Thailand: First Court Hearing for Human Trafficking Case of Migrant Fishing Boat Workers

Press Release Trang Provincial Court Set First Court Hearing for Human Trafficking Case of  Migrant Fishing Boat Workers from Myanmar on 13 May 2016 Background On 21 October 2015, officers from the Anti-Human Trafficking Center, Department of Special Investigation (DSI) and local police officers plus civil society organizations have raided and rescued 11 Myanmar...

Press Release: Launch of new migrant film trailer ‘The Dead Sea’

PRESS RELEASE Launch of new migrant film trailer ‘The Dead Sea’ UK. 27 April 2016. Human Rights at Sea is delighted to be able to support the release of the new trailer for the forthcoming short film, ‘The Dead Sea‘, exploring the abuses suffered, privations and humanitarian issues for migrants travelling to Europe from North Africa. Often...

FINNWATCH: Serious gaps in social responsibility auditing schemes

PRESS RELEASE  – Public Serious gaps in social responsibility auditing schemes Finnwatch has today published a report comparing 16 social responsibility certification and auditing schemes used by companies that operate in Finland. Finnwatch criticised the schemes for ignoring workers’ views and for poor quality audits, shortcomings in transparency and the quality of criteria. The scheme...

Made in Taiwan: Government Failure and Illegal, Abusive and Criminal Fisheries

Greenpeace has released a new report. Made in Taiwan: Government Failure and Illegal, Abusive and Criminal Fisheries exposes human rights abuses, IUU fishing and endemic problems in Taiwan’s distant water fisheries, and outlines some of the failings we’ve observed with Taiwan’s Government and Fisheries Agency. The report is based on field investigations conducted in 2014...

Seaman Guard Ohio: “Foreign Mercenaries”

  Source: The Maritime Executive. Reproduced with permission. In an radio interview on BBC World Service news this week, a former Indian seafarer defended his country’s imprisonment of the men on board the armory vessel Seaman Guard Ohio with the defense that soldiers sail on naval ships not merchant ships. He said: “The police...

New infographics for eyeWitness at Sea Human Rights evidence gathering app

Human Rights at Sea is pleased to announce that the latest explanatory infographics detailing how the eyeWitness App for collecting picture and video evidence at sea can be downloaded and installed. It is now available in six languages: English, French, Russian, Portuguese, Spanish and Arabic. These can be downloaded from the Human Rights at Sea website’s...

Film Shows Horror of Mediterranean Migrant Crossings

  A film debuted at the 2016 Berlin film festival shows the bodies of migrants so tightly packed in the hold of a boat that they died of asphyxiation within hours of starting their voyage across the Mediterranean. Director Gianfranco Rosi’s says his two-hour documentary film “Fuocoammare” (Fire at Sea) “bears witness to a...

NGO Criticizes Maersk’s Ship Recycling Plan

By MarEx 2016-02-12 13:35:25 Shipbreaking at Alang (courtesy IMO) Ship recycling advocacy organization NGO Shipbreaking Platform issued a statement Friday strongly criticizing Maersk Group’s plan to send its vessels to Alang, India’s beaching shipbreakers, and to work with Alang’s yards to improve conditions. “Today, the majority of ships are dismantled and recycled at facilities on beaches....

Forced labour in Thai fishing: global unions lodge ILO complaint

  Forced labour in Thai fishing: global unions lodge ILO complaint The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) and the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) have today submitted a case to the International Labour Organization (ILO) against the government of Thailand. It relates to breaches of ILO Convention 29 on forced labour in the Thai...

Missing Seafarers & Fishers Reporting Programme fully mobile enabled

Missing Seafarers & Fishers Reporting Programme fully mobile enabled  PRESS RELEASE – Immediate Human Rights at Sea is pleased to announce that its Missing Seafarers & Fishers Reporting Programme online platform is now fully mobile enabled for all smart phones, tablets and mobile devices. This facility is a requirement for keeping pace with technological...

Australian Government sends Somali refugee rape victim back to Nauru detention facility

 Australian Government sends Somali refugee rape victim back to Nauru detention facility   “I was raped on Nauru.  I have been very sick.  I have never said that I did not want a termination.  I never saw a doctor.  I saw a nurse at a clinic but there was no counselling.  I saw a...

NGO Shipbreaking Platform publishes South Asia Quarterly Update #7

NGO Shipbreaking Platform publishes South Asia Quarterly Update #7 Brussels, 16 October 2015 – The NGO Shipbreaking Platform publishes today the seventh South Asia Quarterly Update, a briefing paper in which it informs about the shipbreaking industry in Bangladesh, India and Pakistan. Providing an overview of vessels broken on the beaches of South Asia,...

Consumers call for an end to forced labour in seafood supply chains

Consumers call for an end to forced labour in seafood supply chains 30 Sep 2015 By Juliette Aplin Reproduced with express permission. Consumers in California have filed two separate class-action lawsuits against Mars and Nestlé for failing to acknowledge the use of forced labour in the supply chains. The consumers claim they would have not...

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