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...

New infographics for eyeWitness at Sea Human Rights evidence gathering app

Human Rights at Sea is pleased to announce that the latest explanatory infographics detailing how the eyeWitness App for collecting picture and video evidence at sea can be downloaded and installed. It is now available in six languages: English, French, Russian, Portuguese, Spanish and Arabic. These can be downloaded from the Human Rights at Sea website’s...

Press Release: Human Rights at Sea joins with global organisations in letter to EU Commission concerning Thai fishing and human rights abuses

  Human Rights at Sea Press Release Human Rights at Sea joins with global organisations in letter to EU Commission concerning Thai fishing and human rights abuses Human Rights at Sea has joined fellow international labour, environmental and human rights organisations in support of a letter sent to Karmenu Vella, the EU Commissioner for fisheries, maritime...

Forced labour in Thai fishing: global unions lodge ILO complaint

  Forced labour in Thai fishing: global unions lodge ILO complaint The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) and the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) have today submitted a case to the International Labour Organization (ILO) against the government of Thailand. It relates to breaches of ILO Convention 29 on forced labour in the Thai...

Shipowner and Seafarers’ Unions team up to launch new guidance on the elimination of harassment and bullying

SHIPOWNERS AND SEAFARERS’ UNIONS TEAM UP TO LAUNCH NEW GUIDANCE ON THE ELIMINATION OF HARASSMENT AND BULLYING Maritime employers and seafarers’ unions have joined forces to publish new international ‘Guidance on Eliminating Shipboard Harassment and Bullying’. The new Guidelines, developed by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF),...

Press Release: Human Rights at Sea & International Bar Association launch initiative to capture maritime abuses with eyeWitness App

              Human Rights at Sea & International Bar Association Joint Press Release LONDON 7 December 2015 Human Rights at Sea and International Bar Association launch initiative to capture maritime abuses with eyeWitness App     Today, Human Rights at Sea (HRAS) announced the launch of an initiative to use...

New EJF report and film: Thailand’s Seafood Slaves

Released today, EJF’s new report underscores the shortcomings in public and private sector efforts to combat human trafficking, forced labour and debt bondage in Thailand’s fishing sector. A link to the accompanying film can be found here. EJF’s new investigation returns to Kantang to uncover that IUU fishing, modern slavery, torture and murder still plague the...

The HRAS Interview: Dr Patricia Kailola, CEO of Pacific Dialogue, Fiji

Tuna: Caught by Slaves and Canned by Slaves Welcoming and warm-hearted, Fijians and other Pacific Islanders can be lured into the dark side of commercial tuna fishing. “Would you buy a can of tuna that you knew had been caught by slaves and canned by slaves?” asks Dr Patricia Kailola, CEO of Fiji-based NGO...

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