Ocean Viking assigned a Place of Safety in Lampedusa Italy

Press Release 15th September 2019 London, UK. The Ocean Viking receives instruction to disembark the 82 rescued people in Lampedusa, Italy. First humanitarian search and rescue ship authorized to proceed to an Italian Place of Safety in 14 months. Paris, Marseille, September 14, 2019. On Saturday, September 14, the Ocean Viking was informed...

‘High Seas Low Deeds’: New Internationalist Magazine highlights Human Rights at Sea work

The award winning New Internationalist Magazine in its latest issue has highlighted the work undertaken by Human Rights at Sea in the development of global awareness of human rights abuses in the maritime environment through exposure of some of the issues covered and case studies published by the charity....

New Indian Koli Fishing Community Human Rights Baseline Study published

Reflecting ongoing human rights research work throughout the maritime environment and associated supply chains today Human Rights at Sea publishes their baseline field report for the Koli fishing community who live and work at sea in Mumbai, India. Undertaken in the field during the monsoon period the charity's local researchers spent time with the...

Human Rights and International Solidarity Special Rapporteur Briefing Note

Press Release 21st August 2019 London, UK. Human Rights at Sea today publishes new briefing note reviewing the report of the UN Independent Expert and special rapporteur on human rights and international solidarity with implications for human rights at sea. The UN report is the third prepared by the Independent Expert, Obiora Chinedu Okafor,...

Independent review of UAE legal and policy protections for Seafarers

Press Release 12th August 2019 Dubai. UAE. / London. UK. Human Rights at Sea today issues an independent review and briefing note on the current legal and policy protections for seafarers operating in United Arab Emirates (UAE) waters following on from the series of high-profile abandonment cases since late 2018 highlighted by the charity’s...

Geneva Declaration on Human Rights at Sea featured on Swiss RTS Radio

Press Release 12th August 2019 Geneva. Switzerland. Radio Télévision Suisse (RTS), the Geneva based Swiss public broadcasting organisation introduced and featured the Geneva Declaration on Human Rights at Sea during their 8 a.m. news feature this morning. RTS is in charge of the production and broadcasting of radio programming in French for Switzerland providing national...

China fishing vessel safety workshop looks towards treaty ratification

Press Release 6th August 2019 London. UK. National workshop discussed China’s potential ratification and implementation of fisheries-related conventions, including IMO’s 2012 Cape Town Agreement (CTA), aimed at improving safety standards on fishing vessels, and the 1995 Standards on Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Fishing Vessel Personnel (STCW-F). ​Fisheries-related conventions...

Pacific Fisheries Abuses: Testimony of Fijian Fishing Widows, Mother and Sister

Press Release 24th July 2019 “He was stabbed with a knife below his heart by a Chinese crewman.” London. UK. In partnership with Fijian-based NGO, Pacific Dialogue, Human Rights at Sea publishes the fifth case study in the current series exposing the consequences and challenges for families of seafarers who have suffered and died as...

Iranian Ship Detentions: Time for updated Deprivation of Liberty at Sea Guidance

Press Release 22 July 2019 London. UK. Following the detention by Iranian Revolutionary Guard forces of the UK-flagged Stena Impero on Friday 19 July and the latest reported actions which have seen the 23 person crew taken off the ship for “questioning”, Human Rights at Sea renews its call for widely-accepted UN guidance outlining the...

Norwegian Flag and owners step up to support new humanitarian rescue vessel in Mediterranean

Press Release 22 July 2019 London, UK. The Norwegian Flag and Norwegian owners have stepped up to provide a new civil society humanitarian rescue vessel the Viking Ocean to be operated in the central Mediterranean reflecting a renewed joint partnership between SOS MEDITERRANEE and Doctors Without Borders (MSF) for the rescue of persons in distress at...

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...

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