HRAS Case Study: The Push Back Situation in Australia – Operation Sovereign Borders and “Stop the Boats”

THE PUSH BACK SITUATION IN AUSTRALIA A CASE STUDY ON HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES FOR INDONESIAN MIGRANTS AND REFUGEES TRYING TO SEEK REFUGE IN AUSTRALIA  Andrea Tang & David Hammond September 2014 PDF VERSION:    20140910-HRAS_Case_Study_The Push Back Situation in Australia   INTRODUCTION “This is a test of wills and Australia has lost. What counts...

Human Rights at Sea partners with Finance Against Trafficking to bring a new on-line CSR anti-trafficking assurance tool to the maritime industry

     HRAS is delighted to be able to announce its partnership with the international NGO Finance Against Trafficking and the immediate availability of a new cost-effective on-line CSR tool for use by all commercial entities within the maritime industry known as ‘ChainChecker’. HUMAN TRAFFICKING – YOUR BUSINESS “People trafficking is the fastest growing crime around the...

HRAS welcomes New Zealand Government’s first charges for human trafficking

Three Indian males living in New Zealand have been arrested and two charged in relation to people trafficking in what is the first such incidence of an apparent crack-down by New Zealand authorities into such illegal activities. Photo Credit: ALDEN WILLIAMS/FAIRFAX NZ The defendants have been charged under the Crimes Act 1961 for arranging by deception the...

The Human Rights at Sea international initiative contributes to the German Federal Government’s initiative “Charter of the Future – One World – Our Responsibility” by invitation as part of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.

  The HRAS international initiative is strongly represented in Germany. Its engagement with and by the German Federal Government has been a leading example of direct European engagement on the international issue of promoting human rights at sea, associated good governance and best practice for human rights in the maritime environment. The crucial importance...

Fijian Police close case of alleged Fijian fishermen being shot at sea

Police confirm case involving fishermen being shot is now closed Source: Fijivillage.com  Story by Praneeta Prakash   Tuesday, 26/08/2014 The Fiji Police Force confirms that the case in relation to a YouTube video revealing the graphic shooting of five seamen is now closed. Police Commissioner, Ben Groenewald said it has been established that the...

HRAS updates translation analysis of YouTube footage depicting murder of seafarers

WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES HRAS continues an independent investigation into the murder of five seafarers in international waters, with open-source release of further analysis of the YouTube mobile phone footage that was originally posted online on 17 August 2014. Language experts instructed by HRAS have been able to identify the following translations in both Mandarin and...

HRAS establishes independent human rights investigation into the murder of seafarers in international waters

HRAS announces the commencement of its own international investigation into the murders of seafarers in international waters. HRAS is being supported by the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) of the International Chamber of Commerce, Quintel Intelligence, Globus Intelligence as part of the Globus Foundation, the New Zealand Slave Free Seas NGO and southern hemisphere academics. HRAS...

Voice of America podcast on issue of murder of seafarers in international waters

Original source: VOA Reproduced with permission. “Authorities in several countries are examining a graphic video posted online that shows five men floating amid bits of a small upturned boat and being shot by laughing crew members of a larger vessel. VOA Correspondent Steve Herman reports from our Southeast Asia bureau in Bangkok”. PODCAST HERE...

HRAS obtains first translation of crew comments during murder of seafarers in international waters

HRAS has kindly been provided with verified translations of crew comments made over mobile phone footage during the YouTube video showing the murder of seafarers in international waters. The footage has been reviewed by specialist translators working for the EAP Research and Information Centre, Voice of America and is reproduced with the permission of Mr. Steve Herman Voice...

HRAS Founder comments on footage of murder of seafarers in international waters – TVNZ One News

        David Hammond, Founder of the Human Rights at Sea International initiative speaks on TVNZ One News breakfast show to answer questions over the recently posted YouTube footage depicting the murder of seafarers in international waters. Source: TVNZ One News http://tvnz.co.nz/breakfast-news/apparent-shooting-sea-part-wider-issue-video-6060663...

HRAS expands into Argentina with new correspondent – Dr. Agustín Blanco-Bazán

HRAS is very pleased to announce that its interests have been expanded into Argentina through its new South American correspondent, Dr. Agustín Blanco-Bazán. ABOUT Agustín Blanco-Bazán was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1949. After his graduation as a lawyer at the University of Buenos Aires he studied Philosophy, International Law and Political Sciences at...

HRAS Comment: Murder of seafarers on the High Seas – Update

MURDER OF SEAFARERS IN INTERNATIONAL WATERS WARNING – GRAPHIC IMAGES https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eq6wVaB8Wnc&feature=youtu.be   HRAS continues to investigate with other NGOs the factual background to this yet unverified footage. Whatever the location and background, the full footage clearly shows extra-judicial killings at sea, a failure to render assistance at sea and the killing of wounded seafarers;...

HRAS to speak at the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights Annual Conference Rome 10-11 November 2014

European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights Annual Conference Rome 10-11 November 2014 HRAS will be attending and speaking at the Working Group “Smuggling as a means of last resort to enter the EU”. The EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) is dedicating its annual flagship event, the Fundamental Rights Conference (FRC), to the importance...

Apparent acts of murder of seafarers on the high seas now under investigation

Source: Stuff, New Zealand YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eq6wVaB8Wnc&feature=youtu.be  “A video that appears to show fishermen being murdered at sea has been posted on YouTube. The 10 minute 26 second video went up earlier today. The video’s contents have not been verified but a Fiji Police source, who requested anonymity after alerting Fairfax...

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