HRAS Pursues Australian Legislative Change for Long-Term Maritime Levy Seafarer Support

LONDON. UK. In the past months, Human Rights at Sea along with in-country partners, has been discreetly pursuing its Maritime Levy Campaign in Australia. This is focused on following-up on recent State-level success in New Zealand updating national legislation for all seafarer welfare centers to be sustainably funded through a dedicated maritime levy contribution.

International Day of the Seafarer 2021: A Fair Future for Seafarers – Insights from a young seafarer

London. UK. Today marks the Day of the Seafarer, an annual IMO-led day that aims to recognise the vital role seafarers make to our everyday lives. During the COVID-19 pandemic, seafarers have undertaken what amount to be heroic efforts to continue providing the world with the goods it needs while they have been often ignored, have been failed to be repatriated in a timely manner and have had their contracts often extended in excess of legal norms.  This year's theme is a fair future for seafarers, but with a following question to be asked: "Can this can be achieved?

Death of Master, Food and Water Shortages and Failure in State Support leaves Crew Desperate

London. UK.  Following the unexpected death on 19 April 2021 of the Romanian Master of the MV VANTAGE WAVE (IMO: 9506514) Human Rights at Sea has been asked by the deceased's family, and instructed by Gard P&I insurers on behalf of owners’ and crew members’ interests, to bring urgent international attention to the case of the continued failure to repatriate the body after seven weeks by multiple States. The onboard situation is further exacerbated by a rapidly emerging issue of food and water shortages, with resupply and dis-embarkment permissions allegedly being denied by local Chinese authorities at the time of writing.

Abandoned Indian Seafarer Family Statement on behalf of AB Mayur Gawade off UAE Coast

Press Release 24th March 2019 “He left us to work to make life better for his family” said his Uncle. “We are very proud of him, but we want him back. We want him to visit his Grandmother’s grave.” London. UK. Following on from two previously issued Indian seafarer abandonment case studies from vessels currently...

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 victims...

UK Seafarers Awareness Week promoting maritime jobs for future generations

Seafarers UK, the unique maritime charity that oversees the whole UK maritime environment, calls on both the Government and the UK shipping industry to invest in training of British Merchant Navy officers to meet huge manpower shortfall. This year, their ‘Seafarers Awareness Week’ (20-26 June) has the specific theme of promoting ‘Maritime Jobs for Future...

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 and...

Building a Rights Culture: How Workers can Lead Change in Thai Seafood

Photo credit: MWRN A joint publication by the International Labour Rights Forum (ILRF) and the Migrant Workers Rights Network (MWRN) Egregious labor rights abuses, including forced labor and human trafficking, have been documented across Thailand’s seafood sector in dozens of reports over more than a decade. Recently, unprecedented international attention on Thailand’s seafood industry, particularly...

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 eyeWitness...

Press Release: Significant blow to crew of Seaman Guard Ohio by Indian High Court

Human Rights at Sea comments on the latest developments in the ongoing matter of the detained crew of the former U.S.-owned anti-piracy vessel, the MV Seaman Guard Ohio. It is with regret that the charity reports that yesterday, the Madras High Court Bench refused to suspend the five-year sentences imposed by the Thoothukudi Principal Sessions Court on...

LGBT at Sea initiative develops its footprint

Human Rights at Sea is pleased to be able to highlight the development of its LGBT at Sea initiative as it increases its profile and footprint advocating for greater awareness, profile and acceptance of the maritime LGBT community. The LGBT at Sea initiative was launched in December 2015 as part of a host of ongoing HRAS...

When dangers at sea draw the right attention

  Girija Shettar, senior editor | 28 January 2016 Reproduced with express permission At the launch of Seafarers Awareness Week in London, UK, last night, an event aimed at increasing the country’s maritime personnel recruitment and retention, it was refreshing to see that the event’s organiser, Seafarers UK, did not shy away from talking about the...

Fundraising Campaign covering Refugee & Migrant Crisis film re-launched

FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN FOR REFUGEE & MIGRANT CRISIS FILM RE-LAUNCHED The Kickstarter campaign has been re-launched for CLANDESTINE, a short film that follows the perilous journey of a group of refugees across the Mediterranean. The latest film by Writer/Director Stuart Gatt, the drama delves into the horrors that have led to the death of 2000 refugees,...

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