UAE Government Resolution to help address Abandonment and Seafarers’ Rights

London. UK.  On 1 July 2021, the UAE Government's Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure issued Cabinet Resolution No. (71) of 2021 on 'Marine Wrecks And Violating Ships' as part of its new pathway "to regulate the navigational activities, protection of the marine environment, safety and security of the UAE maritime sector and to protect the rights of seafarers on board ships in UAE waters and ports" detailed by its accompanying Circular. The Resolution was signed-off by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Prime Minister.

Herbert Smith Freehills highlights HRAS Arbitration Tribunal Project

London. UK. The international law firm, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, has highlighted the ongoing arbitration project work of Human Rights at Sea and Shearman and Sterling LLP in developing a new voluntary victim-led route to effective remedy for abuses suffered at sea by repurposing arbitration as the mechanism for a new ad hoc tribunal system now being created.

Shipbreaking in Turkey results in two deaths

Press Release Tuesday 27 July 2021 LONDON.UK. HRAS partner, the  NGO Shipbreaking Platform reported today that another fatal accident recently took place at the ship recycling yards of Aliağa, Turkey.  On 12 July, Yılmaz Demir (55 years old) and Oğuz Taşkın (30 years old) were onboard the cruise ship CARNIVAL INSPIRATION when they were suddenly caught by flames. Yılmaz died...

UK Crown Prosecution Service takes Compassionate Stance for Migrants and Refugees crossing English Channel

London. UK. In respect of the ongoing English Channel migrant crossing situation, the UK Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) issued a statement on Thursday 8 July 2021 confirming that asylum seekers entering the UK illegally would no longer be prosecuted unless they have been involved in other criminal activity. The position taken is at odds with the UK Home Office and the UK Home Secretary Piri Patel's attempts to bring into force the Nationality and Borders Bill released on Tuesday 6 July.

World Oceans Day 2021 Webinar: Confronting the Human Rights Crisis in Fisheries with Arbitration

London. UK. / Paris. France. On 8 June 2021, on the occasion of this year’s United Nations World Oceans Day with the theme of: "Ocean: Life and Livelihoods", Human Rights at Sea and global law firm Shearman & Sterling LLP held a webinar entitled “Confronting the Human Rights Crisis in Fisheries: How Arbitration Can Improve Fishers’ Access to Justice”, which is now available to view and download.

Ocean Viking: 572 survivors need to disembark in a Place of Safety without further delay

Following six rescue operations in the Maltese and Libyan search and rescue regions since last Thursday (July 1st), the Ocean Viking, SOS MEDITERRANEE search and rescue vessel is caring for 572 survivors, including 183 minors, who urgently need to disembark in a Place of Safety in accordance with international law.  

Death at Sea. Independent Case Review of Kiribati Fisheries Observer Eritara Aati Kaierua

London. UK. Following a 12-month investigation into the death of Kiribati fisheries observer, Eritara Aati Kaierua, onboard the Taiwanese flagged WIN FAR 636 fishing vessel, Human Rights at Sea publishes an independent case review which explores in detail the incident in March 2020 from the family's perspective having reviewed all publicly-available information as well as evidence collated by the family, supporting organisations, lawyers and the charity.

IMO and HRAS speak to the BBC about Seafarer Abandonment

London, UK. On Saturday, 17 April, representatives from the International IMO and Human Rights at Sea (HRAS) joined BBC Radio Scotland's national morning programme to discuss the ongoing issue and rising cases of abandoned seafarers globally. Mr. Frederick Kenny, Director of the IMO Legal Affairs and External Relations Division, and David Hammond, CEO, HRAS answered searching questions with the aim of bringing increased understanding to the Scottish audience.

HRAS Review of Stowaways. Background, Drivers and Human Consequences

London. UK. Human Rights at Sea today publishes a new independent Insight Briefing Note on stowaways looking at the background to incidents at sea, the drivers for individuals to take such risks and the human consequences. Legally reviewed by shipping lawyers at Norton Rose Fulbright LLP, London, with first-hand accounts supplied from MIRIS International and supported with AIS data-backed infographics from OceanMind, the publication also reflects on the recent Nave Andromeda case off the South Coast of the UK.

International Women’s Day 2021 – #ChooseToChallenge

Today marks International Women Day, a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity, which in the case of the maritime industry, remains an issue not yet satisfactorily tackled.  Achieving gender parity in the maritime industry will require addressing conscious and unconscious gender biases. 

Letter to the Editor on Neptune Declaration on Seafarer Wellbeing and Crew Change

London. UK. On invitation by the Editor Break Bulk News, Human Rights at Sea provided its input and human rights perspective on the Neptune Declaration on Seafarer Wellbeing and Crew Change. The civil society NGO has signed up to the shipping industry initiative in support of its aim to raise the profile of the concerns the global pandemic is having on the seafarers who keep global trade flowing.

Swiss interest grows for Human Rights at Sea Arbitration Tribunal Project

London, UK. / Basel, Switzerland. Prof. Dr. Anna Petrig, Chair of International Law and Public Law at the University of Basel (Switzerland) and Board advisor to Human Rights at Sea, on 8 January 2020 introduced the concept of Maritime Arbitration and Human Rights during the 2021 online Swiss-based Competence Centre Arbitration and Crime webinar.

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