Defence College (CESEDEN), Madrid, on the 24th September 2019. The following highlights the context and scope of his speech....

International Human Rights Law proposed amendments for new UN Oceans Treaty

London. UK. Human Rights at Sea today publishes a short independent legal briefing note on proposed legal amendments to the draft agreement under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction to include International Human Rights Law....

Italian authorities allow the Ocean Viking to disembark 182 survivors in Italy

Central Mediterranean. On Sunday evening, the Ocean Viking, a humanitarian rescue ship chartered by SOS MEDITERRANEE and operated in partnership with Médecins sans Frontières (MSF), received instructions from the Maritime Rescue Coordination Center (MRCC) of Rome to proceed to Messina, Italy, to disembark 182 people rescued at sea....

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