London, UK. Human Rights at Sea today publishes its Impact Report for the seventh year of charitable NGO work and activities in raising global awareness of human rights abuses at sea to drive institutional, legislative and policy change and better protections for the lives of those living, working, transiting and otherwise operating in the maritime environment.
London. UK. The untimely and unexplained death in March 2020 of Kiribati Fisheries Observer Eritara Aati Kaierua while at sea on the Taiwanese-flagged vessel the WIN FAR 636 has been highlighted in the international press by The Guardian, including reference to the recently published Human Rights at Sea investigation report which took 12 months to compile.
London. UK. Human Rights at Sea is pleased to formally announce the further expansion of its Board of Trustees with the addition of four new appointments in the key role of strategic oversight and governance for the day-to-day running of the charitable NGO and its global activities.
London. UK. The ongoing development of a new arbitration model and ad hoc international tribunal for addressing human rights abuses at sea by providing an alternative route to effective remedy has been reinforced with a new article for the International Bar Association by our project partners at Shearman and Sterling LLP.
London, UK. In a collaborative international effort with multiple stakeholders, Human Rights at Sea today issues a new Fisheries Observer Infographic 1.0 as a freely available first edition education and information tool detailing the context, scope and safety awareness of this key fisheries role. The tool forms part of the HRAS international programme for the Global Protection of Fisheries Observers which includes detailed reports and resources free to access on the subject matter.
London. UK. Following the unexpected death on 19 April 2021 of the Romanian Master of the MV VANTAGE WAVE (IMO: 9506514) Human Rights at Sea has been asked by the deceased's family, and instructed by Gard P&I insurers on behalf of owners’ and crew members’ interests, to bring urgent international attention to the case of the continued failure to repatriate the body after seven weeks by multiple States. The onboard situation is further exacerbated by a rapidly emerging issue of food and water shortages, with resupply and dis-embarkment permissions allegedly being denied by local Chinese authorities at the time of writing.
London. UK. Waseda University, Graduate School of Law in Tokyo has hosted a series of lectures under the title of the “Human Rights at Sea with and after COVID-19” with academic support from Human Rights at Sea Trustee Professor Steven Haines and HRAS Advisory Board Members Professor Irini Papanicolopulu, Dr. Sofia Galani and Professor Anna Petrig alongside Professor Seline Trevisanut of Utrecht University.
London. UK. The problem of stateless vessels operating at sea has been an issue which has occurred for millennia, but today in an ever-increasingly regulated maritime environment and with increasing public exposure of crew abuse it should be at the forefront of industry, state and civil-society awareness.
London. UK. Chris Whomersley was Deputy Legal Adviser in the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office prior to his retirement in 2014. The following OP-ED reflects upon the 23 May 21 OP-ED by Captain Michael Lloyd who discussed the role of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea 1982 (UNCLOS), flag States roles and responsibilities, and the actions of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).
London, UK. On the occasion of the Annual United Nations World Oceans Day, themed Ocean: Life and Livelihoods, Human Rights at Sea and global law firm Shearman & Sterling LLP will hold a webinar entitled “Confronting the Human Rights Crisis in Fisheries: How Arbitration Can Improve Fishers’ Access to Justice” on 8 June 2021, 13:00 CET.
Yrhen Bernard Sabanal Balinis, HRAS Advisory Board Member, offers a powerful take on how young maritime professionals can flourish and grow in their profession by cultivating their 'assertiveness' skills.
Updated 27 May 21. Download the Candidate Pack. Reflecting the expanding workload for Human Rights at Sea, the charity is actively recruiting a new UK-based member of staff as part of the senior leadership team in the role of Head of Operations and Development.
London. UK. Captain Michael Lloyd discusses the role of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea 1982 (UNCLOS), flag States roles and responsibilities and the actions of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).
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.
PODCAST 21 May 2021 London. UK. Following the publication this week of the 12-month investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of Kiribati fisheries observer, Eritara Aati Kaierua, at sea between 3-4 March 2020, Human Rights at Sea spoke with ABC News Pacific Beat programme and host, Inga Stünzner, on the case and the actions needed...