Ending Exploitative Recruitment Fees for Seafarers and Fishers

London.UK. “These misleading and exploitative recruitment practices by some labour recruiters and overseas employment agencies are a continued blight on raising social welfare and human rights standards in the global maritime sector”. Human Rights at Sea today publishes its latest briefing note on exploitative recruitment fees in the maritime sector and calls for an...

SAFETY4SEA Interviews HRAS on Industry Awareness of Human Rights at Sea

London, UK. Human Rights at Sea CEO was interviewed by SAFETY4SEA for their end-of-year Opinion piece covering industry's wider engagement with the concept and development of Human Rights at Sea. "2019 was a milestone year for addressing human rights at sea since the first version of the inaugural 'Geneva Declaration on Human Rights at...

Basel Parliamentary Grand Council votes positively for Geneva Declaration on Human Rights at Sea

Press Release 16th December 2019 London. UK. Following last months’ successful vote in Basel, Switzerland, for official recognition and signing of the Geneva Declaration on Human Rights at Sea, the charity is able to highlight the official records relating to the decision which was in favour of the proposed motion to support the charity’s...

Geneva Declaration on Human Rights at Sea on-line platform launched on World Human Rights Day

London. UK.The 10thof December is World Human Rights Day. This is the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and is a key date in the calendar for human rights defenders to profile their valuable, challenging and often dangerous work helping to uphold and develop human rights provisions,...

Concern for missing Second Officer from Singapore flagged THALASSA PATRIS IMO 9665607

Press Release 9th December 2019 London. UK. Human Rights at Sea has been contacted by the UMTUF Union, Odessa, Ukraine requesting support to the family of Ukrainian missing seafarer Second Officer Maslov Vladyslav on the Singapore flagged vessel THALASSA PATRIS by highlighting the case. Available details to date state that the Second Officer was lost apparently overboard...

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....

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