World Day against Human Trafficking 2020 – Seafood Working Group Statement

London. UK. On World Day against Human Trafficking, the Seafood Working Group, of which Human Rights at Sea is a member, has put out a statement in response to Thailand’s ranking in the 2020 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report. The SWG is a coalition of over 60 labor rights, human rights, and environmental non-governmental organizations....

Taiwanese Fisheries Agency addresses 2019 Greenpeace Fisheries Slavery Report with Prosecutors

London. UK. FISHERIES. The Taiwanese Government has responded to the Greenpeace allegations of forced labour practices in the Taiwanese fleet from the 2019 report: '“SEABOUND: The Journey to Modern Slavery on the High Seas”. The Fisheries Agency of Taiwan has now forwarded the cases to the Kaohsiung District Prosecutors Office....

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...

Bullying and Harassment at Sea: A Clear and Present threat to Seafarers

London. UK. Human Rights at Sea today publishes a redacted example of testimony and background facts from a recent case highlighted in detail to the charity and other leading welfare entities concerning bullying and harassment towards an experienced Indian Chief Engineer by a Turkish Master on Marshall Islands flagged vessel....

Bangkok Post Op-Ed: Seafood industry must walk talk

The following Op-Ed was written by Art Prapha, Oxfam America’s Senior Private Sector Adviser and was published  in the Bangkok Post on the 5th of November 2019.  Human Rights at Sea replicates hereunder. “Recently, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced that the US will be suspending US$1.3 billion (39.2 billion baht)...

New UK Share Fishermen Briefing Note Published

PRESS RELEASE 30 April 2019 London. UK. Human Rights at Sea, alongside the National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations (NFFO) and The Fishermen’s Mission, publishes today a new briefing note covering the topic of UK Share Fishermen in respect of the ILO 188 Work in Fishing Convention 2007 to provide clarity and a new baseline...

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 16  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...

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