Global Fishing Watch satellite data sheds light on slavery at sea 

Press Release  Tuesday 22 December London. UK.  Vessels known to have crew that are subject to forced labor behave in systematically different ways to the rest of the global fishing fleet, reveals a new paper published today in the scientific journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The discovery was used to build a...

Human Rights at Sea Welcomes WWF Statement

London.UK. Human Rights at Sea welcomes and supports the WWF statement on the issue of Human Rights Abuses at Sea published on the 3rd of July 2020. The full Statement can be read here and it is also replicated below: "WWF is committed to building a future where human well-being and nature conservation go hand-in-hand. Tens of millions of people work in this sector, either at capture, during processing or as part of scientific data collection. Observers are vulnerable at sea because the data they collect affects the stock assessments and various verification and/or certification processes – leaving them potential targets for intimidation and abuse, as has been reported in relation to some fishing vessels.

Ocean Viking NGO ship rescues 274 people off Libya

 Press Release Thursday 20 February 2020   London.UK. The Ocean Viking, a rescue ship operated by SOS MEDITERRANEE in partnership with Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF) is waiting for a port to disembark 274 men, women and children, rescued over three rescue operations in the Central Mediterranean on February 18 and 19, 2020. Among them are 22...

Seafood Working Group Publishes Statement on the U.S. Government Decision to Suspend Thailand’s Trade Preferences Due to Worker Rights Issues

Press Release Wednesday 11 December 2019 On Human Rights Day 2019, the Seafood Working Group has published a Statement on the U.S. Government Decision to Suspend Thailand’s Trade Preferences Due to Worker Rights Issues. The statement is a result of the co-drafting of diverse organizations with a unified message, including Human Rights at Sea. In...

Italian authorities allow the Ocean Viking to disembark 182 survivors in Italy

Central Mediterranean. On Sunday evening[22 October 2019], the Ocean Viking, a humanitarian rescue ship chartered by SOS MEDITERRANEE and operated in partnership with Médecins sans Frontières (MSF), received instructions from the Maritime Rescue Coordination Center (MRCC) of Rome to proceed to Messina, Italy, to disembark 182 people rescued at sea.

OP-ED: Sea-Watch Captain freed. A victory for humanitarian rescue at sea.

OP-ED 5 July 2019 Photo credit: Reuters Geneva, Switzerland. Captain Carola Rackete has now been freed, but the European political controversy continues. The judicial decision delivered a much needed victory for both common-sense and humanitarian acts of rescue at sea, thereby setting a precedent to be reflected on for all vessel Captains and policy makers alike....

Case filed against Greece in Strasbourg Court over Criminalising Search and Rescue

Press Release  April 23rd  2019 London.UK. Not-for-profit organisation Team Humanity’s founder Salam Aldeen through the representation of the Global Legal Action Network, have decided to take the Greek government to the Strasbourg Court, to held them accountable for the legal ordeal they have put Salam Aldeen and his crew through since 14th January 2016, when...

HRAS publishes Briefing Note on Criminalisation of Civil Society SAR Activities in the Mediterranean

Press Release 26th February 2019 London. UK.  Human Rights at Sea has published a new Briefing Note on the ‘Legal and Policy Matters Arising from the Increased Criminalisation of the Civil Society Search and Rescue Activities in the Mediterranean’. This is the second publication on the issue of the increasing levels of criminalisation of civil society...

HRAS Comments from Geneva on the status of the SAR NGO vessel Aquarius

PRESS RELEASE Tuesday 04 December 2018   Geneva. On November 30th, the Swiss Parliament has responded to a parliamentary inquiry on the possibility of letting the Aquarius, search-and-rescue (SAR) ship run by SOS Méditerranée and Médecins sans Frontières, denying the vessel to sail under the Swiss flag. The issue has stirred a national debate in the country known...

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