Flag States: How Can We Get Them to Improve their Performance?

London. UK. Chris Whomersley was Deputy Legal Adviser in the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office prior to his retirement in 2014. The following OP-ED reflects upon the 23 May 21 OP-ED by Captain Michael Lloyd who discussed the role of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea 1982 (UNCLOS), flag States roles and responsibilities, and the actions of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).

Watershed for Human Rights in Taiwan’s Fishery Sector

London. UK.  On May 6, 2021, Taiwan’s top ombudsperson institution, the Control Yuan, released a set of wide-ranging recommendations for the government to address the forced labor onboard Taiwan’s distant water fishing (DWF) fleets. This is an issue of increasing international notoriety since the United States Department of Labor listed Taiwan-caught fish in its List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor in September 2020.

English Channel Migrant Movement and Human Rights at Sea

People move.  Migration has always been a feature of the human condition and it will always be so. We cannot stop it and efforts to stem it will, in the long run, prove futile. Global population has ballooned in recent years and travel from region to region has increased. More and more people are on the move. Their motives for leaving their homes and seeking lives elsewhere are numerous, but two in particular are relevant to the ‘crisis’ that has developed in recent weeks in the English Channel.

OP-ED: Empty Ships, Empty Seas.

London. UK.  Reporting for Human Rights at Sea and following her previous OP-EDs, Port of London Authority Pilot, Ms. Ivana Carrioni-Burnett, provides another personal insight during the COVID-19 crisis. The current plight many seafarers are facing, unable to crew change or return home, is being described by many voices within the maritime community as the next humanitarian crisis.

OP-ED. Crew Voices: Fearful, Frustrated, Fatigued, Forgotten.

OP-ED 9 June 2020 London. UK.  Reporting for Human Rights at Sea and following her first OP-ED on 13 April, ‘A UK Marine Pilot’s Perspective of Seafarer’s Challenges‘, Port of London Authority Pilot, Ms. Ivana Carrioni-Burnett, provides another insight from her recent experiences in UK waters in relation to her interactions with seafarers during the...

Bangkok Post Op-Ed: Seafood industry must walk talk

The following Op-Ed was written by Art Prapha, Oxfam America’s Senior Private Sector Adviser and was published  in the Bangkok Post on the 5th of November 2019.  Human Rights at Sea replicates hereunder. “Recently, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced that the US will be suspending US$1.3 billion (39.2 billion baht) in...

From Mare Liberum to Mare Legitimum: In Pursuit of Safe and Secure Seas

London. UK. Professor Steven Haines, Professor of Public International Law University of Greenwich and Trustee of Human Rights at Sea presented at the NATO Maritime Operational Law Conference at the Spanish Armed Forces Higher Defence College (CESEDEN), Madrid, on the 24th September 2019. The following highlights the context and scope of his speech.

OP-ED: Alan McCulla OBE CEO Anglo North Irish Fish Producers’ Organisation

OP-ED 19th March 2019 London. UK. Alan McCulla OBE Chief Executive of the Anglo-North Irish Fish Producers Organisation/Sea Source and Chair of the Fishermen’s Welfare Alliance speaks about his background and upbringing into the Northern Irish fishing community, his drive for better working conditions and business transparency in the fishing industry, and his organisation’s relationship with...

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