UNHCR, IOM, IMO, UNODC and OHCHR Joint Statement on Protection at Sea in the Twenty-First Century

UNHCR, IOM, IMO, UNODC and OHCHR Joint Statement on Protection at Sea in the Twenty-First Century 10 December 2014 We are deeply concerned about the loss of life, injury, trauma and serious human rights violations affecting migrants, asylum-seekers and refugees traveling by sea. The situation is stretching rescue and reception infrastructure, as well as coast...

Human Rights Watch – Thailand: Don’t Supply Prisoners to Fishing Boats

For Immediate Release Thailand: Don’t Supply Prisoners to Fishing Boats  End Pervasive Abuse in Fishery Sector (New York, December 11, 2014) – Thailand’s military government should cancel a plan to encourage prisoners to work on fishing boats given the widespread abuses in the Thai fishery sector, Human Rights Watch said today. On December 4, 2014,...

The success of the Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS)

    MOAS – MIGRANT OFFSHORE AID STATION   A Story to tell by Elizabeth Mavropoulou Introduction Most people will remember the immense tragedy following the shipwreck of a boat carrying 500 migrants, most of them Eritreans and Somalis, from Africa to Europe that sank off the southern Italian island of Lampeduza, taking with it...

The Fishermen’s Mission joins Human Rights at Sea as a Supporting Entity expanding the HRAS message into the fishing community

The Fishermen’s Mission has joined the Human Rights at Sea initiative as the latest Supporting Entity and partner in advancing human rights provisions and awareness on behalf of both the UK fishing industry and world-wide where able. HRAS Founder, David Hammond said: “The support of the UK fishing community through The Fishermen’s Mission means that Human...

New Zealand anti-slavery campaigner receives award

“Mr. Daren Coulston has dedicated years to fighting slavery in the New Zealand fishing industry – the majority of this work has been without financial compensation or recognition. He has given a voice to foreign migrant crew to curtail the abuses and claim their rightful entitlements. This is despite the emotional and financial hardships Daren,...

ISWAN joins the HRAS network of Supporting Entities

Human Rights at Sea is delighted to welcome the International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) to the HRAS organisation and expanding network, making ISWAN the 43rd Supporting Entity to assist in the global development of the HRAS initiative. The International Seafarers Welfare and Assistance Network is an organisation that promotes seafarers welfare worldwide and...

The World G18 Somalia diaspora organisation becomes the 41st Supporting Entity of Human Rights at Sea

The World G18 Somalia diaspora organisation has become the 41st Supporting Entity to the Human Rights at Sea initiative. HRAS Founder, David Hammond, said: “Through the UN Association’s Westminster branch, HRAS has been introduced to the World G18 Somalia organisation and which will support our work in Somalia to enable the spread of the Human Rights at...

HRAS gives Presentation on Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Germany

PRESS RELEASE 30 September 2014 On 30.09.2014, Jens Dieckmann, Attorney at law and HRAS Head in Germany, gives a key note on “International Human Rights Protection for Refugees at High Sea” during an international conference on EU Migration Policy, organized by German Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Bonn. Fellows of the foundation from 21 different countries...

HRAS in Germany invited to give key note speech on the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles in the maritime sector.

PRESS RELEASE 30 September 2014 On 1 October 2014, Jens Dieckmann, Attorney at Law and Head of HRAS in Germany is invited by the German “Forum Menschnrechte” (Forum for Human Rights) to give a key note on HRAS and the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in the maritime sector.The...

Human Rights at Sea partners with Finance Against Trafficking to bring a new on-line CSR anti-trafficking assurance tool to the maritime industry

     HRAS is delighted to be able to announce its partnership with the international NGO Finance Against Trafficking and the immediate availability of a new cost-effective on-line CSR tool for use by all commercial entities within the maritime industry known as ‘ChainChecker’. HUMAN TRAFFICKING – YOUR BUSINESS “People trafficking is the fastest growing crime around the world...

HRAS welcomes New Zealand Government’s first charges for human trafficking

Three Indian males living in New Zealand have been arrested and two charged in relation to people trafficking in what is the first such incidence of an apparent crack-down by New Zealand authorities into such illegal activities. Photo Credit: ALDEN WILLIAMS/FAIRFAX NZ The defendants have been charged under the Crimes Act 1961 for arranging by deception the entry...

The Human Rights at Sea international initiative contributes to the German Federal Government’s initiative “Charter of the Future – One World – Our Responsibility” by invitation as part of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.

  The HRAS international initiative is strongly represented in Germany. Its engagement with and by the German Federal Government has been a leading example of direct European engagement on the international issue of promoting human rights at sea, associated good governance and best practice for human rights in the maritime environment. The crucial importance of...

Apparent acts of murder of seafarers on the high seas now under investigation

Source: Stuff, New Zealand YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eq6wVaB8Wnc&feature=youtu.be  [FOOTAGE YET TO BE VERIFIED] “A video that appears to show fishermen being murdered at sea has been posted on YouTube. The 10 minute 26 second video went up earlier today. The video’s contents have not been verified but a Fiji Police source, who requested anonymity after alerting Fairfax to...

Korea Times News: Indonesian sailors seek $14 million in unpaid wages

Dong Won, Dong Nam taken to New Zealand court Former crew aboard the Dong Won 701, along with others, are at the center of a labour dispute between Indonesian sailors and Korean fishing companies being contested in New Zealand courts. / Courtesy of Marinetraffic.com  By Kim Young-jin Original Article: http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2014/08/116_162229.html   More than 200 Indonesian sailors...

HRAS & March on Stress combine to develop and deliver trauma and physiological training and support to seafarers, families, employers and victims of human rights abuses

HRAS is pleased to be able announce that March on Stress and HRAS have combined platforms to develop and deliver trauma and physiological training and support to seafarers, families, employers and victims of human rights abuses at sea. ABOUT March on Stress is the leading UK provider of trauma risk management (TRiM) training and other...

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