Legal action before the ECtHR against Italy over its coordination of Libyan Coast Guard pull-backs resulting in migrant deaths and abuse

Press Release 8 May 2018 London. Italy’s collaboration with Libya to stop migrants and asylum seekers reaching Europe is facing a legal challenge over allegations that it has led to grave human rights violations against those crossing the Mediterranean, including torture and slavery. Seventeen survivors of a fatal incident in which a boat carrying migrants...

New Family Impact Statement of missing Ukranian seafarer

PRESS RELEASE 26 January 2018 UK. Today, Human Rights at Sea releases a detailed Family Impact Statement on the case of a missing Ukranian seafarer, Mr. Koval Oleg Igorevich. The Oleg Koval Family Impact Statement is provided by Mrs. Maryna Koval Victorovna, wife of the 35 year old Ukranian seafarer Mr. Oleg Koval, who went...

New global Maritime Human Rights Reporting Platform launched

PRESS RELEASE 16 January 2018 Human Rights at Sea is pleased to announce a new and unique partnership with the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre through the launching this week of the new global platform for recording cases of maritime human rights abuses, highlighting pertinent international cases from the shipping and fisheries industries,...

[Updated] Seafarer Abandonment continues with owner impunity strengthened

Human Rights at Sea Comment SEAFARER ABANDONMENT CONTINUES WITH ONGOING OWNER IMPUNITY 20 October 2017 Updated 25 October 2017 Human Rights at Sea today calls for renewed and reinvigorated international efforts to deliver faster solutions, effective remedies and repatriation for all stranded and abandoned seafarers in the global shipping industry, and a greater focus...

Italy sees major drop in migrant crossings from Libya to Europe. But is the cost too high?

Human Rights at Sea comments in the recent article by The Christian Science Monitor about the increasing concern about the actions of the Italian State and European Union in trampling on customary humanitarian principles and international human rights law relating to migrants and refugees returned to Libya, and the well-documented human rights abuses suffered...

[Update] Breach of Seafarers Human Rights while under criminal investigation in Angola

Human Rights at Sea Investigative Report & Case Study Breach of Seafarers Human Rights while under criminal investigation in Angola MV Sutton Tide Crew IMO 9389461 – Soyo Angola Crew Evidence and Impact Statements Initial Report: 15 June 2017 “I don’t want to kill my self but if I stay here in prison then...

Escaping the Tiger, Then Meeting the Crocodile: Interview with Phil Robertson Human Rights Watch

HRAS Interview: Escaping the Tiger, Then Meeting the Crocodile Thousands of migrant workers from Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos cross the border into Thailand each year. They trade poverty at home for the possibility of relative prosperity abroad. A Thai proverb – escaping from the tiger, then meeting the crocodile – describes the fate of...

Thai fishing fleet moving to Indian ocean to avoid regulation

GREENPEACE PRESS RELEASE Thai fishing fleet moving to Indian ocean to avoid regulation, finds Greenpeace investigation Bangkok, 15 December 2016 – A 12-month investigation by Greenpeace Southeast Asia has found that Thailand’s overseas fishing fleets are intentionally shifting to remote waters in order to avoid fishing regulations. The investigation started seven months after the...

Case Study: New Zealand Foreign Charter Vessels Amendment Act in force – protecting fishers?

“Once vessels are flagged to New Zealand the full range of New Zealand law including employment relations and workplace health and safety law will automatically apply and be enforceable.” Hon NATHAN GUY (Minister for Primary Industries) 14 February 2013 Over the last decade, the New Zealand fishing industry has been shaken by a series...

Thailand: First Court Hearing for Human Trafficking Case of Migrant Fishing Boat Workers

Press Release Trang Provincial Court Set First Court Hearing for Human Trafficking Case of  Migrant Fishing Boat Workers from Myanmar on 13 May 2016 Background On 21 October 2015, officers from the Anti-Human Trafficking Center, Department of Special Investigation (DSI) and local police officers plus civil society organizations have raided and rescued 11 Myanmar...

Press Release: Launch of new migrant film trailer ‘The Dead Sea’

PRESS RELEASE Launch of new migrant film trailer ‘The Dead Sea’ UK. 27 April 2016. Human Rights at Sea is delighted to be able to support the release of the new trailer for the forthcoming short film, ‘The Dead Sea‘, exploring the abuses suffered, privations and humanitarian issues for migrants travelling to Europe from North Africa. Often...

Made in Taiwan: Government Failure and Illegal, Abusive and Criminal Fisheries

Greenpeace has released a new report. Made in Taiwan: Government Failure and Illegal, Abusive and Criminal Fisheries exposes human rights abuses, IUU fishing and endemic problems in Taiwan’s distant water fisheries, and outlines some of the failings we’ve observed with Taiwan’s Government and Fisheries Agency. The report is based on field investigations conducted in 2014...

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