English Channel Migrants and Refugees: Safety of Life at Sea Comes First

London. UK. On the English south coast bordering The English Channel the number of migrants and refugees crossing from France to England seeking a better future has seen a surge this week with a period of good weather.  Today, it has been announced in the UK press that the UK Home Office is preparing for the UK Border Force to push back boats containing migrants and refugees into French waters thereby challenging international and maritime law positions for the long-standing assurance of safety of life at sea.

OP-ED & Film: Human rights abuses of crews on South Korean factory trawlers

London. UK. / Auckland. New Zealand.  At 4 am on June 20 2011, the entire Indonesian crew (32) walked off the Oyang 75 when it berthed in Port Lyttleton, Christchurch. This was the first time, anywhere in the world, an entire crew had walked off a South Korean factory trawler. They had been fishing at sea for only five weeks, on its first outing in New Zealand waters, yet already the crew had had enough of the abuses they had suffered by Korean officers within that short time period.

Review: Flawed Implementation of International Laws Leaves Seafarers in Legal Vacuum

London. UK.  The consequences of port closures during the COVID-19 pandemic have highlighted flaws in the implementation of international law designed to protect the human rights of those at sea, according to a study by Dr Sofia Galani, Senior Lecturer in Public International Law at the University of Bristol and Human Rights at Sea Advisory Board member.

“Confronting the Human Rights Crisis in Fisheries: How Arbitration Can Improve Fishers’ Access to Justice” Webinar

London, UK. On the occasion of the Annual United Nations World Oceans Day, themed Ocean: Life and Livelihoods, Human Rights at Sea and global law firm Shearman & Sterling LLP will hold a webinar entitled “Confronting the Human Rights Crisis in Fisheries: How Arbitration Can Improve Fishers’ Access to Justice” on 8 June 2021, 13:00 CET. 

Watershed for Human Rights in Taiwan’s Fishery Sector

London. UK.  On May 6, 2021, Taiwan’s top ombudsperson institution, the Control Yuan, released a set of wide-ranging recommendations for the government to address the forced labor onboard Taiwan’s distant water fishing (DWF) fleets. This is an issue of increasing international notoriety since the United States Department of Labor listed Taiwan-caught fish in its List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor in September 2020.

Roadmap for Improving Seafood Ethics (RISE) 2.0 platform develops seafood corporate social responsibility

London, UK. FishWise, the California-based sustainable seafood non-profit organisation, today upgrades its Roadmap for Improving Seafood Ethics (RISE) online platform as part of their drive for access to increased social responsibility, including addressing human and labour rights matters within seafood supply chains.

Seaspiracy documentary raises crucial points about human rights abuse at sea

Editorial 12 April 2021 London. UK. As The Guardian’s reporter, George Monboit headlined in his April 7th article review of the new Netflix Seaspiracy documentary. ‘The film gets some things wrong, but it exposes the grim ecological destruction of the Earth’s oceans‘. As important as ocean conservation is for the future of humanity, so is the...

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