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 affairs...

IMRF organises donation of lifejackets to Bangladesh Fishermen

  One thousand lifejackets have been donated to Bangladesh fisherman following an initiative launched by the Asia Pacific arm of the International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF). Along with member organisation Shanghai Sun Glory Marine Co. Ltd, the IMRF Asia-Pacific Regional Centre (APRC) delivered the lifejackets to the Bangladesh Navy who transported them on two warships...

EU Social Partners promote ratification of ILO Work in Fishing Convention C188 in Bulgaria

EU Social Partners promote ratification of ILO Work in Fishing Convention C188 in Bulgaria During a meeting held on 28 January in Sofia, Bulgaria, the European Social Partners in Fisheries*, the ETF and Europêche, promoted together with the ILO ** the swift ratification of the ILO Work in Fishing Convention C188. The event was also attended...

Human Rights at Sea Comment: Irish Government Report on non-EEA workers in Irish Fishing Fleet

Following the establishment of a dedicated Task Force, the Irish Government has issued its Report of the Government Task Force on Non-EEA workers in the Irish Fishing Fleet December 2015. The Report was instigated in response to The Guardian Newspaper (2 November 2015) article raising the issue of trafficked migrant fishermen and in which it revealed...

Falkland Islands Government implements positive steps to protect fishermen in South Atlantic

Human Rights at Sea is pleased to be able to report that the Falkland Islands Government is introducing new safety and crewing measures that “will sometimes exceed flag State requirements, in order to improve the safety of fishermen working on ships in Falkland’s waters” (Penguin News, Fri Dec 4th, 2015 & Merco Press Dec 9, 2015). Photo...

New EJF report and film: Thailand’s Seafood Slaves

Released today, EJF’s new report underscores the shortcomings in public and private sector efforts to combat human trafficking, forced labour and debt bondage in Thailand’s fishing sector. A link to the accompanying film can be found here. EJF’s new investigation returns to Kantang to uncover that IUU fishing, modern slavery, torture and murder still plague the fishing...

The HRAS Interview: Dr Patricia Kailola, CEO of Pacific Dialogue, Fiji

Tuna: Caught by Slaves and Canned by Slaves Welcoming and warm-hearted, Fijians and other Pacific Islanders can be lured into the dark side of commercial tuna fishing. “Would you buy a can of tuna that you knew had been caught by slaves and canned by slaves?” asks Dr Patricia Kailola, CEO of Fiji-based NGO Pacific...

INTERPOL – Supported investigation into illegal fishing leads to prosecution

LYON, France – The global fight against fisheries crime has scored a major success, with the convictions of three crew members of a vessel subject to an INTERPOL Purple Notice for illegal fishing. A court in Sao Tomé and Principe found the captain, chief engineer and second engineer of the Thunder guilty of various illegal...

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 bought...

Press Release: Human Rights at Sea uncovers terrible physical and mental abuse of Indian Seafarers

HUMAN RIGHTS AT SEA PRESS RELEASE Immediate Release “I pray to God that something like this should never happen to anybody. Because it may be nice to hear the tales of someone’s struggle, but in reality it is very difficult to bear.”    Indian Seafarer. Falkland Islands. June 2015. In the lead up to the forthcoming...

A ground-breaking agreement for non-EU national crew in the fishing sector

A ground-breaking agreement for non-EU national crew in the fishing sector PRESS RELEASE MADRID, 2 JUNE 2015 After several months of negotiations, the tuna company Albacora, the UGT and the global trade union, the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), today signed the first collective agreement covering non-European Union nationals employed on the company’s boats. The...

‘Long-lost’ fishermen in teary reunions with their families – Reported by The Nation

The continuing enslavement of fishermen in trawlers sustaining the global fishing industry continues to be uncovered. The following story was first published in The Nation | Attributed to Pratch Rujivanarom | The Nation April 11, 2015. http://www.nationmultimedia.com/national/Long-lost-fishermen-in-teary-reunions-with-their-f-30257866.html “LONG-LOST” fishing workers and family members embraced in tearful reunions in Bangkok – some had not seen each other for up to 10...

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 can...

The Falklands: Two fishing crew missing after ‘jumping’ ship off-shore Falkland Islands

NINE CREWMEN OVERBOARD IN TWO SEPARATE INCIDENTS The Falkland Islands Government (FIG) committed to ensuring safety of fishermen in its waters   Press Release: At 12:14 (GMT-3), Tuesday 17th February, 2015, the Royal Falkland Islands Police (RFIP) received notification via the FIG Fisheries Operations that seven Vietnamese crewmen were missing from the Taiwanese jigger, Jin...

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