New Zealand Government drives legislative change in support of Seafarers’ Centres

London. UK. In partnership with the Chair of the New Zealand Seafarers Welfare Board, the Reverend John McLister of the Mission to Seafarers (NZ), Human Rights at Sea is pleased to announce the public policy statement by the New Zealand Government that it intends to amend the Maritime Transport Act 1994 to enable the existing maritime levy to fund the services required for seafarers’ wellbeing.

Human Rights at Sea Arbitration Website Goes Live

London, UK. Paris, France.  Today, UK-based independent charitable NGO Human Rights at Sea and the Paris-based arbitration practice of global law firm Shearman & Sterling LLP go live with a new website dedicated to the development of an international arbitration-based system of redress for victims of human rights abuses occurring at sea titled: “Human Rights at Sea Arbitration”.

Fisheries Observers’ Survey for Western and Central Pacific now live

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.

Video Testimony: Master defends COVID-19 Command Decisions for protecting Crew

London. UK. Former Master of the MV Tomini Destiny, Captain Rajnish Samuel Shah, has authorised the release by Human Rights at Sea of his personal testimony in defence of his command decisions made during the COVID-19 pandemic for the protection the health, safety and security of his crew during unloading operations off the Port of Chittagong, Bangladesh in late March 2020.

Lexis Nexis Law 360 publishes article on Human Rights at Sea Arbitration Project

London. UK. LEXIS NEXIS Law 360 recently published an article written by Caroline Simpson and edited by Jill Coffey on Human Rights at Sea and Shearman & Sterling Project Arbitration as Means for Effective Remedy for Human Rights Abuses at Sea, drawing insights from the July Arbitration Webinar . The Project is based on the concept of using international arbitration as a means for providing victims of human rights abuses at sea with an alternative route to effective remedy and justice.

COVID-19 P&I Insurance Coverage & Seafarers’ Rights

'Quarantine rules within P&I cover had never come under scrutiny, until this pandemic exposed an undeniable pattern of systemic risk.' London. UK. Human Rights at Sea today issues the latest of its Insight Briefing Notes covering P&I Insurance Coverage & Seafarers’ Rights during the COVID-19 pandemic. Researched by Jessie Santana-Carvalho LL.M. (Maritime Law), the Briefing Note outlines key considerations for seafarers, as well as considerations for P&I clubs. The document was submitted to the International Group of P&I Clubs.

Understanding the Role of a Fisheries Observer

‘‘If an observer discovers things they weren’t intended to know about, they can face intimidation, threats, violence and, in the worst cases, murder.’’ London. UK. Human Rights at Sea today issues the latest in its series of Insight Briefing Notes covering key human rights issues within the maritime environment. Titled 'The Role of a Fisheries Observer' the insight is provided by Martin Purves, who prior to his present role as the Managing Director of the International Pole and Line Foundation, spent years at sea in fisheries management roles, including as a fisheries observer.

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