New Policy Brief on Search and Rescue exposes EU countries disregard for human life and Frontex involvement in maritime pushbacks

Human Rights at Sea today issues a new civil society policy briefing critically reviewing EU Member States and the European Border and Coastguard Agency (Frontex) policies and practices in undertaking search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean Sea.

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 International Human Rights Law.

UN experts condemn criminalisation of migrant rescues and threats to the independence of judiciary

Press Release 18th July 2019 Reproduced Article. GENEVA (18 July 2019) – UN human rights experts* have expressed grave concern over the detention and criminal proceedings in Italy against the German captain of the migrant rescue vessel Sea-Watch 3, and stated that the threats to the judge who ruled her release were unlawful. “Rescuing migrants...

OP-ED: Sea-Watch Captain freed. A victory for humanitarian rescue at sea.

OP-ED 5 July 2019 Photo credit: Reuters Geneva, Switzerland. Captain Carola Rackete has now been freed, but the European political controversy continues. The judicial decision delivered a much needed victory for both common-sense and humanitarian acts of rescue at sea, thereby setting a precedent to be reflected on for all vessel Captains and policy makers alike....

HRAS publishes Briefing Note on Criminalisation of Civil Society SAR Activities in the Mediterranean

Press Release 26th February 2019 London. UK.  Human Rights at Sea has published a new Briefing Note on the ‘Legal and Policy Matters Arising from the Increased Criminalisation of the Civil Society Search and Rescue Activities in the Mediterranean’. This is the second publication on the issue of the increasing levels of criminalisation of civil society...

MV Seaman Guard Ohio guards & crew in Chennai prison for Christmas

The three year case of the imprisoned crew and security guards of the MV Seaman Guard Ohio in an Indian prison continues. This Christmas, please support them with a card. This year and once again, the crew, including six former HM Armed Forces veterans and maritime security guards innocently caught up in this incident, remain in jail awaiting to...

Press Release: Thailand must cease prosecution of human rights defenders

  Human Rights at Sea is pleased to overtly support the case of Andy Hall in Thailand alongside a global coalition of organisations spanning civil society in order to continue to highlight the abuses in the wrongful application of the rule of law towards human rights defenders through their arrest, detention and prosecution. 110 signatures from 60...

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