London. UK. / Brisbane, Australia. A globally dispersed community of seafarers from Kiribati are at the epicentre of an arduous struggle for repatriation following their displacement during the crew change crisis. Human Rights at Sea has today published a case review addressing their future in the global shipping industry following peer review.
LONDON. UK. In the past months, Human Rights at Sea along with in-country partners, has been discreetly pursuing its Maritime Levy Campaign in Australia. This is focused on following-up on recent State-level success in New Zealand updating national legislation for all seafarer welfare centers to be sustainably funded through a dedicated maritime levy contribution.
London. UK. / Constanza, Romania. The stranded Panamanian flagged MV ALI BEY (IMO 9070515) crew who have been abandoned and detained alongside Constanza port in Romania since 30 November 2020 without wage payment and suffering challenging conditions onboard have provided Human Rights at Sea with updated video testimony as to their position which amounts to a bleak outlook.
London. UK. Human Rights at Sea (HRAS) has worked with Wesfarmers, one of Australia's largest-listed companies, to improve contractual safeguards within head agreements with shipping carriers. This work was recently reported in the release of the Wesfarmers Modern Slavery Statement for 2021.
Press Release 9 September 2021 London. UK. Following a 48 hour period of ongoing controversy after the UK Home Office suggested that push-backs of migrant boats crossing the English Channel would be used in limited and specific circumstances by UK Border Force vessels to redirect migrants into French territorial waters, the BBC has spoken with...
London. UK. On the English south coast bordering The English Channel the number of migrants and refugees crossing from France to England seeking a better future has seen a surge this week with a period of good weather. Today, it has been announced in the UK press that the UK Home Office is preparing for the UK Border Force to push back boats containing migrants and refugees into French waters thereby challenging international and maritime law positions for the long-standing assurance of safety of life at sea.
London. UK. / Auckland. New Zealand. At 4 am on June 20 2011, the entire Indonesian crew (32) walked off the Oyang 75 when it berthed in Port Lyttleton, Christchurch. This was the first time, anywhere in the world, an entire crew had walked off a South Korean factory trawler. They had been fishing at sea for only five weeks, on its first outing in New Zealand waters, yet already the crew had had enough of the abuses they had suffered by Korean officers within that short time period.
London. UK. Human Rights at Sea is delighted to welcome Martyn Illingworth into the role of Head of Operations and Development. Martyn will lead on the implementation of our ambitious strategy, as we grow our organisation and our impact. He joins us from a background in management in the civil and public sectors where he has worked for NGOs, governments, and UN agencies.
London. UK. The geo-political case of the hijacking in July 2020 of the GULF SKY from UAE waters to Iran with 28 Indian crew has been further investigated by the BBC in a long-read article now available on-line.
London. UK. The UK-based charitable NGO Human Rights at Sea (HRAS) has called upon the IMO to increase its level of transparency and factual detail in the public reporting of cases reflecting human and labour rights abuse of seafarers.
London. UK. / Brisbane. Australia. Concerns for the future of Kiribati’s maritime workforce have escalated across the small Pacific Island nation, as the community appeals to the government to bring home more than 250 I-Kiribati seafarers stranded overseas.
London. UK. The Geneva Declaration on Human Rights at Sea, together with its Annexes, is currently in the final stages of drafting for publication. The Declaration is a soft-law instrument that highlights the applicable rules and standards to be maintained in defence of fundamental human rights at sea. It reflects existing law and, importantly, does not attempt to generate any new legal obligations for States. It is intended, therefore, as a guide to enhance compliance with the law as it stands deliberately focusing on practical means of applying Human Rights standards throughout the maritime environment.
London. UK. A new and comprehensive podcast hosted by China Post (Now News) covering migrant fishers and their rights is now available featuring Kimberley Rogovin, Senior Seafood Campaign Coordinator for the Global Labour Justice & International Labour Rights Forum.
London. UK. The consequences of port closures during the COVID-19 pandemic have highlighted flaws in the implementation of international law designed to protect the human rights of those at sea, according to a study by Dr Sofia Galani, Senior Lecturer in Public International Law at the University of Bristol and Human Rights at Sea Advisory Board member.
London. UK. At the time of writing, the current situation with over 550 rescued persons onboard the Ocean Viking humanitarian rescue ship operating in the central Mediterranean is dire. Over the past five days, the vessel and crew have conducted six rescues yet have still not been allocated a place of safety to disembark their passengers. Men, women, children, as well as pregnant women remain on overcrowded decks with minimal shelter, while food provisions are running low.