Seafarers Awareness Week 20-28 June 2015 – ‘Opportunities to Work at Sea’

Seafarers Awareness Week 20-28 June 2015 – ‘Opportunities to Work at Sea’ ‘Opportunities to Work at Sea’ will be the theme for this year’s Seafarers Awareness Week (20-28 June 2015), aiming to not only raise awareness of Britain’s dependence on seafarers but also to highlight the many career possibilities the maritime world offers young...

Thai Government makes right decision about prison labour program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Joint NGO Press Statement January 22, 2015 Thai Government makes right decision about prison labour program   (Washington, D.C.) — The Government of Thailand announced last week that it will scrap a proposed project to recruit prisoners to work on Thai fishing boats. The announcement came after 45 labor and human...

Thailand will not recruit prisoners to work on fishing vessels

MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF THE KINGDOM OF THAILAND PRESS RELEASE 19 January 2015 Thailand will not recruit prisoners to work on fishing vessels On 16 January 2015, Mr. Sek Wannamathee, Director-General of the Department of Information, as a member of the Sub-committee on public relations and laws under the National Policy Committee to...

Thai Prison Labour Plan attracts international media attention.

The joint letter from 45 NGOs and international human rights organisations to the Thai Prime Minister, Prayut Chan-o-cha, asking him to end a pilot project to recruit prisoners from Thailand’s correctional facilities to fill a labor shortage in the fishing industry, has drawn significant international media attention. The following are some of the identified links...

Thai Prison Labour Plan Draws International Condemnation: HRAS joins the call to the Thai Prime Minister

PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 14 January 2015 Thai Prison Labour Plan Draws International Condemnation Rights and Labor Groups Concerned Work on Fishing Boats (Washington, D.C.) — More than a dozen labor and human rights organizations today sent a letter to Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, asking him to end a pilot project...

Human Rights at Sea End of Year Message

Human Rights at Sea End of Year Message   Since its launch on 3 April 2014, the Human Rights at Sea initiative has developed well beyond the expectations of the HRAS founding team and all those involved in establishing what is a new, independent and internationally focused human rights platform that explicitly addresses issues...

Missing Seafarers & Fishers Reporting Programme – Introductory video & briefing

Human Rights at Sea is pleased to announce the release of a short introductory video produced to explain the background behind the forthcoming ‘Missing Seafarers & Fishers Reporting Programme’ as the flagship HRAS programme for missing seafarers and fishermen globally.   Outline Briefing Introduction The ‘Missing Seafarers & Fishers Reporting Programme’ is the flagship programme brought to...

The Migrant Offshore Aid Station joins with HRAS as a Supporting Entity

Human Rights at Sea is delighted to report that the Malta based Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) has joined HRAS as a Supporting Entity   As HRAS continues to grow and develop its international links with like-minded partners, direct engagement with the invaluable private migrant rescue work being led by the Catrambone family based out...

Shipping Industry calls on Governments to address migrants at sea crisis

12 December 2014 Speaking at a high level Dialogue on Protection at Sea, hosted by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Geneva, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has called on governments to address the growing refugee and migrant crisis in the Mediterranean. ICS Secretary General, Peter Hinchliffe, remarked: “The shipping...

The Law Society of England and Wales joins HRAS as a Supporting Entity

Human Rights at Sea is delighted to be able to announce that the Law Society of England and Wales has agreed to become a Supporting Entity of the HRAS initiative and its human rights work in the maritime sector. HRAS Founder, David Hammond, said: “Receiving this superb news from Sarah Smith,     the Law Society’s Human Rights...

Joint Statement on Protection at Sea in the Twenty-First Century

      Joint Statement on Protection at Sea in the Twenty-First Century 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 guard and navy resources, and affecting international...

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...

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