New Deprivation of Liberty at Sea Guidance

Press Release – For immediate release Human Rights at Sea (HRAS) together with the European Union’s MARSAFENET (COST Action IS1105) are delighted to announce the publishing of a new international and independent guidance for Deprivation of Liberty at Sea, which is available from today via the HRAS website. This is part of the HRAS...

Asia’s Boat People: Smuggled or Trafficked?

Article reproduced with express permission of author. May 27 2015. BANGKOK— For years, oppressed Rohingya from Myanmar and impoverished Bangladeshis risked perilous sea journeys on rickety wooden boats in search of a better future. Many headed for Malaysia. In recent weeks, clandestine transit routes through Thailand have been shut down, and thousands of people who...

SE Asia migrant slow deaths at sea reported off Thailand

  Article first reported in Phuket Wan Tourism NewsPicture: HRAS. UPDATE We Beg for Your Help, Says Thirsty Boy as Passengers Weaken on Stranded Death Ship By Chutima Sidasathian and Alan Morison Wednesday, May 13, 2015. BANGKOK: An exhausted refugee on a stranded boat told Phuketwan today that life is slowly ebbing from the...

HRAS Alert: Potential that 1000’s of trafficked persons have been abandoned at sea in SE Asia

HUMAN RIGHTS AT SEA PRESS RELEASE IMMEDIATE London. 12 May 2015. Human Rights at Sea (HRAS) has become aware through direct reporting to the organisation of the emerging issue of trafficked persons and migrants abandoned at sea predominantly comprised of the persecuted Rohingya people in the vicinity of the northern part of the Malacca...

Migrant rescue: New Sea-Watch Blog for the start of operations to rescue migrants in the Mediterranean

Human Rights at Sea is very pleased to be supporting the efforts of the German based Sea-Watch project whose aim is to assist in the rescue of migrants in the Mediterranean Sea. HRAS support comes from one of its interns, Daniel Shepherd, and who will be regularly blogging exclusively through the HRAS site as...

HRAS Commentary. Legal, humanitarian and practical issues plague military targeting of Libyan traffickers’ boats

HRAS Commentary. Legal, humanitarian and practical issues plague military targeting of Libyan traffickers’ boats.       Photo credit. D Hammond. Introduction EU leaders have suggested that military capabilities should be used to deny Libyan human traffickers the use of their boats. The idea, coming from politicians such as the French President, Francois Hollande,...

Migrant Issue: European Council Special Meeting – Official Statement 23 April 2015

European Council Official Statement 1. The situation in the Mediterranean is a tragedy. The European Union will mobilise all efforts at its disposal to prevent further loss of life at sea and to tackle the root causes of the human emergency that we face, in cooperation with the countries of origin and transit. Our...

European Commission: Ten point action plan on migration

European Commission – Press release Joint Foreign and Home Affairs Council: Ten point action plan on migration Luxembourg, 20 April 2015 At a joint meeting of Foreign and Interior Ministers, chaired by High Representative / Vice-President Federica Mogherini and held in Luxembourg, Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Commissioner Avramopoulous presented a 10 point plan...

European and global operators of merchant ships and seafarers’ unions to urge EU Member States to take immediate collective action to address the growing humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean Sea

Photo Credit: TORM AS Brussels and London Wednesday 8 April 2015. Press release by the European Community Shipowners’ Association. THOUSANDS OF LIVES WILL BE LOST IN THE MEDITERRANEAN UNLESS EU GOVERNMENTS TAKE URGENT ACTION, SAY SHIPOWNER GROUPS AND SEAFARER UNIONS European and global operators of merchant ships have joined forces with seafarers’ unions to urge...

Appeal to Europe to take on the commitment to protect the rights and safety as a priority objective for the protection of migrants and the communities that host them.

Rome 12/02/2015. 3 October 2013: 366 confirmed dead; 10 February 2015: 300 confirmed dead. Amid other 3,363 victims – according to figures provided yesterday by the Italian Home Office with reference to the Mare Nostrum operation, replaced by Triton last January – as if to say that in front of such a humanitarian emergency...

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...

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...

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...

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