Alleged Murdered Kiribati Fisheries Observer Family left without Financial Support

London. UK. At sea, fisheries observers are employed to provide oversight of the fish caught by commercial operators ensuring that the catch is correctly logged, and healthy fish stocks are maintained to ensure the sustainability of the world's oceans. Tragically, some fisheries observers are subject the cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, work in fear...

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...

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...

ITF Union explicitly highlights human rights abuses in Gavrylov Case

Press Release. 22nd September 2019. London. UK. The ITF Union has further backed the case of Captain Gennadiy Gavrylov who was arrested in Sri Lanka on 23 June 2016 in connection with the Sri Lankan flagged vessel Avant Garde (IMO 8107036). Importantly, ITF has explicitly highlighted the abuses of the Master's human rights reflecting established...

Abandoned Indian Seafarer Family Statement on behalf of Captain Swaminathan

Press Release 8 March 2019 Abandonment. A Pattern of Human Rights Abuse. “I just want him home. I want his safety and I want him back” Mumbai, India. Human Rights at Sea today publishes the first of a series of follow-up family focused case studies for those Indian seafarers still abandoned, some reportedly for over...

Indian Seafarers abandoned offshore Namibia threaten suicide over unpaid wages

PRESS RELEASE 29 January 2019 “Save me from the mental agony I am going through” Chandra Rakesh Singh Negi, MV HALANI I crew member London. UK. Human Rights at Sea publishes its latest detailed case study with personal statements from a group of abandoned seafarers in Walvis Bay, Namibia. Eight Indian seafarers have been...

Missing Seafarers & Fishers Reporting Programme Updated

PRESS RELEASE 11th November 2018 UK. London. The flagship programme for the Human Rights at Sea charity, the Missing Seafarers and Fishers Reporting Programme, has been updated and the website refreshed to ensure easier and more efficient use. The charity has been running the Programme since 2015, during which time individual cases have been...

New Chennai 6 Family Impact Statement published on 4th anniversary

PRESS RELEASE 12 October 2017 HUMAN RIGHTS AT SEA PUBLISHES NEW FAMILY IMPACT STATEMENT FROM THE FAMILIES OF THE CHENNAI 6  It is exactly four years to the day since 35 men (including the Chennai 6 – all ex UK servicemen) being the crew and maritime security operators on board the patrol vessel the MV Seaman Guard...

New case of seafarer abuse exposed on UAE flagged vessel

PRESS RELEASE Immediate 13 July 2017 Human Rights at Sea today publishes a further detailed case study and investigatory report into the abuse of seafarers provided by first-hand crew testimony onboard a UAE flagged vessel moored offshore the UAE coast owned by Alco Shipping Services. Notable concerns raised are crew allegations of ship owner threats towards...

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