Shipping Industry calls on Governments to address migrants at sea crisis

12 December 2014 Speaking at a high level Dialogue on Protection at Sea, hosted by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Geneva, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has called on governments to address the growing refugee and migrant crisis in the Mediterranean. ICS Secretary General, Peter Hinchliffe, remarked: “The shipping...

The Law Society of England and Wales joins HRAS as a Supporting Entity

Human Rights at Sea is delighted to be able to announce that the Law Society of England and Wales has agreed to become a Supporting Entity of the HRAS initiative and its human rights work in the maritime sector. HRAS Founder, David Hammond, said: “Receiving this superb news from Sarah Smith,     the Law Society’s Human Rights...

Joint Statement on Protection at Sea in the Twenty-First Century

      Joint Statement on Protection at Sea in the Twenty-First Century We are deeply concerned about the loss of life, injury, trauma and serious human rights violations affecting migrants, asylum-seekers and refugees traveling by sea. The situation is stretching rescue and reception infrastructure, as well as coast guard and navy resources, and affecting international...

UNHCR, IOM, IMO, UNODC and OHCHR Joint Statement on Protection at Sea in the Twenty-First Century

UNHCR, IOM, IMO, UNODC and OHCHR Joint Statement on Protection at Sea in the Twenty-First Century 10 December 2014 We are deeply concerned about the loss of life, injury, trauma and serious human rights violations affecting migrants, asylum-seekers and refugees traveling by sea. The situation is stretching rescue and reception infrastructure, as well as...

Human Rights Watch – Thailand: Don’t Supply Prisoners to Fishing Boats

For Immediate Release Thailand: Don’t Supply Prisoners to Fishing Boats  End Pervasive Abuse in Fishery Sector (New York, December 11, 2014) – Thailand’s military government should cancel a plan to encourage prisoners to work on fishing boats given the widespread abuses in the Thai fishery sector, Human Rights Watch said today. On December 4,...

The success of the Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS)

    MOAS – MIGRANT OFFSHORE AID STATION   A Story to tell by Elizabeth Mavropoulou Introduction Most people will remember the immense tragedy following the shipwreck of a boat carrying 500 migrants, most of them Eritreans and Somalis, from Africa to Europe that sank off the southern Italian island of Lampeduza, taking with...

ICS responds to migrant crisis with guidelines for large scale rescue operations at sea

  ICS RESPONDS TO MIGRANT CRISIS WITH GUIDELINES FOR LARGE SCALE RESCUE OPERATIONS AT SEA In response to the continuing crisis in the Mediterranean, necessitating commercial ships to rescue tens of thousands of migrants and refugees during 2014, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has published new Guidance on Large Scale Rescue Operations at...

HRAS welcomes Seafarers Rights International new ‘App’ for seafarers

NEW APP FROM SEAFARERS’ RIGHTS INTERNATIONAL PROVIDES A LIFELINE FOR SEAFARERS Seafarers facing legal problems can now obtain immediate information concerning their rights, wherever they are in the world, with a new app formally launched by Seafarers’ Rights International (SRI) after three months of user testing. Deirdre Fitzpatrick, Executive Director of SRI said: “Seafarers...

Human Rights at Sea receives Seafarers UK funding for flagship ‘Missing Seafarers & Fishers Reporting Programme’

PRESS RELEASE 3 December 2014 Seafarers UK funding kick-starts development of an international register of missing seafarers David Hammond (left), founder of Human Rights at Sea meets Barry Bryant, Director General, Seafarers UK   Seafarers UK is pleased to announce a grant in support of Human Rights at Sea (HRAS), a not-for-profit resource for...

Cargo Security Intelligence HRAS Article – November 2014 Edition

  Cargo Security Intelligence article covering HRAS development can be found HERE Reproduced with kind permission. Cargo Security Intelligence offers an incisive and dynamic approach to news gathering and feature writing on cargo security and safety within the challenging and technologically innovative maritime and port environments. CSI MAGAZINE This authoritative journal is essential reading...

Law Society Annual Human Rights conference 10 December 2014 – London

Annual Human Rights conference 2014  Human Rights at Sea is pleased to be engaged with the Law Society of England and Wales for their Annual Human Rights conference to be held in London on 10 December 2014. HRAS Founder, David Hammond, will be contributing to the afternoon discussion covering Modern Slavery in the context of slavery...

The Fishermen’s Mission joins Human Rights at Sea as a Supporting Entity expanding the HRAS message into the fishing community

The Fishermen’s Mission has joined the Human Rights at Sea initiative as the latest Supporting Entity and partner in advancing human rights provisions and awareness on behalf of both the UK fishing industry and world-wide where able. HRAS Founder, David Hammond said: “The support of the UK fishing community through The Fishermen’s Mission means that...

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