UN experts condemn criminalisation of migrant rescues and threats to the independence of judiciary

Press Release 18th July 2019 Reproduced Article. GENEVA (18 July 2019) – UN human rights experts* have expressed grave concern over the detention and criminal proceedings in Italy against the German captain of the migrant rescue vessel Sea-Watch 3, and stated that the threats to the judge who ruled her release were unlawful. “Rescuing...

UN FAO Draft Guidance on Social Responsibility in Fisheries and Aquaculture Value Chains is available for public consultation

Press Release Friday 5 July 2019 London.UK.  The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) has published a Draft Guidance on Social Responsibility in Fisheries and Aquaculture Value Chains. The Draft Guidance  is available for public consultation on the e-platform so that it can be reached by actors along the fisheries and...

UN Global Compact Communication on Engagement 2019 Published

Press Release 13th March 2019 London. UK. Human Rights at Sea has published its second Communication on Engagement (COE) for the UN Global Compact to the UN Secretary General. The document outlines the ongoing developments for the charitable NGO, and its continued work as a non-business participant to support the UN Global Compact within...

Annual Letter to United Nations Global Compact Participants

Human Rights at Sea has been a member of the UN Global Compact since 2015   Posted by Lise Kingo, Executive Director, UN Global Compact  Are you ready to make the Sustainable Development Goals work for you? The adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris climate agreement in December have ushered in...

The Human Rights responsibilities of commercial vessels when rescuing migrants at sea

Human Rights at Sea recommends: NIKOLAS FEITH TAN While shipmasters have always played a role in search and rescue at sea, the current crisis in the Mediterranean has placed great pressure on the shipping industry. Since the sharp increase in migrants crossing the Mediterranean from North Africa into Europe, which began in 2014, the...

Letter to Secretary of State John Kerry regarding Thailand’s ranking in the 2015 TIP Report

Human Rights at Sea, alongside 25 international NGOs, have jointly submitted a letter to the US Secretary of State, The Honorable John F. Kerry concerning the ongoing issues of slavery and abuse at sea and abuse of human rights in Thailand that have resulted in Thailand retaining a Tier 3 rating.   Letter to...

Human Rights at Sea is welcomed by the UN Global Compact corporate social initiative

“The Global Compact asks companies to embrace universal principles and to partner with the United Nations. It has grown to become a critical platform for the UN to engage effectively with enlightened global business.” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Human Rights at Sea is pleased to announce that after an extended consultation and following on...

HRAS Commentary on management and actions relating to the EU Mediterranean Migrant crisis by interested parties

A HRAS commentary as part of the”Unlocking the issue” global campaign. “Ultimately, intervention at sea costs money. This affects profits, a fact that should not be masked by apparent humanitarian benevolence once an arbitrary threshold for loss of life finally triggers action and seemingly moves sentiment.” The issue of Human Rights at Sea is...

Human Rights at Sea End of Year Message

Human Rights at Sea End of Year Message   Since its launch on 3 April 2014, the Human Rights at Sea initiative has developed well beyond the expectations of the HRAS founding team and all those involved in establishing what is a new, independent and internationally focused human rights platform that explicitly addresses issues...

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...

UNHCR, IOM, IMO, UNODC and OHCHR Joint Statement on Protection at Sea in the Twenty-First Century

UNHCR, IOM, IMO, UNODC and OHCHR Joint Statement on Protection at Sea in the Twenty-First Century 10 December 2014 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...

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