Our Theory of Change

As a Global Catalyst, we will mainstream the language of ‘human rights at sea’ within the narrative of the global maritime human rights environment and drive positive social change within our mandate. Our role is to inspire, enable and challenge response to human rights abuses at sea. We do this by stakeholder and community-building partnerships, and improving policy and legislative standards globally through monitoring, investigation, advocacy and public-reporting activities


Our Activities – The ‘RAIL’ Model

Development and promotion of Human Rights at Sea occurs through objective independent research,  the publishing of advocacy case studies, the development of maritime human rights projects and international programmes, the investigation of alleged abuses, provision of educational materials, commenting on and lobbying for national and international human rights legislation, policies and best practice

Research, Advocacy, Investigation and Lobbying


Our Stakeholders

Human Rights at Sea achieves its Mission, Vision and Charitable Objectives through direct engagement with international stakeholders and like-minded organisations known as ‘Supporting Entities’. These are entities who have a vested interest in positively developing the human rights landscape at sea. We also work in more detail with ‘Collaborative Partners’ on specific campaigns, projects and programmes


Our Working Model

Human Rights at Sea is a virtual organisation

The organisation has been deliberately conceived to be rapidly flexible in terms of its organisational structure allowing for swift adaptation to new issues, trends and incidents requiring objective engagement and commentary. Further, the organisation has been designed to operate remotely using technology in order to reduce the financial, logistical and carbon footprint. This design feature has been robustly tested with the charity having been run continuously and without interruption from Switzerland, Somalia, Qatar, Libya, Mali and throughout Europe since 2014 including the recent COVID-19 pandemic


Our Non-Profit Consultancy

As part of our business model we operate a non-profit subsidiary trading company as a paid-for Consultancy

Human Rights at Sea International (HRASi) Ltd