Migrant Issue: European Council Special Meeting – Official Statement 23 April 2015

European Council Official Statement 1. The situation in the Mediterranean is a tragedy. The European Union will mobilise all efforts at its disposal to prevent further loss of life at sea and to tackle the root causes of the human emergency that we face, in cooperation with the countries of origin and transit. Our...

HRAS Commentary on management and actions relating to the EU Mediterranean Migrant crisis by interested parties

A HRAS commentary as part of the”Unlocking the issue” global campaign. “Ultimately, intervention at sea costs money. This affects profits, a fact that should not be masked by apparent humanitarian benevolence once an arbitrary threshold for loss of life finally triggers action and seemingly moves sentiment.” The issue of Human Rights at Sea is...

European Commission: Ten point action plan on migration

European Commission – Press release Joint Foreign and Home Affairs Council: Ten point action plan on migration Luxembourg, 20 April 2015 At a joint meeting of Foreign and Interior Ministers, chaired by High Representative / Vice-President Federica Mogherini and held in Luxembourg, Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Commissioner Avramopoulous presented a 10 point plan...

Human Rights at Sea launches new “Unlocking the issue” international campaign

PRESS RELEASE Human Rights at Sea launches long-term “Unlocking the issue” campaign. LONDON. 20 April 2015.  . “There is no requirement for human rights at sea….what happens at sea is the business of the ship owner and the flag Sate….it has not been an issue before, so why now?” Senior Shipping...

Workshop “From Mare Nostrum to Triton and the Way Forward to Deal with Migration in the Mediterranean Sea” – 15 May 2015, University of Naples, Italy

Call for stakeholder participants and completion of questionnaires   In preparation for the Workshop From Mare Nostrum to Triton and the Way Forward to Deal with Migration in the Mediterranean Sea, to be held on 15 May 2015 at the University of Naples, L’Orientale (Italy), stakeholder questionnaires have been prepared, in order to gain...

G7 Foreign Ministers’ Declaration on Maritime Security. Lübeck 15 April 2015.

The maritime domain is a cornerstone of the livelihood of humanity, habitat, resources and transport routes for up to 90 per cent of intercontinental trade. It connects states and regions and makes otherwise distant nations neighbours. Humankind depends on a safe, sound and secure maritime domain in order to preserve peace, enhance international security...

‘Long-lost’ fishermen in teary reunions with their families – Reported by The Nation

The continuing enslavement of fishermen in trawlers sustaining the global fishing industry continues to be uncovered. The following story was first published in The Nation | Attributed to Pratch Rujivanarom | The Nation April 11, 2015. http://www.nationmultimedia.com/national/Long-lost-fishermen-in-teary-reunions-with-their-f-30257866.html “LONG-LOST” fishing workers and family members embraced in tearful reunions in Bangkok – some had not seen each other for up to...

NGO Shipbreaking Platform publishes South Asia Quarterly Update #5

Brussels, 10 April 2015. The NGO Shipbreaking Platform publishes today the fifth South Asia Quarterly Update, a briefing paper in which it informs about the shipbreaking industry in Bangladesh, India and Pakistan. Providing an overview of vessels broken on the beaches of South Asia, accidents, recent on-the-ground, legislative and political developments including our activities in...

European and global operators of merchant ships and seafarers’ unions to urge EU Member States to take immediate collective action to address the growing humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean Sea

Photo Credit: TORM AS Brussels and London Wednesday 8 April 2015. Press release by the European Community Shipowners’ Association. THOUSANDS OF LIVES WILL BE LOST IN THE MEDITERRANEAN UNLESS EU GOVERNMENTS TAKE URGENT ACTION, SAY SHIPOWNER GROUPS AND SEAFARER UNIONS European and global operators of merchant ships have joined forces with seafarers’ unions to urge...

EU SHIPSAN March Newsletter features Human Rights at Sea interview with Dr. Anna Petrig

Dr. Anna Petrig, HRAS Advisor and leading maritime academic is interviewed by ShipSan – the European maritime platform for ship medical safety “Human Rights at Sea” (HRAS) is an independent Maritime Human Rights Resource for the International Community. So it is posted on its website www.humanrightsatsea.org. Dr. iur. Anna Petrig, who holds an LL.M....

Human Rights at Sea adds maritime Rules for the Use of Force to its International Project programme

Human Rights at Sea adds maritime Rules for the Use of Force to its International Project programme LONDON. 7 April 2015. HRAS Founder, David Hammond, has included previous work that developed the first international model set of maritime Rules for the Use of Force (RUF) for the international community in the HRAS International Project programme....

Associated Foreign Exchange (AFEX) New Maritime Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Policy – a global payment business first.

New Maritime Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Policy Human Rights at Sea Press Release LONDON. 22 March 2015. Human Rights at Sea and AFEX are pleased to announce the first AFEX Maritime Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) company policy which has been jointly developed by the two organisations. David Hammond, HRAS Founder said: “The introduction by AFEX of...

Appeal to Europe to take on the commitment to protect the rights and safety as a priority objective for the protection of migrants and the communities that host them.

Rome 12/02/2015. 3 October 2013: 366 confirmed dead; 10 February 2015: 300 confirmed dead. Amid other 3,363 victims – according to figures provided yesterday by the Italian Home Office with reference to the Mare Nostrum operation, replaced by Triton last January – as if to say that in front of such a humanitarian emergency...

Indian Authorities acting unlawfully with continued detention of MV Seaman Guard Ohio crew: maritime charities appeal for action

           PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release Indian Authorities acting unlawfully with continued detention of MV Seaman Guard Ohio crew: maritime charities appeal for action   Accredited to The Hindu. London. 10 March 2015.  Human Rights at Sea (HRAS) and The Mission to Seafarers (MtS) have today issued a global plea...

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