In Force. New Zealand Amends Legislation to provide assured Seafarer Welfare funding

London. UK. In a historic move, the New Zealand government has updated its Maritime Transport Act 1994 to reflect the effective lobbying undertaken by the New Zealand Seafarer's Welfare Board with the supporting independent report into failures to financially support seafarers and their welfare services by Human Rights at Sea issued in April 2020 with attached Counsel's opinion. The legislative amendment comes into force today.

[Updated] White Paper Issued for Innovative Use of Arbitration and Human Rights on UN International Day

Press Release 24 March 2020 Arbitration as a Means of Effective Remedy for Human Rights Abuses at Sea [Updated 10 May 2020 to include French Version and flow diagram now available to download] London, UK. Paris, France.  On the UN International Day for the Right to The Truth Concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for...

A Challenging Review of Maritime Industry support for Business and Human Rights

Press Release 4 March 2019 “Over the last seven years there has been little concerted and collaborative effort by the shipping industry to embed the concept, develop unified policies, drive effective remedy and demonstrate public accountability in the field of business and human rights.” London. UK. Human Rights at Sea today issues a new independent...

Basel Parliamentary Grand Council votes positively for Geneva Declaration on Human Rights at Sea

Press Release 16th December 2019 London. UK. Following last months’ successful vote in Basel, Switzerland, for official recognition and signing of the Geneva Declaration on Human Rights at Sea, the charity is able to highlight the official records relating to the decision which was in favour of the proposed motion to support the charity’s work...

Independent review of UAE legal and policy protections for Seafarers

Press Release 12th August 2019 Dubai. UAE. / London. UK. Human Rights at Sea today issues an independent review and briefing note on the current legal and policy protections for seafarers operating in United Arab Emirates (UAE) waters following on from the series of high-profile abandonment cases since late 2018 highlighted by the charity’s case...

Geneva Declaration on Human Rights at Sea featured on Swiss RTS Radio

Press Release 12th August 2019 Geneva. Switzerland. Radio Télévision Suisse (RTS), the Geneva based Swiss public broadcasting organisation introduced and featured the Geneva Declaration on Human Rights at Sea during their 8 a.m. news feature this morning. RTS is in charge of the production and broadcasting of radio programming in French for Switzerland providing national and...

India Driving National Human Rights at Sea Agenda

Press Release 15th July 2019 London, UK. The Indian Government and National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) are driving forward with the newly created ‘human rights at sea’ agenda in quick time following the first national seminar on the topic held in Mumbai on 28 February 2019, and last week’s historic NHRC meeting in New Dehli...

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 ratified...

Case Study: New Zealand Foreign Charter Vessels Amendment Act in force – protecting fishers?

“Once vessels are flagged to New Zealand the full range of New Zealand law including employment relations and workplace health and safety law will automatically apply and be enforceable.” Hon NATHAN GUY (Minister for Primary Industries) 14 February 2013 Over the last decade, the New Zealand fishing industry has been shaken by a series of...

Thailand: First Court Hearing for Human Trafficking Case of Migrant Fishing Boat Workers

Press Release Trang Provincial Court Set First Court Hearing for Human Trafficking Case of  Migrant Fishing Boat Workers from Myanmar on 13 May 2016 Background On 21 October 2015, officers from the Anti-Human Trafficking Center, Department of Special Investigation (DSI) and local police officers plus civil society organizations have raided and rescued 11 Myanmar migrant...

New Volunteer Maritime Rescuers: Awareness of Criminalisation Publication

         PRESS RELEASE Immediate Volunteer Maritime Rescuers: Awareness of Criminalisation UK. 19 April 2016. Human Rights at Sea publishes new international guidance. The independent maritime human rights charity, Human Rights at Sea, today publishes new independent guidance for volunteer maritime rescuers for their awareness of the potential risks of criminalisation when planning...

Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 comes into force

  Human Rights at Sea, as a signatory to the UN Global Compact and supporter of all efforts to eradicate modern slavery, today reports that Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 has come into force in English Law. Kevin Hyland OBE, the UK independent anti-slavery commissioner, has written a letter addressed to all UK-based signatories...

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