International Day of the Seafarer 2021: A Fair Future for Seafarers – Insights from a young seafarer

London. UK. Today marks the Day of the Seafarer, an annual IMO-led day that aims to recognise the vital role seafarers make to our everyday lives. During the COVID-19 pandemic, seafarers have undertaken what amount to be heroic efforts to continue providing the world with the goods it needs while they have been often ignored, have been failed to be repatriated in a timely manner and have had their contracts often extended in excess of legal norms.  This year's theme is a fair future for seafarers, but with a following question to be asked: "Can this can be achieved?

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 many....

Sexual violence at sea. Dr. Lynn Simpson – Being the Only Woman Onboard

Being The Only Woman On Board [Part 2/3] The first thing veterinarian Dr Lynn Simpson did before boarding the livestock carriers that she worked on for the first time was to slip on a wedding ring. Even though she wasn’t married, it helped to deter unwanted attention from the men she encountered at sea and...

The HRAS Interview: Giorgia Linardi – Mediterranean Migrants

Mediterranean Migrants: Becoming Part of the System At sea, rescuing migrants in the Mediterranean, 25-year-old Giorgia Linardi met a woman that reminder of her mother. Like her mother, the woman was a doctor, a specialist; their ages were similar. But, unlike her mother, this woman had lost her family, her home, had no phone to...

The HRAS Interview with Dean Summers of ITF Australia

The HRAS Interview with Dean Summers of ITF Australia Slave Ship; Death Ship; Summers Wants Change In August 2015, ITF Australia coordinator, and fourth-generation seafarer, Dean Summers swum the English Channel to raise money for a charity that supports seafarers. HRAS spoke to him after this marathon effort to find out why he dedicates his...

‘The HRAS Interview’ – a new HRAS platform feature

Human Rights at Sea presents a new platform feature: ‘The HRAS Interview’. This supporting site will provide the reader with an insight into the lives, actions and successes of individuals whose stories will inspire, challenge perceptions and who have positively contributed to the maritime environment in respect of the lives of seafarers, fishermen and their...

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