Abandoned Indian Seafarer Family Statement on behalf of Chief Engineer Gorropotu Venkatarao

Press Release 13th March 2019 Abandonment. A Pattern of Human Rights Abuse. “My Uncle is a strong man, but he does not have any hope left. His only hope has been to stay sane and to get back some of the wages that are owed to him to take home.” London UK. Following the...

Indian Government engages in Human Rights at Sea debate

Press Release 1st March 2019 Mumbai, India. Yesterday, 28 February 2019, at the Leela Hotel, Mumbai, the inaugural national-level seminar on ‘Human Rights at Sea’ was held by the Forum for Integrated National Security (FINS) think-tank with Indian Government engagement. This was the first time that a State has recognised and been engaged in...

Indian Seafarers abandoned offshore Namibia threaten suicide over unpaid wages

PRESS RELEASE 29 January 2019 “Save me from the mental agony I am going through” Chandra Rakesh Singh Negi, MV HALANI I crew member London. UK. Human Rights at Sea publishes its latest detailed case study with personal statements from a group of abandoned seafarers in Walvis Bay, Namibia. Eight Indian seafarers have been...

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 16  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

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...

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