The HRAS Interview: Dr Patricia Kailola, CEO of Pacific Dialogue, Fiji

Tuna: Caught by Slaves and Canned by Slaves Welcoming and warm-hearted, Fijians and other Pacific Islanders can be lured into the dark side of commercial tuna fishing. “Would you buy a can of tuna that you knew had been caught by slaves and canned by slaves?” asks Dr Patricia Kailola, CEO of Fiji-based NGO Pacific...

The HRAS Interview with Dean Summers of ITF Australia

The HRAS Interview with Dean Summers of ITF Australia Slave Ship; Death Ship; Summers Wants Change In August 2015, ITF Australia coordinator, and fourth-generation seafarer, Dean Summers swum the English Channel to raise money for a charity that supports seafarers. HRAS spoke to him after this marathon effort to find out why he dedicates his...

INTERPOL – Supported investigation into illegal fishing leads to prosecution

LYON, France – The global fight against fisheries crime has scored a major success, with the convictions of three crew members of a vessel subject to an INTERPOL Purple Notice for illegal fishing. A court in Sao Tomé and Principe found the captain, chief engineer and second engineer of the Thunder guilty of various illegal...

Fundraising Campaign for film about the Refugee & Migrant Crisis launched

FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN FOR FILM ABOUT REFUGEE & MIGRANT CRISIS LAUNCHED A Kickstarter campaign has been launched for CLANDESTINE, a short film that follows the perilous journey of a group of refugees across the Mediterranean. The latest film by Writer/Director Stuart Gatt, the drama delves into the horrors that have led to the death of 2000...

Press Release: Human Rights at Sea on Australian Senate Committee Report – Asylum Seekers Detained on Nauru

Press Release: Australian Senate Committee Recognises Breaches of Human Rights of Asylum Seekers Arriving by Sea Detained on Nauru For Immediate Release Human Rights at Sea has been following the investigations by the Australian Senate Committee concerning the detention of asylum seekers arriving by sea in the Nauru Regional Processing Centre. On 31 August 2015...

Press Release: Human Rights at Sea uncovers terrible physical and mental abuse of Indian Seafarers

HUMAN RIGHTS AT SEA PRESS RELEASE Immediate Release “I pray to God that something like this should never happen to anybody. Because it may be nice to hear the tales of someone’s struggle, but in reality it is very difficult to bear.”    Indian Seafarer. Falkland Islands. June 2015. In the lead up to the forthcoming...

Thai Court sentences former official and orders him to pay compensation to Rohingya human trafficking victim

PRESS RELEASE: Human Rights and Development Foundation (HRDF)  Photo: The Maritime Executive. Thai court sentences former official and orders him to pay compensation to Rohingya human trafficking victim Songkhla Provincial Court sentenced Former member of the Satun PAO to 22 years and six months and ordered him to pay Rohingya human trafficking victim 126,900 baht as...

Rethinking Europe’s Asylum System: Towards Better Protection and Equal Standards

From Human Rights at Sea. As global migration continues, the scale and scope of the issue and its related challenges mean that a new approach is needed in terms of law, policies and the handling of persons moving from State to State seeking asylum and a new home. This movement across land and sea borders will impinge on...

Tribunal suspends court proceedings against Marines

India and Italy yesterday were ordered to suspend all court proceedings involving two Italian marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen until a tribunal resolves an arbitral dispute. “Both Italy and India [should] suspend all court proceedings and refrain from initiating new ones which might aggravate or extend the dispute submitted to the Annex VII...

Australian Senate Committee Uncovering Human Rights Abuses occurring in the Detention of Asylum Seekers Arriving by Sea on Nauru

Press Release For Immediate release 10 August 2015   Australian Senate Committee Uncovering Human Rights Abuses occurring in the Detention of Asylum Seekers Arriving by Sea on Nauru Human Rights at Sea is closely monitoring the submissions and process of the Australian Senate Select Committee on the Recent Allegations relating to Conditions and Circumstances at...

Introducing the ‘Charter of Naples’ – The Way Forward to Deal with Migration in the Mediterranean Sea

Introducing the Charter of Naples Human Rights at Sea is pleased to introduce the Charter of Naples: a bilingual policy oriented document aimed to suggest to national and European policy-makers the way forward to deal with migrations in the Mediterranean Sea. The Charter, includes six concrete proposals, which acknowledge the results obtained from the initiative “Stakeholder...

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