International Day of the Seafarer 2021: A Fair Future for Seafarers – Insights from a young seafarer

London. UK. Today marks the Day of the Seafarer, an annual IMO-led day that aims to recognise the vital role seafarers make to our everyday lives. During the COVID-19 pandemic, seafarers have undertaken what amount to be heroic efforts to continue providing the world with the goods it needs while they have been often ignored, have been failed to be repatriated in a timely manner and have had their contracts often extended in excess of legal norms.  This year's theme is a fair future for seafarers, but with a following question to be asked: "Can this can be achieved?

Japan. Waseda University Law School Profiles Lectures on Human Rights at Sea

London. UK.  Waseda University, Graduate School of Law in Tokyo has hosted a series of lectures under the title of the “Human Rights at Sea with and after COVID-19” with academic support from Human Rights at Sea Trustee Professor Steven Haines and HRAS Advisory Board Members Professor Irini Papanicolopulu, Dr. Sofia Galani and Professor Anna Petrig alongside Professor Seline Trevisanut of Utrecht University.

“Confronting the Human Rights Crisis in Fisheries: How Arbitration Can Improve Fishers’ Access to Justice” Webinar

London, UK. On the occasion of the Annual United Nations World Oceans Day, themed Ocean: Life and Livelihoods, Human Rights at Sea and global law firm Shearman & Sterling LLP will hold a webinar entitled “Confronting the Human Rights Crisis in Fisheries: How Arbitration Can Improve Fishers’ Access to Justice” on 8 June 2021, 13:00 CET. 

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.

Migrants and Refugees at Sea: 2020 Review

London.UK. 2020 was a challenging and introspective year for many, largely characterised by the COVID-19 global coronavirus pandemic; not only a crisis of public health, but also a secondary crisis of social, economic and political security resulting from the emergency measures taken by local, national and regional authorities.

Development of an Arbitration-based Mechanism for Resolution of Human Rights Disputes

Press Release 25 January 2021 HUMAN RIGHTS AT SEA ARBITRATION TAKES STEPS TOWARDS CREATION OF ARBITRATION-BASED MECHANISM FOR RESOLUTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS DISPUTES London. UK. / Paris. France.  The Human Rights at Sea Arbitration initiative, a collaboration between UK-based independent charitable NGO Human Rights at Sea and the international arbitration practice of global law firm...

World Human Rights Day 2020: Human rights at sea must be upheld by the Law

LONDON. UK. When Human Rights at Sea was established in April 2014, the concept of universal human rights applying at sea, as equally as they do on land was not explicitly recognised across the wider maritime industry. After all, piracy was on the decline, slavery in the fishing industry was largely invisible to the public and cases of seafarer abandonment were under-reported. Any worker-related issues of the day were seen in the context of labour rights and business economics.

‘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...

Human Rights at Sea to speak at International Law Weekend 2020

This year's  International Law Weekend theme is 'International Law in Challenging Times'. The 99th Annual Meeting of the American Branch of the International Law Association (ABILA) will take place 22-24 October 2020. Human Rights at Sea will participate in a senior panel of academics and practitioners on 'Arbitration of Human Rights at Sea: Giving International Law Teeth by Empowering Victims to Enforce It'.

New Zealand Government drives legislative change in support of Seafarers’ Centres

London. UK. In partnership with the Chair of the New Zealand Seafarers Welfare Board, the Reverend John McLister of the Mission to Seafarers (NZ), Human Rights at Sea is pleased to announce the public policy statement by the New Zealand Government that it intends to amend the Maritime Transport Act 1994 to enable the existing maritime levy to fund the services required for seafarers’ wellbeing.

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