The HRAS Interview with Graeme McGregor of Amnesty International Australia

The HRAS Interview Series Men, Women and Children in Offshore Detention Graeme McGregor joined Amnesty International Australia in 2013 as the Refugee Campaign Coordinator. After studying Human Rights and International Politics at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, he has spent 10 years working voluntarily and professionally for Amnesty International and other organisations. HRAS speaks...

Use of Force at Sea: East African Review of 100 Series Rules

An external review of the independent 100 Series Rules for the Use of Force as a model set of international maritime rules for the use of force at sea by Private Maritime Security Companies and Privately Contracted Armed Security Personnel has been published by Human Rights at Sea. The detailed legal review explores the...

Migrant rescue: New Sea-Watch Blog for the start of operations to rescue migrants in the Mediterranean

Human Rights at Sea is very pleased to be supporting the efforts of the German based Sea-Watch project whose aim is to assist in the rescue of migrants in the Mediterranean Sea. HRAS support comes from one of its interns, Daniel Shepherd, and who will be regularly blogging exclusively through the HRAS site as...

Indian Authorities acting unlawfully with continued detention of MV Seaman Guard Ohio crew: maritime charities appeal for action

           PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release Indian Authorities acting unlawfully with continued detention of MV Seaman Guard Ohio crew: maritime charities appeal for action   Accredited to The Hindu. London. 10 March 2015.  Human Rights at Sea (HRAS) and The Mission to Seafarers (MtS) have today issued a global plea...

Thai maritime human trafficking case studies released

Thailand Trafficking Case Studies Translations provided by the Labour Rights Promotion Network Foundation (LPN)   Case: 0827201400875 After being rescued, staff from Labour Rights Promotion Network Foundation (LPN) has contacted this fisherman’s father. Soon after hearing his father’s voice, he has let out his joy through tear. His employer has broke his contract which stated that he...

New video by VICE shows child labour and low environmental standards in Bangladeshi ship breaking yards

New video by VICE shows child labour and low environmental standards in Bangladeshi ship breaking yards Brussels, 9 February 2015 – A video published by the American magazine VICE, “Where giant cargo ships go to die”, available on its website, shows that both the working conditions and the measures to protect the environment in the...

HRAS partner ‘NGO Shipbreaking Platform’ cements Japanese ship breaking partnership with Ikki-Ikki Asia

Platform News Platform welcomes new Japanese partner organisation Brussels, 29 January 2015 – In November last year Platform founder and policy advisor Ingvild Jenssen visited Yamaguchi Prefecture based community network Ikki-Ikki Asia Japan. The volunteer-based network, first established 25 years ago, works on a multitude of community-building, environmental and solidarity projects. For more than...

Missing Seafarers: Tunante II crew lost at sea off Brazil

As the Christmas period approaches, Human rights at Sea highlights on behalf of the families of the 4 man crew of the 12.5m Tunante II, that the yacht remains lost at sea off the eastern coast of Brazil since 26 August 2014. The crew comprise Alejandro Vernero, Horacio Robert Morales, Jorge Benozzi and y Mauro...

Case Study: Human trafficking of Bangladeshi and Rohingya boat people in Thailand

BANGLADESHIS AND ROHINGYA BOATPEOPLE KIDNAPPED BY HUMAN TRAFFICKING GANGS TO BE SOLD INTO SLAVERY The figures of boatpeople recently discovered in captivity in Thailand reveal the extent of human trafficking between the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea. In the space of three days, Thai authorities in Takuapa district discovered more than 130...

Documentary: Ship breaking & German shipowners – The suffering of Bangladesh shipbreakers and the conditions they work under.

“Toxic ships for Bangladesh”: A TV documentary on German ship owners and their shipbreaking practices Sunday 26 October 2014, 14:45 – 15:15 on German state TV channel ZDF Read this news in German Brussels, 23 October 2014 – A new documentary titled “Giftiger Tankerschrott für Bangladesch – Toxic ships for Bangladesh” will be shown...

Book: Fishers and Plunderers – the exploitation of fish and fishers.

New Book “Fishers and Plunderers” In Fishers and Plunderers, Alastair Couper, Hance D. Smith and Bruno Ciceri focus on the exploitation of fish and fishers alike in a global industry driven by profits, with little consideration given to either resource conservation or human rights. With vast over provision of vessels and shortages of fish,...

Human Traffickers using prison ships in the Slave Trade – Reuters Report

  Photo Credit: Bangladesh Coast Guard   Article reproduced from the Maritime Executive 22 October 2014 Original Copyright Reuters 2014 – Article   When Afsar Miae left his home near Teknaf in southern Bangladesh to look for work last month, he told his mother, “I’ll see you soon.” He said he expected to return that...

Australia: Children’s Rights at Sea: Detention of children by Australian Authorities

AUSTRALIA: REFUGEE CHILDREN IN DETENTION AN HRAS CASE STUDY Andrea Tang & David Hammond October 2014 Introduction “If children were treated in this way in Australia the child protection authorities would want to prosecute those who are looking after them” – Alistair Nicholson, Former Chief Justice of the Family Court Children, whether alone or...

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