World Day against Human Trafficking 2020 – Seafood Working Group Statement

London. UK. On World Day against Human Trafficking, the Seafood Working Group, of which Human Rights at Sea is a member, has put out a statement in response to Thailand’s ranking in the 2020 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report. The SWG is a coalition of over 60 labor rights, human rights, and environmental non-governmental organizations....

Marine Stewardship Council’s funding pledge to address fishery observer safety welcomed

Press Release 23 July 2020 London. UK. Human Rights at Sea today welcomes the announcement by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) that new research funding will be made available to address the issue of improvements to Fisheries Observer safety following recent international initiatives and public reports on the issue. The announcement comes after the...

New Report. New Zealand Seafarer Welfare Centres Lack Government and Industry Support

“It is not something we can sustain into the future. We desperately need the shipping companies, port authorities and all those who profit from the maritime sector to make some financial contribution to the care of crews coming ashore inNew Zealand.” The Reverend John McLister, Lyttelton, New Zealand. London, UK. / Lyttelton, New Zealand.  Today, Human Rights at Sea...

South Western Fish Producer Organisation releases 2019 Business and Human Rights Audit

London, UK / Ivybridge, Devon, UK.  Today, sees the public release of the inaugural South Western Fish Producers Organisation (SWFPO) Ltd Business and Human Rights Audit dated 10 January 2019 through the Human Rights at Sea independent platform. Commenced in late 2018 and submitted in January 2019, the comprehensive report was commissioned by SWFPO...

A Challenging Review of Maritime Industry support for Business and Human Rights

Press Release 4 March 2019 “Over the last seven years there has been little concerted and collaborative effort by the shipping industry to embed the concept, develop unified policies, drive effective remedy and demonstrate public accountability in the field of business and human rights.” London. UK. Human Rights at Sea today issues a new...

Concern for missing Second Officer from Singapore flagged THALASSA PATRIS IMO 9665607

Press Release 9th December 2019 London. UK. Human Rights at Sea has been contacted by the UMTUF Union, Odessa, Ukraine requesting support to the family of Ukrainian missing seafarer Second Officer Maslov Vladyslav on the Singapore flagged vessel THALASSA PATRIS by highlighting the case. Available details to date state that the Second Officer was lost apparently overboard...

Labour Disputes and Power imbalances in the Taiwanese Fishing Industry

London. UK. Following recent advocacy work aimed at achieving ongoing improvements in the working conditions and protections for all fishers in the Taiwanese fishing industry, Human Rights at Sea today issues a new evidential case study. Highlighting the worrying power imbalance between migrant fishers, recruitment and manning agencies resulting in poor welfare support, the...

New Indian Koli Fishing Community Human Rights Baseline Study published

Reflecting ongoing human rights research work throughout the maritime environment and associated supply chains today Human Rights at Sea publishes their baseline field report for the Koli fishing community who live and work at sea in Mumbai, India. Undertaken in the field during the monsoon period the charity's local researchers spent time with the...

Pacific Fisheries Abuses: Testimony of Fijian Fishing Widows, Mother and Sister

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...

Second Flag States and Human Rights Report Published

Press Release 9 June 2019 London, UK. Human Rights at Sea, in partnership with the University of Bristol Law School Human Rights Implementation Centre, today issues the second independent public report: ‘An evaluation of Flag State Practice in Monitoring, Reporting and Enforcing Human Rights Obligations on Board Vessels’ as part of an ongoing study into...

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