Chinese Seafarers: An Invisible Group

  The HRAS Interview with Dr Pengfei Zhang – Chinese Seafarers: An Invisible Group The latest interview from the ‘HRAS Interview’ platform comes from Dr Pengfei Zhang where he discusses in detail the challenges of Chinese seafarers and the effects of international legislation which protects seafarers rights. In recent years, China has emerged as a world...

Human Rights Day 2016 – CEO’S Message

Today, we celebrate and promote Human Rights Day across the globe. This commemorates the day on which, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In 1950, the Assembly passed resolution 423 (V), inviting all States and interested organizations to observe 10 December of each year as Human Rights Day....

Sexual violence at sea. Dr. Lynn Simpson – Being the Only Woman Onboard

Being The Only Woman On Board [Part 2/3] The first thing veterinarian Dr Lynn Simpson did before boarding the livestock carriers that she worked on for the first time was to slip on a wedding ring. Even though she wasn’t married, it helped to deter unwanted attention from the men she encountered at sea and...

Women at Sea: Dr. Lynn Simpson – ‘Captains, Caring and Consequences’

Over the following three-part series, the Human Rights at Sea Interview speaks to Dr. Lynn Simpson as a woman at sea in her previous role as a Veterinarian working on livestock carriers. The series covers many issues including the way in which Dr. Simpson was treated by Captains, other crew, abuses she suffered and the working environment...

Women at Sea: Dr. Lynn Simpson – 'Captains, Caring and Consequences'

Over the following three-part series, the Human Rights at Sea Interview speaks to Dr. Lynn Simpson as a woman at sea in her previous role as a Veterinarian working on livestock carriers. The series covers many issues including the way in which Dr. Simpson was treated by Captains, other crew, abuses she suffered and the working environment...

Submission to UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment

Tragedy in the Marine Commons: The Intertwined Exploitation of Ocean Ecosystems and Fisheries Workers Alongside eight other internationally recognised NGOs, Human Rights at Sea has been engaged with and leant its weight to a core working group looking at the continued exploitation of fisheries workers at sea and the connections between human rights and labour...

Human Rights Conference unites Fisheries Community

Press Release 18 July 2016 IMHR Unites Fisheries over Human Rights The International Maritime Human Rights Conference (IMHR) is delighted to announce its latest sponsors: The National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations (NFFO), the Pelagic Freezer-trawler Association (PFA) and the Sociaal fonds voor de trawlvisserij (SFT). The event, taking place on 14 September, will address the...

UK Seafarers Awareness Week promoting maritime jobs for future generations

Seafarers UK, the unique maritime charity that oversees the whole UK maritime environment, calls on both the Government and the UK shipping industry to invest in training of British Merchant Navy officers to meet huge manpower shortfall. This year, their ‘Seafarers Awareness Week’ (20-26 June) has the specific theme of promoting ‘Maritime Jobs for Future...

Case Study: New Zealand Foreign Charter Vessels Amendment Act in force – protecting fishers?

“Once vessels are flagged to New Zealand the full range of New Zealand law including employment relations and workplace health and safety law will automatically apply and be enforceable.” Hon NATHAN GUY (Minister for Primary Industries) 14 February 2013 Over the last decade, the New Zealand fishing industry has been shaken by a series of...

Human Rights at Sea expands its global flagship ‘Missing Seafarers & Fishers Reporting Programme’

PRESS RELEASE HUMAN RIGHTS AT SEA 28 April 2016. Human Rights at Sea expands global flagship programme to record and investigate cases of missing seafarers to now include missing fishers at sea. The updated and re-titled ‘Missing Seafarers and Fishers Reporting Programme’ is a reflection of the increasing scope of the Human Rights at Sea...

The HRAS Interview: Robert Robinson North of England P&I Club – Seafarers Isolated Despite Greater Connectivity

Seafarers Isolated Despite Greater Connectivity Better digital communication technology can compound isolation problems at sea by reducing social interaction on board. Rather than chat, play games or watch videos with other crew members, it is now all too easy for seafarers to retreat to their cabins with their mobile devices. HRAS spoke to North P&I...

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