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.

Seafarers’ calls for help again raise issue of pandemic narrative suppression

Press Release 11 July 2021 “…please hear us and rescue us from this hell.” London. UK. In the last week, Human Rights at Sea has received multiple messages from seafarers requesting urgent assistance as the crew change crisis and effects of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to bite deep in the 1.6-1.7 million strong seafarer community....

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.

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.

[Updated] Family plea for investigation and accountability into son’s death on MT Sea Princess

London. UK. / New Delhi. India. With express permission, and at the direct request of the family of the deceased seafarer tragically found hung onboard the MT Sea Princess off the UAE coast during a final voyage to a ship-breaking location in Alang, India; Human Rights at Sea today publishes the family’s written plea for an investigation, accountability and the return of their son’s body to Uttar Pradesh without delay.

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.

Lexis Nexis Law 360 publishes article on Human Rights at Sea Arbitration Project

London. UK. LEXIS NEXIS Law 360 recently published an article written by Caroline Simpson and edited by Jill Coffey on Human Rights at Sea and Shearman & Sterling Project Arbitration as Means for Effective Remedy for Human Rights Abuses at Sea, drawing insights from the July Arbitration Webinar . The Project is based on the concept of using international arbitration as a means for providing victims of human rights abuses at sea with an alternative route to effective remedy and justice.

Alleged Murdered Kiribati Fisheries Observer Family left without Financial Support

London. UK. At sea, fisheries observers are employed to provide oversight of the fish caught by commercial operators ensuring that the catch is correctly logged, and healthy fish stocks are maintained to ensure the sustainability of the world's oceans. Tragically, some fisheries observers are subject the cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, work in fear of their lives, and in the worst cases, loose their lives through unlawful acts towards them.

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