The Right to Life: Italy found by UN in violation of the right to life of Migrants at Sea

the UN Human Rights Committee (HRC), the treaty body responsible for the monitoring of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, found Italy in violation of its obligations under the Covenant in particular in violation of the right to life as provided in Article 6 of the ICCPR read alone, and in conjunction with Article 2 (3), in the context of Search and Rescue (SAR) operations of migrants at sea. According to the HRC, Italy delayed and failed to actively provide rescue to 200 migrants on the high seas.

Captain Lloyd writes to UK Secretary of State for Transport over Seafarer Vaccinations

London. UK. Human Rights at Sea Advisory Board member, Captain Michael Lloyd RD**,MNM, CMMar, FNI has followed up an earlier correspondence to the IMO Secretary General, with a new letter directed to the Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP, the UK Secretary of State for Transport requesting engagement on the issue of inoculating seafarers as frontline key workers who are keeping world maritime trade flowing during the global pandemic.

‘Developing Human Rights at Sea’. HRAS Trustee publishes in Ocean Yearbook

Press Release Tuesday 24 November 2020 London.UK. Professor Steven Haines, an academic international lawyer who sits on the UK-based charitable Human Rights at Sea (HRAS) Board of Trustees, has recently had a significant article approved for publication in the prestigious Ocean Yearbook.  It will appear in print in April 2021 but has already been made available...

Joint Press Statement of Dominica Flag Administration and Human Rights at Sea on MT GULF SKY – 21 July 2020

London. UK. / Fairhaven. MA. USA. Human Rights at Sea and the Dominica Flag State Administration remain closely engaged in the background investigations into the incident of the hijacking of the MT GULF SKY (IMO 9150377) on 5/6 July 2020 from UAE to Iranian waters, which later saw 26 of the 28 crew who had been deprived of their liberty and threatened with being shot during the ordeal, repatriated to India. This has included close engagement with the UAE Federal Transport Authority. 

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.

[UPDATED] Mekong Club and HRAS combine to deliver Responsible Recruitment Webinar

London, UK / Hong Kong. On 11th March 2020 3:30pm - 4:30pm (HKT GMT +8) The Mekong Club, a leader uniting and mobilising the private sector for a common cause to disrupt and end modern slavery, and Human Rights at Sea, the independent human rights charitable NGO challenging abuse at sea, are joining to present a public webinar 'International Migration to Malaysia & Taiwan: Challenges and Promising Practises'.

UK Fisheries Sector Human Rights and Social Welfare Baseline Project gets underway

London. UK. The first stage of the inaugural UK Fisheries Sector Human Rights and Social Welfare Baseline Project has started as part of new joint work between Human Rights at Sea and The Fishermen's Mission. Human Rights at Sea has been variously asked if there is a need for such an assessment in terms of the level of human rights and social welfare provisions in the sector.

‘High Seas Low Deeds’: New Internationalist Magazine highlights Human Rights at Sea work

The award winning New Internationalist Magazine in its latest issue has highlighted the work undertaken by Human Rights at Sea in the development of global awareness of human rights abuses in the maritime environment through exposure of some of the issues covered and case studies published by the charity.

Seafarer abuse continues with low settlement offers for outstanding wages

This evening Human Rights at Sea was contacted in desperation by a seafarer and Indian national 34-year-old Vikas Mishra from Jaunpur who had previously suffered 35 months and 13 days onboard the UAE flagged MV Tamim Aldar owned by Eliteway Marine Services Ltd without pay and seeing his family in what has been a widely and internationally reported matter.

Human Rights and International Solidarity Special Rapporteur Briefing Note

Press Release 21st August 2019 London, UK. Human Rights at Sea today publishes new briefing note reviewing the report of the UN Independent Expert and special rapporteur on human rights and international solidarity with implications for human rights at sea. The UN report is the third prepared by the Independent Expert, Obiora Chinedu Okafor, and...

Geneva Declaration on Human Rights at Sea featured on Swiss RTS Radio

Press Release 12th August 2019 Geneva. Switzerland. Radio Télévision Suisse (RTS), the Geneva based Swiss public broadcasting organisation introduced and featured the Geneva Declaration on Human Rights at Sea during their 8 a.m. news feature this morning. RTS is in charge of the production and broadcasting of radio programming in French for Switzerland providing national and...

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 Libya...

Anglo-North Irish Fisheries Human Rights Audits & Response published

Press Release 28th May 2019 London. UK. / Kilkeel, Northern Ireland. Today, Human Rights at Sea publishes the Anglo-North Irish Fish Producers Organisation (ANIFPO) voluntary annual human rights and business audits undertaken by Human Rights at Sea International Ltd (HRASi), the not-for-profit subsidiary consultancy of the charity. For three years Human Rights at Sea has been...

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