London. UK. The untimely and unexplained death in March 2020 of Kiribati Fisheries Observer Eritara Aati Kaierua while at sea on the Taiwanese-flagged vessel the WIN FAR 636 has been highlighted in the international press by The Guardian, including reference to the recently published Human Rights at Sea investigation report which took 12 months to compile.
Business & Human Rights Resource Centre (BHRRC) published its new briefing and platform – “All at sea: An evaluation of company efforts to address modern slavery in Pacific supply chains of canned tuna”.
London. UK. Calls for action on the welfare of crew and fisheries observers at the latest Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) meeting could see new, commission-level action to advance human rights protections.
London. UK. Human Rights at Sea publishes the fourth in a series of independent international reports and reviews concerning the safety, security and well-being of Fisheries Observers in the Western and Central Pacific region titled: 'Draft Proposal for Model Western & Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) Conservation & Management Measure (CMM) on Human Rights and Labour Rights Protections for Fisheries Observers' Safety, Security and Well-being'.
London, UK. Human Rights at Sea today issues two new major international peer-reviewed reports focusing on Fisheries Observer safety, security and well-being in the Western and Central Pacific region, including for Observers employed by Commonwealth States through Regional Fisheries Management Organisations.
London. UK. Human Rights at Sea in partnership with the University of Nottingham's Rights Lab and supported by the Association for Professional Observers, has today gone live with a new Fisheries Observer survey as part of ongoing work addressing the health, safety and well-being of Fisheries Observers in the Western and Central Pacific region.
"‘Once I was transshipped [the action of transferring fish or crew between vessels]. I was put into a steel crate (the one they keep fish in) along with my belongings and my papers in a plastic bag. They put floats or buoys around the crate so that it would float; they gave me a torch. It was 5 o’clock in the afternoon when they dropped me over the side with my gear but it wasn’t until nearly 10 o’clock before the second vessel came and picked me up: I was all alone, wet and floating in a steel crate, in the black ocean."
London.UK. The Business and Human Rights Resource Centre (BHRRC) has launched a new web portal covering the Pacific region. The new platform was announced at the Geneva based UN Forum on Business and Human Rights forum 'Advancing the BHR Agenda in the Pacific' with the aim to bring the broad range of Pacific business and human rights challenges into sharper focus, and amplify local and community voices from the region.
Press Release 24th July 2019 “He was stabbed with a knife below his heart by a Chinese crewman.” London. UK. In partnership with Fijian-based NGO, Pacific Dialogue, Human Rights at Sea publishes the fifth case study in the current series exposing the consequences and challenges for families of seafarers who have suffered and died as a...
Opinion Piece 4th July 2019 Suva, Fiji. The Fijian partner to Human Rights at Sea, the NGO Pacific Dialogue, released an OP-ED for the occasion of the 2019 ‘Day of the Seafarer’ which is reproduced for an increased awareness of the history, issues and work being carried out in the Pacific by seafarers which is...
PACIFIC FISHERIES – NEW BHRRC REPORT London, UK. At the start of the week, the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre (BHRRC) launched a new briefing and online platform Out of Sight: Modern Slavery in Pacific Supply Chains of Canned Tuna – A Survey and Analysis of Company Action and issued a detailed report. The report highlights...