Migrant SAR Training Goes Beyond SOLAS

Article first published by MAREX, 17 July 2015. Reproduced with express permission. An estimated 219,000 migrants crossing the Mediterranean in 2014 and 90,000 have crossing so far this year. A recent P&I club circular noted that a master that doesn’t do their duty under SOLAS Chapter V Regulation 33 can face up to two years’...

Human Rights at Sea partner with Marlins on new e-learning course

PRESS RELEASE Immediate Human Rights at Sea partner with Marlins on new e-learning course   UK-based charity, Human Rights at Sea is pleased to announce their co-operation with maritime training provider, Marlins, on the development and endorsement of a new e-learning course addressing the rescuing of migrants at sea. The new course, entitled “Humanitarian Response”, aims...

MEPs support shipping industry’s call for stronger Member State action in the Mediterranean

ECSA, the European Community Shipowners’ Associations and the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association (NSA) participated yesterday in a hearing on migration organised by the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) Committee in Strasbourg. The hearing was organised following the launch of the European Commission’s Agenda on Migration, on which this Committee has recently undertaken...

New Deprivation of Liberty at Sea Guidance

Press Release – For immediate release Human Rights at Sea (HRAS) together with the European Union’s MARSAFENET (COST Action IS1105) are delighted to announce the publishing of a new international and independent guidance for Deprivation of Liberty at Sea, which is available from today via the HRAS website. This is part of the HRAS ‘Unlocking...

Human Rights at Sea and the German Government’s Charter for the Future – An Update

Human Rights at Sea supports the German Government’s Charter for the Future. On 1 April 2014, the German Government embarked together on the path towards preparing a Charter for the Future. On 24 November 2014, at a Government Conference in Berlin, the Charter for the Future was passed and delivered to the German Chancellor Ms...

Press Release: Human Rights at Sea supporting efforts to locate migrant vessels abandoned at sea off Thailand

PRESS RELEASE IMMEDIATE LONDON. 14 May 2015. Human rights at Sea (HRAS) continues to work directly with organisations in SE Asia in the on-going matters of abandoned migrants abandoned at sea by traffickers, including Reuters. In the last 48 hours alongside Quintel Intelligence based in London and the leading news agency, HRAS has been seeking...

Migrant Rescue: Second blog post from Sea-Watch team

  Daniel Shepherd, Sea-Watch crew member and Human Rights at Sea Intern, posts the second blog for the Sea-Watch project en-route to the Mediterranean Sea in support of the international effort to assist in the rescue of migrants at sea. Here, he speaks on the legal duties to render assistance at sea and which apply...

Migrant rescue: New Sea-Watch Blog for the start of operations to rescue migrants in the Mediterranean

Human Rights at Sea is very pleased to be supporting the efforts of the German based Sea-Watch project whose aim is to assist in the rescue of migrants in the Mediterranean Sea. HRAS support comes from one of its interns, Daniel Shepherd, and who will be regularly blogging exclusively through the HRAS site as to...

HRAS Commentary. Legal, humanitarian and practical issues plague military targeting of Libyan traffickers’ boats

HRAS Commentary. Legal, humanitarian and practical issues plague military targeting of Libyan traffickers’ boats.       Photo credit. D Hammond. Introduction EU leaders have suggested that military capabilities should be used to deny Libyan human traffickers the use of their boats. The idea, coming from politicians such as the French President, Francois Hollande, Roberta...

HRAS Commentary on management and actions relating to the EU Mediterranean Migrant crisis by interested parties

A HRAS commentary as part of the”Unlocking the issue” global campaign. “Ultimately, intervention at sea costs money. This affects profits, a fact that should not be masked by apparent humanitarian benevolence once an arbitrary threshold for loss of life finally triggers action and seemingly moves sentiment.” The issue of Human Rights at Sea is now...

Human Rights at Sea launches new “Unlocking the issue” international campaign

PRESS RELEASE Human Rights at Sea launches long-term “Unlocking the issue” campaign. LONDON. 20 April 2015.  [Updated 24 May 2016]. “There is no requirement for human rights at sea….what happens at sea is the business of the ship owner and the flag Sate….it has not been an issue before, so why now?” Senior Shipping Executive....

NGO Shipbreaking Platform publishes South Asia Quarterly Update #5

Brussels, 10 April 2015. The NGO Shipbreaking Platform publishes today the fifth South Asia Quarterly Update, a briefing paper in which it informs about the shipbreaking industry in Bangladesh, India and Pakistan. Providing an overview of vessels broken on the beaches of South Asia, accidents, recent on-the-ground, legislative and political developments including our activities in South...

European and global operators of merchant ships and seafarers’ unions to urge EU Member States to take immediate collective action to address the growing humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean Sea

Photo Credit: TORM AS Brussels and London Wednesday 8 April 2015. Press release by the European Community Shipowners’ Association. THOUSANDS OF LIVES WILL BE LOST IN THE MEDITERRANEAN UNLESS EU GOVERNMENTS TAKE URGENT ACTION, SAY SHIPOWNER GROUPS AND SEAFARER UNIONS European and global operators of merchant ships have joined forces with seafarers’ unions to urge EU...

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