Ocean Viking NGO ship rescues 274 people off Libya

 Press Release Thursday 20 February 2020   London.UK. The Ocean Viking, a rescue ship operated by SOS MEDITERRANEE in partnership with Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF) is waiting for a port to disembark 274 men, women and children, rescued over three rescue operations in the Central Mediterranean on February 18 and 19, 2020. Among them are...

Bullying and Harassment at Sea: A Clear and Present threat to Seafarers

London. UK. Human Rights at Sea today publishes a redacted example of testimony and background facts from a recent case highlighted in detail to the charity and other leading welfare entities concerning bullying and harassment towards an experienced Indian Chief Engineer by a Turkish Master on Marshall Islands flagged vessel....

NGO Shipbreaking Platform publishes list of ships dismantled Worldwide in 2019

Press Release Tuesday 4 February 2020 LONDON.UK.  According to new data released today by the NGO Shipbreaking Platform, 674 ocean-going commercial ships and offshore units were sold to the scrap yards in 2019. Of these vessels, 469 large tankers, bulkers, floating platforms, cargo- and passenger ships were broken down on only three beaches in...

Scottish Fisheries Skipper found guilty of assault and racially-aggravated harassment

London. UK. A Scottish skipper has been found guilty at Peterhead Sheriff's Court of assault and racially-aggravated harassment of five non-EEA crew members over a period of six years. It is reported that: "Gordon Hadden admitted racially harassing Jasen Gicale, Jason Gorgonia Gulane, Jay Suycano, Rolan Gulane Barte and Noly Frejoles on board the...

Ending Exploitative Recruitment Fees for Seafarers and Fishers

London.UK. “These misleading and exploitative recruitment practices by some labour recruiters and overseas employment agencies are a continued blight on raising social welfare and human rights standards in the global maritime sector”. Human Rights at Sea today publishes its latest briefing note on exploitative recruitment fees in the maritime sector and calls for an...

SAFETY4SEA Interviews HRAS on Industry Awareness of Human Rights at Sea

London, UK. Human Rights at Sea CEO was interviewed by SAFETY4SEA for their end-of-year Opinion piece covering industry's wider engagement with the concept and development of Human Rights at Sea. "2019 was a milestone year for addressing human rights at sea since the first version of the inaugural 'Geneva Declaration on Human Rights at...

Basel Parliamentary Grand Council votes positively for Geneva Declaration on Human Rights at Sea

Press Release 16th December 2019 London. UK. Following last months’ successful vote in Basel, Switzerland, for official recognition and signing of the Geneva Declaration on Human Rights at Sea, the charity is able to highlight the official records relating to the decision which was in favour of the proposed motion to support the charity’s...

Seafood Working Group Publishes Statement on the U.S. Government Decision to Suspend Thailand’s Trade Preferences Due to Worker Rights Issues

Press Release Wednesday 11 December 2019 On Human Rights Day 2019, the Seafood Working Group has published a Statement on the U.S. Government Decision to Suspend Thailand’s Trade Preferences Due to Worker Rights Issues. The statement is a result of the co-drafting of diverse organizations with a unified message, including Human Rights at Sea....

Geneva Declaration on Human Rights at Sea on-line platform launched on World Human Rights Day

London. UK.The 10thof December is World Human Rights Day. This is the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and is a key date in the calendar for human rights defenders to profile their valuable, challenging and often dangerous work helping to uphold and develop human rights provisions,...

Concern for missing Second Officer from Singapore flagged THALASSA PATRIS IMO 9665607

Press Release 9th December 2019 London. UK. Human Rights at Sea has been contacted by the UMTUF Union, Odessa, Ukraine requesting support to the family of Ukrainian missing seafarer Second Officer Maslov Vladyslav on the Singapore flagged vessel THALASSA PATRIS by highlighting the case. Available details to date state that the Second Officer was lost apparently overboard...

Labour Disputes and Power imbalances in the Taiwanese Fishing Industry

London. UK. Following recent advocacy work aimed at achieving ongoing improvements in the working conditions and protections for all fishers in the Taiwanese fishing industry, Human Rights at Sea today issues a new evidential case study. Highlighting the worrying power imbalance between migrant fishers, recruitment and manning agencies resulting in poor welfare support, the...

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