Global Arbitration Review Article on Innovative Arbitration Development

Press Release 26 May 2020 London. UK. With permission, the Global Arbitration Review journal ‘GAR’ has allowed Human Rights at Sea to reproduce its recent international article on 5 May 2020 about the development of the new joint development project with the Paris-based arbitration team of Shearman & Sterling LLP into assessing whether or not...

WEBINAR: 24 June – Arbitration as a Means of Effective Remedy for Human Rights Abuses at Sea

London. UK. Announcement.  Arbitration as a Means of Effective Remedy for Human Rights Abuses at Sea Webinar - 24 June 2020 1500 – 1900 CET. UK charity Human Rights at Sea and global law firm Shearman & Sterling LLP have partnered on a project to facilitate the resolution of disputes concerning human rights at sea using international arbitration. The project’s chief aim is to provide those living, working and transiting at sea with an effective remedy for human rights abuses, while also combating impunity for the perpetrators of such abuses.

New Zealand Seafarer Welfare Providers classed as Essential Workers during COVID-19

London. UK. Maritime New Zealand has designated seafarer welfare representatives as 'essential workers' and provided clear advice for port welfare service providers in terms of their role, available support and the access that they can gain to seafarers. Provided to the Seafarer Welfare Board (SWB) of New Zealand the following advice remains extant at the time of writing. Most notably, crews that have been at sea for 14 days are considered to have the same rights as New Zealand citizens.

RightShip acts decisively to address attempted murder of Tanzanian Stowaways

London. UK. International vetting organisation, RightShip and industry partner to Human Rights at Sea, have responded decisively to the ongoing investigation by the South Africa Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) local police into the attempted murder of two Tanzanian stowaways by the crew of the Panamanian flagged dry bulk carrier, the MV Top Grace (IMO: 9763875) on the 28 March 2020. Hong Kong-based Fairweather Steamship Co Ltd who manages the fleet of five vessels has had its ratings cut by RightShip and placed on the high risk list in response to the incident.

[Updated] White Paper Issued for Innovative Use of Arbitration and Human Rights on UN International Day

Press Release 24 March 2020 Arbitration as a Means of Effective Remedy for Human Rights Abuses at Sea [Updated 10 May 2020 to include French Version and flow diagram now available to download] London, UK. Paris, France.  On the UN International Day for the Right to The Truth Concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for...

HRAS COVID-19 Update

London.UK. Noting the extraordinary situation of the continuing spread of COVID19 globally and the related uncertainties surrounding the resultant knock-on effects, Human Rights at Sea, as a virtually-run organisation, will continue its business continuity while taking all necessary measures to protect staff and researchers engaged in day-to-day activities.

South Western Fish Producer Organisation releases 2019 Business and Human Rights Audit

London, UK / Ivybridge, Devon, UK.  Today, sees the public release of the inaugural South Western Fish Producers Organisation (SWFPO) Ltd Business and Human Rights Audit dated 10 January 2019 through the Human Rights at Sea independent platform. Commenced in late 2018 and submitted in January 2019, the comprehensive report was commissioned by SWFPO as part of their internal drive to develop levels of awareness and standards relating to human rights within their supply chain.

Taiwan Government Positively and Comprehensively Responds to Human Rights at Sea Fisheries Report

"The Presidential Office Human Rights Consultative Committee, the Human Rights Promotion Task Force of the Executive Yuan and the Coordination Conference for Human Trafficking Prevention have been inviting relevant ministries and agencies to convene meeting regularly. Relevant issues being addressed in such meetings have already embraced the philosophy of human rights at sea." London, UK / Taipei, Taiwan. Human Rights at Sea is pleased to publish the formal Taiwan Government response from the Director General of the Taiwan Fisheries Agency to the charity's October 2019 '“Baseline Study on the Awareness and Application of Human Rights in Taiwan’s Fishing Industry”, as a matter of transparency and reflection of positive State engagement with the organisation.

A Challenging Review of Maritime Industry support for Business and Human Rights

Press Release 4 March 2019 “Over the last seven years there has been little concerted and collaborative effort by the shipping industry to embed the concept, develop unified policies, drive effective remedy and demonstrate public accountability in the field of business and human rights.” London. UK. Human Rights at Sea today issues a new independent...

[UPDATED] Mekong Club and HRAS combine to deliver Responsible Recruitment Webinar

London, UK / Hong Kong. On 11th March 2020 3:30pm - 4:30pm (HKT GMT +8) The Mekong Club, a leader uniting and mobilising the private sector for a common cause to disrupt and end modern slavery, and Human Rights at Sea, the independent human rights charitable NGO challenging abuse at sea, are joining to present a public webinar 'International Migration to Malaysia & Taiwan: Challenges and Promising Practises'.

Bullying and Harassment at Sea: A Clear and Present threat to Seafarers

London. UK. Human Rights at Sea today publishes a redacted example of testimony and background facts from a recent case highlighted in detail to the charity and other leading welfare entities concerning bullying and harassment towards an experienced Indian Chief Engineer by a Turkish Master on Marshall Islands flagged vessel.

Geneva Declaration on Human Rights at Sea on-line platform launched on World Human Rights Day

London. UK.The 10thof December is World Human Rights Day. This is the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and is a key date in the calendar for human rights defenders to profile their valuable, challenging and often dangerous work helping to uphold and develop human rights provisions, policies, effective remedies and standards globally.

Indian National Human Rights Commission engages with Human Rights at Sea

New Delhi, India. This week during a series of regional State-level outreach engagements, Human Rights at Sea was invited by the Indian National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to engage in discussions on the future of human rights protections within the Indian Sub-Continent across the Indian regional maritime and business-related space.

‘High Seas Low Deeds’: New Internationalist Magazine highlights Human Rights at Sea work

The award winning New Internationalist Magazine in its latest issue has highlighted the work undertaken by Human Rights at Sea in the development of global awareness of human rights abuses in the maritime environment through exposure of some of the issues covered and case studies published by the charity.

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