International Women’s Day 2021 – #ChooseToChallenge

Today marks International Women Day, a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity, which in the case of the maritime industry, remains an issue not yet satisfactorily tackled.  Achieving gender parity in the maritime industry will require addressing conscious and unconscious gender biases. 

World Human Rights Day 2020: Human rights at sea must be upheld by the Law

LONDON. UK. When Human Rights at Sea was established in April 2014, the concept of universal human rights applying at sea, as equally as they do on land was not explicitly recognised across the wider maritime industry. After all, piracy was on the decline, slavery in the fishing industry was largely invisible to the public and cases of seafarer abandonment were under-reported. Any worker-related issues of the day were seen in the context of labour rights and business economics.

‘Developing Human Rights at Sea’. HRAS Trustee publishes in Ocean Yearbook

Press Release Tuesday 24 November 2020 London.UK. Professor Steven Haines, an academic international lawyer who sits on the UK-based charitable Human Rights at Sea (HRAS) Board of Trustees, has recently had a significant article approved for publication in the prestigious Ocean Yearbook.  It will appear in print in April 2021 but has already been made available...

Human Rights at Sea to speak at International Law Weekend 2020

This year's  International Law Weekend theme is 'International Law in Challenging Times'. The 99th Annual Meeting of the American Branch of the International Law Association (ABILA) will take place 22-24 October 2020. Human Rights at Sea will participate in a senior panel of academics and practitioners on 'Arbitration of Human Rights at Sea: Giving International Law Teeth by Empowering Victims to Enforce It'.

Marine Stewardship Council’s funding pledge to address fishery observer safety welcomed

Press Release 23 July 2020 London. UK. Human Rights at Sea today welcomes the announcement by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) that new research funding will be made available to address the issue of improvements to Fisheries Observer safety following recent international initiatives and public reports on the issue. The announcement comes after the recent...

Joint Press Statement of Dominica Flag Administration and Human Rights at Sea on MT GULF SKY – 15 July 2020

Joint Press Release Immediate  15 July 2020 London. UK / Fairhaven/MA. USA.  Following the rapidly emerging case of the alleged kidnap of 28 Indian seafarers of the MT Gulf Sky the evening of 5 July 2020 by unknown persons and their forced transfer to Iranian waters, resulting, at the time of writing, in 26 seafarers being...

Human Rights at Sea issues Statement for the Day of the Seafarer 

London. UK. On the 25 June 2020, Human Rights at Sea will be celebrating the Day of the Seafarer, an IMO-led initiative which each year raises awareness on the vital role seafarers play in enabling global trade and the flow of essential goods. This year’s campaign focuses on the ‘key worker status’ of seafarers, emphasising that seafarers are essential to shipping and therefore, vital to the world.

World Oceans Day HRAS Webcast with World Youth Foundation

London. UK. World Oceans Day has been celebrating the ocean on June 8th every year since 2002. Today, among the many activities, Human Rights at Sea was asked to engage with the World Youth Foundation to start to develop better awareness in the World's youth about the maritime environment and what human rights at sea refers to and means.

RightShip and Human Rights at Sea Join Forces to help Improve Welfare for Seafarers around the World

New partnership sees RightShip back Human Rights at Sea’s global mission to end human rights abuses committed around the world’s oceans. London. UK. RightShip, the world’s leading maritime risk due diligence and environmental assessment organisation, and the independent civil society charity, Human Rights at Sea, have signed a new long-term partnership agreement to help improve seafarer welfare, the organisations have announced today.

HRAS Introduces The Mekong Club’s EndSlavery Web App

Press Release Friday 20 March 2020 London.UK.  Human Rights at Sea is very pleased to support The Mekong Club’s efforts to continue to address the problems, deprivations and abuses which arise from modern slavery in supply chains, through their new App. Modern Slavery is a serious issue. There are over 40 million modern slaves in the...

SAFETY4SEA Interviews HRAS on Industry Awareness of Human Rights at Sea

London, UK. Human Rights at Sea CEO was interviewed by SAFETY4SEA for their end-of-year Opinion piece covering industry's wider engagement with the concept and development of Human Rights at Sea. "2019 was a milestone year for addressing human rights at sea since the first version of the inaugural 'Geneva Declaration on Human Rights at Sea' was published by Human Rights at Sea, in March. Also, the British charity launched its online platform to ensure that everyone interested can review and comment on the work being undertaken. On the occasion of these important developments, Mr. David Hammond Esq., Barrister (Non-Practising), CEO, Human Rights At Sea shares his insights into achieving greater equality, justice and freedom within the maritime industry in the next years, highlighting that not much progress has been made so far while wider awareness on this important topic is of outmost importance.

Bangkok Post Op-Ed: Seafood industry must walk talk

The following Op-Ed was written by Art Prapha, Oxfam America’s Senior Private Sector Adviser and was published  in the Bangkok Post on the 5th of November 2019.  Human Rights at Sea replicates hereunder. “Recently, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced that the US will be suspending US$1.3 billion (39.2 billion baht) in...

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