Abandoned Indian Seafarer Family Statement on behalf of Chief Engineer Gorropotu Venkatarao

Press Release 13th March 2019 Abandonment. A Pattern of Human Rights Abuse. “My Uncle is a strong man, but he does not have any hope left. His only hope has been to stay sane and to get back some of the wages that are owed to him to take home.” London UK. Following the...

UN Global Compact Communication on Engagement 2019 Published

Press Release 13th March 2019 London. UK. Human Rights at Sea has published its second Communication on Engagement (COE) for the UN Global Compact to the UN Secretary General. The document outlines the ongoing developments for the charitable NGO, and its continued work as a non-business participant to support the UN Global Compact within...

Indian Government engages in Human Rights at Sea debate

Press Release 1st March 2019 Mumbai, India. Yesterday, 28 February 2019, at the Leela Hotel, Mumbai, the inaugural national-level seminar on ‘Human Rights at Sea’ was held by the Forum for Integrated National Security (FINS) think-tank with Indian Government engagement. This was the first time that a State has recognised and been engaged in...

HRAS enables Ethiopian Chief Officer to return home with wages paid

PRESS RELEASE 17th October 2018 London. UK. Human Rights at Sea is pleased to report the successful repatriation of an Ethiopian Chief Officer with outstanding wages owed which have now been paid in full after direct, but polite intervention by the charity. The case was led by HRAS Iranian intern, Sayedeh Hajar Hejazi. The charity...

Joint Civil Society Statement concerning Implementation of the Protocol of 2014 to the Forced Labour Convention, 1930

PRESS RELEASE Friday 28 September 2018 London. UK. Human Rights at Sea, alongside 41 civil society organisations, have today issued in Bangkok through HRW a joint statement to the Thai Government to pass a stand-alone forced labor law that meets international standards and contains significant penalties for violators. Statement “Almost 40 years ago, Thailand...

HRAS Case Study Seafarers’ Abandonment on Kish Island, Iran

Press Release Tuesday 17 July 2018 London.UK. Human Rights at Sea has published a case study that sheds light into alleged labour abusive practices and seafarers’ abandonment on Kish Island, in Iran. With evidence supplied by seafarers themselves, seventeen seafarers were allegedly left to face destitution on the island of Kish by their respective...

Concerning allegations over maritime recruitment practices and human rights abuses in India

HRAS Press Release Sunday 1 July 2018 LONDON.UK.Human Rights at Sea is concerned over allegations that came into light from seafarers on maritime recruitment practices in India that amount to modern slavery. Young seafarers are taking out loans to pay for courses, which promise lucrative jobs and earnings without those courses to have any...

Greenpeace East Asia report documents human rights abuses in Taiwan's international fishing fleet

Press Release London. UK. New evidence released today links human rights abuses to Taiwan’s international fishing fleet, including major seafood trader Fong Chun Formosa Fishery Company (FCF). This has serious implications for its global supply chains, and exposes the ongoing failure of the Taiwan government’s approach to address human trafficking and labor abuse. In the Greenpeace...

International Labour Rights Forum (ILRF) Job Opening: Senior Campaign Coordinator

Media Release – Job Opening International Labour Rights Forum (ILRF)  Senior Campaign Coordinator London. The International Labor Rights Forum is a human rights organization that advocates for workers worldwide. Human Rights at Sea has actively worked alongside ILRF to better the lives of seafarers and fishermen in the seafood industry in a number of projects,...

Freedom From Modern Slavery Article by Ment van der Zwan published in the ICSF’s Samudra Report

REVIEW 7 March 2018 UK. HRAS would like to highlight an article written by Ment van der Zwan on  labour rights in the fisheries sector. The article titled  ‘Freedom From Modern Slavery’ was published in the ICSF (International Collective in Support for Fishworkers) Samudra Report of January 2018. It is a comprehensive overview of...

New Zealand Supreme Court Decision aides Indonesian Fishermen’s Pursuit of Justice

  Human Rights at Sea strongly applauds the ongoing work by New Zealand lawyer, Karen Harding, in securing the first stage of review of existing New Zealand legislation by the supreme Court which has given a lifeline to Indonesian fishermen seeking an effective remedy against their former South Korean employers for unpaid wages and...

NGO Shipbreaking Platform Publishes List of Ships Dismantled Worldwide Revealing Human Rights Abuses

  PRESS RELEASE 20 January 2018 Brussels, 20 January 2018. The NGO Shipbreaking Platform publishes today its list of ships dismantled worldwide in 2017 in tidal beaches of South East Asia revealing the shipping industry’s irresponsible shipbreaking practices and a series of human rights and labour abuses, including loss of life, at shipbreaking yards....

New maritime Labour Rights and Human Rights Educational film launched

PRESS RELEASE 2 November 2017 Human Rights at Sea launches a new educational film explaining Labour and Human Rights Today, Human Rights at Sea launches the second in its series of freely available educational films and accompanying infographics concerning maritime human rights protections and their impact on the maritime community, titled “Labour Rights and...

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