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...

Human Rights at Sea welcomes joint IMO and IOM statement concerning migration by sea

Human Rights at Sea Founder, David Hammond, has welcomed today’s joint IMO-IOM statement concerning mixed migration and the overt affirmation by the two organisations to enhance their mutual co-operation and collaboration. Speaking from Malta where HRAS is meeting with local NGOs undertaking migrant operations, Mr. Hammond said: “The increasing focus of the IMO in looking at...

Migrant rescue: SeaWatch Blog update – Team in Lampedusa

The SeaWatch project blog has been updated Latest news is that the SeaWatch team are now to be based in Lampedusa, Italy. “After seemingly ending the day with a brief media interview and meeting with one of Save the Children’s representatives working at the Island’s purposely built refugee camp, Harald, Peter and I headed off...

SE Asia migrant slow deaths at sea reported off Thailand

  Article first reported in Phuket Wan Tourism NewsPicture: HRAS. UPDATE We Beg for Your Help, Says Thirsty Boy as Passengers Weaken on Stranded Death Ship By Chutima Sidasathian and Alan Morison Wednesday, May 13, 2015. BANGKOK: An exhausted refugee on a stranded boat told Phuketwan today that life is slowly ebbing from the men,...

HRAS Alert: Potential that 1000’s of trafficked persons have been abandoned at sea in SE Asia

HUMAN RIGHTS AT SEA PRESS RELEASE IMMEDIATE London. 12 May 2015. Human Rights at Sea (HRAS) has become aware through direct reporting to the organisation of the emerging issue of trafficked persons and migrants abandoned at sea predominantly comprised of the persecuted Rohingya people in the vicinity of the northern part of the Malacca Straits...

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...

Migrant Issue: European Council Special Meeting – Official Statement 23 April 2015

European Council Official Statement 1. The situation in the Mediterranean is a tragedy. The European Union will mobilise all efforts at its disposal to prevent further loss of life at sea and to tackle the root causes of the human emergency that we face, in cooperation with the countries of origin and transit. Our immediate...

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...

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