Missing Seafarers & Fishers Reporting Programme Updated

PRESS RELEASE 11th November 2018 UK. London. The flagship programme for the Human Rights at Sea charity, the Missing Seafarers and Fishers Reporting Programme, has been updated and the website refreshed to ensure easier and more efficient use. The charity has been running the Programme since 2015, during which time individual cases have been...

UK Anti Slavery Day – 18 October 2018

Press Release  Thursday 18 October 2018 Immediate London.UK. Today, Thursday 18th of October is Anti-Slavery Day in the UK.  While many may think slavery is a thing of the past, modern slavery is estimated to be a £115 billion industry. Human trafficking is an intertwined issue with modern slavery, with the ILO estimating 21 million...

HRAS enables Ethiopian Chief Officer to return home with wages paid

PRESS RELEASE 17th October 2018 London. UK. Human Rights at Sea is pleased to report the successful repatriation of an Ethiopian Chief Officer with outstanding wages owed which have now been paid in full after direct, but polite intervention by the charity. The case was led by HRAS Iranian intern, Sayedeh Hajar Hejazi. The charity...

Manning Agents & UK Fisheries Supply Chain Investigative Report & Case Study of Non-EEA crew from the Philippines

Press Release Immediate London.UK. Human Rights at Sea has published a new case study exploring the issue of Philippine manning agencies supplying Non-EEA crew to the UK Fisheries industry and the issues this raises in terms of transparency of practice, due diligence to assure welfare safeguards for crew, and the necessary safeguards required to...

Human Rights at Sea and Stop Illegal Fishing announce collaboration to raise awareness of human rights protections on fishing vessels

Press Release 31st August 2018 London.UK. Human Rights at Sea and the Botswana-based African NGO Stop Illegal Fishing (SIF) have entered into  a mutually supporting collaborative partnership to continue to maintain and raise the global narrative on illegal fishing activities which include promoting human rights protections against abuses of crew. Stop Illegal Fishing works to...

Family of Chennai 6 crew member thank Human Rights at Sea

PRESS RELEASE 26 August 2018 London.UK. The family of one of the British maritime security guards held in Chennai prison, India, during the four year Seaman Guard Ohio case which started in October 2013, has thanked the charity for their work alongside many other organisations, State authorities and individuals who collectively supported their prolonged...

Call to Action to Maltese Authorities to allow disembarkation of 40 migrants stranded onboard offshore supply vessel

Press Release Thursday 20 July 2018 London.UK. Six days ago, a boat carrying 40 people in distress, including two pregnant women, who sought asylum and protection in Europe had entered the Maltese Search and Rescue (SAR) zone. The migrant boat was denied entry into Malta.  The fact that the migrant boat had reached Malta SAR...

HRAS Case Study Seafarers’ Abandonment on Kish Island, Iran – A practice of Human Rights Abuses?

Press Release Tuesday 17 July 2018 London.UK. Human Rights at Sea has published a case study that sheds light into alleged labour abusive practices and seafarers’ abandonment on Kish Island, in Iran. With evidence supplied by seafarers themselves, seventeen seafarers were allegedly left to face destitution on the island of Kish by their respective...

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HRAS Commentary on the ongoing central mediterranean situation

HRAS Commentary Monday 9 July 2018   “We could have done something,” – Taking the conscious political decision of leaving persons to drown or suffer from abuse London.UK. Corpses are discovered on Northern African shores, over 600 persons are now missing and feared dead because they embarked on the journey of the deadliest crossing in...

Concerning allegations over maritime recruitment practices and human rights abuses in India

HRAS Press Release Sunday 1 July 2018 LONDON.UK.Human Rights at Sea is concerned over allegations that came into light from seafarers on maritime recruitment practices in India that amount to modern slavery. Young seafarers are taking out loans to pay for courses, which promise lucrative jobs and earnings without those courses to have any...

Greenpeace East Asia report documents human rights abuses in Taiwan's international fishing fleet

Press Release London. UK. New evidence released today links human rights abuses to Taiwan’s international fishing fleet, including major seafood trader Fong Chun Formosa Fishery Company (FCF). This has serious implications for its global supply chains, and exposes the ongoing failure of the Taiwan government’s approach to address human trafficking and labor abuse. In the Greenpeace...

Legal action before the ECtHR against Italy over its coordination of Libyan Coast Guard pull-backs resulting in migrant deaths and abuse

Press Release 8 May 2018 London. Italy’s collaboration with Libya to stop migrants and asylum seekers reaching Europe is facing a legal challenge over allegations that it has led to grave human rights violations against those crossing the Mediterranean, including torture and slavery. Seventeen survivors of a fatal incident in which a boat carrying migrants...

New Zealand Supreme Court Decision aides Indonesian Fishermen’s Pursuit of Justice

  Human Rights at Sea strongly applauds the ongoing work by New Zealand lawyer, Karen Harding, in securing the first stage of review of existing New Zealand legislation by the supreme Court which has given a lifeline to Indonesian fishermen seeking an effective remedy against their former South Korean employers for unpaid wages and...

NGO Shipbreaking Platform Publishes List of Ships Dismantled Worldwide Revealing Human Rights Abuses

  PRESS RELEASE 20 January 2018 Brussels, 20 January 2018. The NGO Shipbreaking Platform publishes today its list of ships dismantled worldwide in 2017 in tidal beaches of South East Asia revealing the shipping industry’s irresponsible shipbreaking practices and a series of human rights and labour abuses, including loss of life, at shipbreaking yards....

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