International Rescue Effort continues in the Aegean

The International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) remains committed to developing the maritime search and rescue (SAR) capability of the Greek volunteer service, even following the EU Turkey agreement. “We committed to help until the maritime rescue services can cope with the demand for rescue on their waters” says Bruce Reid, CEO of IMRF. “We...

European Parliament Motion for Resolution concerning MV Seaman Guard Ohio case – HRAS Comment

The continuing case of the incarceration following sentencing in January 2016 of the crew and Private Maritime Security guards of the MV Seaman Guard Ohio gains European Parliament attention. STATEMENT. 2 March 2016. Human Rights at Sea continues to support all lawful efforts to deliver justice based on facts alongside all other international organisations in this...

Press Release: Human Rights at Sea joins with global organisations in letter to EU Commission concerning Thai fishing and human rights abuses

  Human Rights at Sea Press Release Human Rights at Sea joins with global organisations in letter to EU Commission concerning Thai fishing and human rights abuses Human Rights at Sea has joined fellow international labour, environmental and human rights organisations in support of a letter sent to Karmenu Vella, the EU Commissioner for fisheries, maritime...

Migrants Die After Confusion over SAR Laws

By MarEx 2016-01-28 15:44:39 Reproduced with express permission The International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) has raised concerns over reports that some would-be rescuers may have been deterred from helping people in distress by concerns about territorial waters. One such report, published in The Independent, states: “Australian national Simon Lewis says he and a team of...

Open Sea Summer School on Migration, Sea Border Control and Human Rights – University of Napoli – 6 -14 June 2016

  The Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence <style> .wpb_animate_when_almost_visible { opacity: 1; }</style> <style> .wpb_animate_when_almost_visible { opacity: 1; }</style> The event, which will take place from 6 to 14 June 2016, aims to combine scientific and practical knowledge on crucial topics of International law of the Sea, Migrations and Human Rights Law. The ideal candidate...

Fundraising Campaign for film about the Refugee & Migrant Crisis launched

FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN FOR FILM ABOUT REFUGEE & MIGRANT CRISIS LAUNCHED A Kickstarter campaign has been 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...

Rethinking Europe’s Asylum System: Towards Better Protection and Equal Standards

From Human Rights at Sea. As global migration continues, the scale and scope of the issue and its related challenges mean that a new approach is needed in terms of law, policies and the handling of persons moving from State to State seeking asylum and a new home. This movement across land and sea borders will...

Norwegian Shipowners’ Association Says No to Beaching

Brussels – The Norwegian Shipowners’ Association says no to the beaching of end-of-life vessels – the NGO Shipbreaking Platform, a global coalition of 19 environmental and human rights organisations, welcomes this decision and calls on other ship owners and their associations to mirror the Norwegian position. In an op-ed published yesterday in Dagens Næringsliv,...

Press Release: Refugee Law Observatory partners with Human Rights at Sea

The Refugee Law Observatory has partnered with Human Rights at Sea for ongoing academic research and advocacy concerning refugees. The purpose of the Observatory is to enhance the capacity of legal practitioners and others interested to understand and apply refugee law in practice using balanced, practice oriented videos on refugee law. It also provides...

Introducing the ‘Charter of Naples’ – The Way Forward to Deal with Migration in the Mediterranean Sea

Introducing the Charter of Naples Human Rights at Sea is pleased to introduce the Charter of Naples: a bilingual policy oriented document aimed to suggest to national and European policy-makers the way forward to deal with migrations in the Mediterranean Sea. The Charter, includes six concrete proposals, which acknowledge the results obtained from the initiative...

Migrant SAR Training Goes Beyond SOLAS

Article first published by MAREX, 17 July 2015. Reproduced with express permission. An estimated 219,000 migrants crossing the Mediterranean in 2014 and 90,000 have crossing so far this year. A recent P&I club circular noted that a master that doesn’t do their duty under SOLAS Chapter V Regulation 33 can face up to two...

Migrant rescue: SeaWatch Blog update – Team in Lampedusa

The SeaWatch project blog has been updated Latest news is that the SeaWatch team are now to be based in Lampedusa, Italy. “After seemingly ending the day with a brief media interview and meeting with one of Save the Children’s representatives working at the Island’s purposely built refugee camp, Harald, Peter and I headed...

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...

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