Watershed for Human Rights in Taiwan’s Fishery Sector

London. UK.  On May 6, 2021, Taiwan’s top ombudsperson institution, the Control Yuan, released a set of wide-ranging recommendations for the government to address the forced labor onboard Taiwan’s distant water fishing (DWF) fleets. This is an issue of increasing international notoriety since the United States Department of Labor listed Taiwan-caught fish in its List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor in September 2020.

Fisheries Observer Model Conservation & Management Measure Published

London. UK. Human Rights at Sea publishes the fourth in a series of independent international reports and reviews concerning the safety, security and well-being of Fisheries Observers in the Western and Central Pacific region titled: 'Draft Proposal for Model Western & Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) Conservation & Management Measure (CMM) on Human Rights and Labour Rights Protections for Fisheries Observers' Safety, Security and Well-being'.

Pacific Fisheries Observer Safety, Security and Well-being Reports Published

London, UK. Human Rights at Sea today issues two new major international peer-reviewed reports focusing on Fisheries Observer safety, security and well-being in the Western and Central Pacific region, including for Observers employed by Commonwealth States through Regional Fisheries Management Organisations.

Video Testimony: Master defends COVID-19 Command Decisions for protecting Crew

London. UK. Former Master of the MV Tomini Destiny, Captain Rajnish Samuel Shah, has authorised the release by Human Rights at Sea of his personal testimony in defence of his command decisions made during the COVID-19 pandemic for the protection the health, safety and security of his crew during unloading operations off the Port of Chittagong, Bangladesh in late March 2020.

Human Rights at Sea and the Dominica Maritime Administration join forces for the crew of MV Gulf Sky

Press Release  Monday 22 June 2020 London. UK.  Human Rights at Sea is pleased to announce that it has partnered with the Commonwealth of Dominica Maritime Administration to work towards resolving the ongoing case of the MV Gulf Sky, registered under the Dominica Registry, anchored off Port Khor Fakkan Anch, UAE with 22 Indian seafarers...

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 the globe, the effects of the coronavirus crisis are increasingly highlighting new management challenges and competing interests between commercial imperatives to deliver contracts, and the health, safety and welfare of crew.

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 / Taipei, Taiwan. Human Rights at Sea is pleased to publish the formal Taiwan Government response from the Director General of the Taiwan Fisheries Agency to the charity's October 2019 '“Baseline Study on the Awareness and Application of Human Rights in Taiwan’s Fishing Industry”, as a matter of transparency and reflection of positive State engagement with the organisation.

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 the...

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 the...

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 highlights...

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 and...

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‘; a...

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 onboard...

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