China fishing vessel safety workshop looks towards treaty ratification

Press Release 6th August 2019 London. UK. National workshop discussed China’s potential ratification and implementation of fisheries-related conventions, including IMO’s 2012 Cape Town Agreement (CTA), aimed at improving safety standards on fishing vessels, and the 1995 Standards on Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Fishing Vessel Personnel (STCW-F). ​Fisheries-related conventions...

Pacific Fisheries Abuses: Testimony of Fijian Fishing Widows, Mother and Sister

Press Release 24th July 2019 “He was stabbed with a knife below his heart by a Chinese crewman.” London. UK. In partnership with Fijian-based NGO, Pacific Dialogue, Human Rights at Sea publishes the fifth case study in the current series exposing the consequences and challenges for families of seafarers who have suffered and died as...

Iranian Ship Detentions: Time for updated Deprivation of Liberty at Sea Guidance

Press Release 22 July 2019 London. UK. Following the detention by Iranian Revolutionary Guard forces of the UK-flagged Stena Impero on Friday 19 July and the latest reported actions which have seen the 23 person crew taken off the ship for “questioning”, Human Rights at Sea renews its call for widely-accepted UN guidance outlining the...

Norwegian Flag and owners step up to support new humanitarian rescue vessel in Mediterranean

Press Release 22 July 2019 London, UK. The Norwegian Flag and Norwegian owners have stepped up to provide a new civil society humanitarian rescue vessel the Viking Ocean to be operated in the central Mediterranean reflecting a renewed joint partnership between SOS MEDITERRANEE and Doctors Without Borders (MSF) for the rescue of persons in distress at...

UN experts condemn criminalisation of migrant rescues and threats to the independence of judiciary

Press Release 18th July 2019 Reproduced Article. GENEVA (18 July 2019) – UN human rights experts* have expressed grave concern over the detention and criminal proceedings in Italy against the German captain of the migrant rescue vessel Sea-Watch 3, and stated that the threats to the judge who ruled her release were unlawful. “Rescuing...

India Driving National Human Rights at Sea Agenda

Press Release 15th July 2019 London, UK. The Indian Government and National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) are driving forward with the newly created ‘human rights at sea’ agenda in quick time following the first national seminar on the topic held in Mumbai on 28 February 2019, and last week’s historic NHRC meeting in New...

Wallem CEO takes firm line over abuse of seafarer human rights

Press Release 14th July 2019 “Investing in a company or building or trucks and planes is easy. You run out of money, the staff go home. In ships you simply walk away and leave the crew stranded.” Photo Credit: Wallem London. UK. The continued arrest and detainment without supplies of the 13 seafarers onboard...

OP-ED: Sea-Watch Captain freed. A victory for humanitarian rescue at sea.

OP-ED 5 July 2019 Photo credit: Reuters Geneva, Switzerland. Captain Carola Rackete has now been freed, but the European political controversy continues. The judicial decision delivered a much needed victory for both common-sense and humanitarian acts of rescue at sea, thereby setting a precedent to be reflected on for all vessel Captains and policy makers...

Abandoned seafarer podcast testimony to conditions endured on MV Tamim Aldar

Press Release 1 July 2019 London. UK. At the time of writing in a rapidly developing phase to the current matter which should herald the end of the abandonment of the remaining crew onboard the UAE flagged MV Tamim Aldar, the remaining four seafarers (two Indian, two Eritrean) are currently under tow back to...

HRAS deplores the arrest of Captain Carola Rackete

Press Release 29th June 2019 Photo Credit:Carola Rackete REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane London. UK. The arrest in the early hours this morning in the Italian port of Lampedusa of Carola Rackete, the German captain of the Dutch-flagged humanitarian rescue vessel, Sea-Watch 3, who defied the imposed ban to disembark migrants saved from a rubber dinghy off the coast of...

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