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...

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...

Norwegian Shipowners’ Association Says No to Beaching

Brussels – The Norwegian Shipowners’ Association says no to the beaching of end-of-life vessels – the NGO Shipbreaking Platform, a global coalition of 19 environmental and human rights organisations, welcomes this decision and calls on other ship owners and their associations to mirror the Norwegian position. In an op-ed published yesterday in Dagens Næringsliv,...

Press Release: Refugee Law Observatory partners with Human Rights at Sea

The Refugee Law Observatory has partnered with Human Rights at Sea for ongoing academic research and advocacy concerning refugees. The purpose of the Observatory is to enhance the capacity of legal practitioners and others interested to understand and apply refugee law in practice using balanced, practice oriented videos on refugee law. It also provides...

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...

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...

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...

Reverend Ken Peters wins 2015 Seafarers Welfare Judge’s Special Award

Judges’ Special Award Rev’d Ken Peters, Mission to Seafarers The Revd Canon Ken Peters has worked for over 35 years for global maritime charity The Mission to Seafarers and is regarded as one of the world’s leading international seafarers’ welfare advocates. He influences policy and makes representations on behalf of seafarers and their families at...

MPHRP Regional Director wins Seafarers’ Welfare Personality of the Year award

MPHRP regional director wins seafarers’ welfare personality of the year award Mr Chirag Bahri, Regional Director for South Asia of the Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Programme (MPHRP) has won the Dr Dierk Lindemann Welfare Personality of the Year Award at a ceremony held at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), London on June 9, hosted...

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...

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...

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...

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