London. UK. Back in January, the ITF voiced the view that the newly introduced Neptune Declaration had reset expectations and made the shipping industry itself accountable for what amounted to forced labour for seafarers trapped by the COVID-19 pandemic. Nonetheless, accountability for enforcement of international conventions rests first and foremost with the State signatory, and while the Declaration has achieved a significant sign-on, its ability to influence outweighs any ability to enforce its asks.
London. UK. World Oceans Day has been celebrating the ocean on June 8th every year since 2002. Today, among the many activities, Human Rights at Sea was asked to engage with the World Youth Foundation to start to develop better awareness in the World's youth about the maritime environment and what human rights at sea refers to and means.
"We guys are fully exhausted and already [have] completed our contract..." London. UK. In the past two weeks, Human Rights at Sea has been contacted by seafarers from around the world highlighting their concerns and plight in relation to COVID-19. Many of their principle concerns have revolved around not being heard, not being well-represented and not having an individual voice.
London. UK. The first stage of the inaugural UK Fisheries Sector Human Rights and Social Welfare Baseline Project has started as part of new joint work between Human Rights at Sea and The Fishermen's Mission. Human Rights at Sea has been variously asked if there is a need for such an assessment in terms of the level of human rights and social welfare provisions in the sector.