Norwegian Flag and owners step up to support new humanitarian rescue vessel in Mediterranean

Press Release 22 July 2019 London, UK. The Norwegian Flag and Norwegian owners have stepped up to provide a new civil society humanitarian rescue vessel the Viking Ocean to be operated in the central Mediterranean reflecting a renewed joint partnership between SOS MEDITERRANEE and Doctors Without Borders (MSF) for the rescue of persons in distress at...

OP-ED: Sea-Watch Captain freed. A victory for humanitarian rescue at sea.

OP-ED 5 July 2019 Photo credit: Reuters Geneva, Switzerland. Captain Carola Rackete has now been freed, but the European political controversy continues. The judicial decision delivered a much needed victory for both common-sense and humanitarian acts of rescue at sea, thereby setting a precedent to be reflected on for all vessel Captains and policy makers...

HRAS deplores the arrest of Captain Carola Rackete

Press Release 29th June 2019 Photo Credit:Carola Rackete REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane London. UK. The arrest in the early hours this morning in the Italian port of Lampedusa of Carola Rackete, the German captain of the Dutch-flagged humanitarian rescue vessel, Sea-Watch 3, who defied the imposed ban to disembark migrants saved from a rubber dinghy off the coast of...

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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...

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...

HRAS Intern graduates with a Distinction from Université catholique de Louvain

Human Rights at Sea is very pleased to report that our first Erasmus+ intern, Mélanie Glodkiewicz, has successfully graduated in International Relations from the Université catholique de Louvain with a top-level Distinction based on her human rights and humanitarian work. Reporting from the university highlighted that Mélanie’s internship with the charity was viewed as being...

[Updated] European MEPs uphold Human Rights at Sea SAR publication

PRESS RELEASE Immediate 11 July 2017 26 MEPs uphold Human Rights at Sea work in support of search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean Update 13 July 2017: MEP Barbara Spinelli speech (Italian) in European Parliament to the LIBE Committee 12 July 2017 http://barbara-spinelli.it/2017/07/12/ong-un-codice-condotta-pieno-illegalita/ concerning the NGO Code of Conduct and Human Rights at Sea. With the on-going...

[Updated] Planned EU NGO Code of Conduct threatens life-saving search and rescue operations

PRESS RELEASE Immediate 6 July 2017 Planned EU NGO Code of Conduct threatens life-saving search and rescue operations  “Failure to sign this Code of Conduct or failure to comply with its obligations may result in the refusal by the Italian State to authorize the access to national ports, subject to compliance with the existing...

New NGO guidance for co-ordination of Search and Rescue in the Mediterranean published

  PRESS RELEASE Immediate – 2 March 2017 Today, Human Rights at Sea publishes the first voluntary NGO minimum standard guidance working towards increased levels of joint co-ordination and co-operation for the on-going humanitarian relief effort in the Mediterranean region and in close co-ordination with established Rescue Coordination Centres, other State and non-State actors....

BREXIT and the future of Human Rights at Sea

PRESS RELEASE Immediate Today, the British democratic process has seen a historic electorate vote in favour (52%) of leaving the European Union after 43 years of membership. Nonetheless, the fundamental and continuing need to develop and deliver effective commercial human rights policies, welfare protections for individuals and lawful remedies in response to human rights abuses at sea does not...

20 Questions exposing the African Economic Migrant Narrative to the Maritime Community

PRESS RELEASE Immediate – 13 June 2016 “I have no worry about crossing the sea, because as soon as I take decision to leave my family for an unknown world, there is no more worry. I will either succeed or die. That is it.” Following extensive field research in the Sahel, Africa, Human Rights...

This is EU foreign policy: If you don´t want to see these pictures – stop us producing them

Source: SeaWatch From the frontline SeaWatch teams working to save life in the Mediterranean. After witnessing a series of boats accidents including capsized boats with many dead in the Central Mediterranean Sea last week, Sea-Watch is now striking a balance and publishing tragic pictures that have to be acknowledged by the European society as...

New Volunteer Maritime Rescuers: Awareness of Criminalisation Publication

         PRESS RELEASE Immediate Volunteer Maritime Rescuers: Awareness of Criminalisation UK. 19 April 2016. Human Rights at Sea publishes new international guidance. The independent maritime human rights charity, Human Rights at Sea, today publishes new independent guidance for volunteer maritime rescuers for their awareness of the potential risks of criminalisation when...

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