COVID-19: Master takes Resolute Stand to Assure Crew’s Safety and Welfare

"The case highlights a number of wider issues which may well shape future conduct of business in light of the emerging and the indisputable threat to life of the COVID-19 virus." London. UK. During the COVID-19 pandemic, while ship owners and charterers continue with daily business undertaking charter-parties for the movement of goods around...

Taiwan Government Positively and Comprehensively Responds to Human Rights at Sea Fisheries Report

"The Presidential Office Human Rights Consultative Committee, the Human Rights Promotion Task Force of the Executive Yuan and the Coordination Conference for Human Trafficking Prevention have been inviting relevant ministries and agencies to convene meeting regularly. Relevant issues being addressed in such meetings have already embraced the philosophy of human rights at sea." London, UK...

Abandoned seafarer podcast testimony to conditions endured on MV Tamim Aldar

Press Release 1 July 2019 London. UK. At the time of writing in a rapidly developing phase to the current matter which should herald the end of the abandonment of the remaining crew onboard the UAE flagged MV Tamim Aldar, the remaining four seafarers (two Indian, two Eritrean) are currently under tow back to...

Second Flag States and Human Rights Report Published

Press Release 9 June 2019 London, UK. Human Rights at Sea, in partnership with the University of Bristol Law School Human Rights Implementation Centre, today issues the second independent public report: ‘An evaluation of Flag State Practice in Monitoring, Reporting and Enforcing Human Rights Obligations on Board Vessels’ as part of an ongoing study into...

BHRRC Out of Sight Report - Modern Slavery

BHRRC issues Modern Slavery Report in the Pacific Tuna Fisheries

PACIFIC FISHERIES – NEW BHRRC REPORT London, UK. At the start of the week, the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre (BHRRC) launched a new briefing and online platform Out of Sight: Modern Slavery in Pacific Supply Chains of Canned Tuna – A Survey and Analysis of Company Action and issued a detailed report. The report...

Positive attitude of future maritime lawyers & scholars to Human Rights at Sea

Press Release 15th April 2019 London. UK. Future Government, flag State and commercial lawyers, as well as policy makers and academic scholars engaged in the Second Human Rights and Law of the Sea conference held at the World Maritime University International Maritime Law Institute (IMLI) in Malta on 4-5 April 2019. Convened by IMLI...

Independent Review of Ramifications of the De-Flagging of M/V Aquarius Dignitus

PRESS RELEASE 11 February 2019 “The case of Aquarius’ de-flagging…is a dark moment in the history of international SAR operations.” Human Rights at Sea, February 2019. London.UK. Human Rights at Sea issues its independent review and commentary into the ‘Human Rights and International Rule of Law Ramifications of the De-Flagging of M/V Aquarius Dignitus‘;...

HRAS & University of Bristol Publish ‘Flag States and Human Rights’ Report

Press Release Tuesday 24 July 2018 London. UK. Human Rights at Sea in partnership with University of Bristol Human Rights Clinic and Human Rights Implementation Centre have published the first report on ‘Flag States and Human Rights’. The report is a study on flag state practice in monitoring, reporting and enforcing human rights obligations...

Concerning allegations over maritime recruitment practices and human rights abuses in India

HRAS Press Release Sunday 1 July 2018 LONDON.UK.Human Rights at Sea is concerned over allegations that came into light from seafarers on maritime recruitment practices in India that amount to modern slavery. Young seafarers are taking out loans to pay for courses, which promise lucrative jobs and earnings without those courses to have any...

Freedom From Modern Slavery Article by Ment van der Zwan published in the ICSF’s Samudra Report

REVIEW 7 March 2018 UK. HRAS would like to highlight an article written by Ment van der Zwan on  labour rights in the fisheries sector. The article titled  ‘Freedom From Modern Slavery’ was published in the ICSF (International Collective in Support for Fishworkers) Samudra Report of January 2018. It is a comprehensive overview of...

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...

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...

The HRAS Interview with Dean Summers of ITF Australia

The HRAS Interview with Dean Summers of ITF Australia Slave Ship; Death Ship; Summers Wants Change In August 2015, ITF Australia coordinator, and fourth-generation seafarer, Dean Summers swum the English Channel to raise money for a charity that supports seafarers. HRAS spoke to him after this marathon effort to find out why he dedicates...

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