Fishermen’s Welfare and Human Rights Report for Ascension Island EEZ Published

PRESS RELEASE 13 December 2018 LONDON. UK.  Human rights at Sea today publishes a commissioned report undertaken by the charity’s not-for-profit trading consultancy Human Rights at Sea International Ltd, which is a comparative independent assessment of the potential risks to the welfare and human rights of fishermen operating within the Ascension Island Exclusive Economic Zone...

HRAS Comments from Geneva on the status of the SAR NGO vessel Aquarius

PRESS RELEASE Tuesday 04 December 2018   Geneva. On November 30th, the Swiss Parliament has responded to a parliamentary inquiry on the possibility of letting the Aquarius, search-and-rescue (SAR) ship run by SOS Méditerranée and Médecins sans Frontières, denying the vessel to sail under the Swiss flag. The issue has stirred a national debate in the country...

Missing Seafarers & Fishers Reporting Programme Updated

PRESS RELEASE 11th November 2018 UK. London. The flagship programme for the Human Rights at Sea charity, the Missing Seafarers and Fishers Reporting Programme, has been updated and the website refreshed to ensure easier and more efficient use. The charity has been running the Programme since 2015, during which time individual cases have been...

HRAS enables Ethiopian Chief Officer to return home with wages paid

PRESS RELEASE 17th October 2018 London. UK. Human Rights at Sea is pleased to report the successful repatriation of an Ethiopian Chief Officer with outstanding wages owed which have now been paid in full after direct, but polite intervention by the charity. The case was led by HRAS Iranian intern, Sayedeh Hajar Hejazi. The charity...

HRAS announces Dr Violeta Moreno Lax and Oscar Pajuelo as speakers for the International Maritime Human Rights Conference 2018

Press Release  Friday 12th October 2018 London. UK. Human Rights at Sea is delighted to present Violeta Moreno-Lax and Oscar Pajuelo, who will be speaking together at the International Maritime Human Rights conference this October. Dr Violeta Moreno-Lax is Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Law, Founder of the Immigration Law programme, and co-Director and...

HRAS launches the third of three educational videos on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in the Maritime Environment – Part 3 Maritime Business & Human Rights: Corporate Actions

Press Release Immediate Tuesday 9 October 2018 London.UK. Today, Human Rights at Sea launches the third and final in its series of freely available educational films and accompanying infographics on the United Nations (UN) Guiding Principles on Business and their application in the Maritime Environment. The film has been produced by Marlins, a leading crewing and maritime...

Joint Civil Society Statement concerning Implementation of the Protocol of 2014 to the Forced Labour Convention, 1930

PRESS RELEASE Friday 28 September 2018 London. UK. Human Rights at Sea, alongside 41 civil society organisations, have today issued in Bangkok through HRW a joint statement to the Thai Government to pass a stand-alone forced labor law that meets international standards and contains significant penalties for violators. Statement “Almost 40 years ago, Thailand...

‘LIFEBOAT’ migrant rescue film to be shown at Second International Maritime Human Rights Conference

PRESS RELEASE Immediate London UK. The short award-winning film ‘LIFEBOAT’ is to be shown at the second International Maritime Human Rights (IMHR) conference on 29 October 2018 to be held at the historic and newly furbished Fishmongers’ Hall, London. LIFEBOAT showcases refugees desperate enough to risk their lives in rubber boats leaving Libya in...

HRAS & University of Bristol Publish ‘Flag States and Human Rights’ Report

Press Release Tuesday 24 July 2018 London. UK. Human Rights at Sea in partnership with University of Bristol Human Rights Clinic and Human Rights Implementation Centre have published the first report on ‘Flag States and Human Rights’. The report is a study on flag state practice in monitoring, reporting and enforcing human rights obligations...

Concerning allegations over maritime recruitment practices and human rights abuses in India

HRAS Press Release Sunday 1 July 2018 LONDON.UK.Human Rights at Sea is concerned over allegations that came into light from seafarers on maritime recruitment practices in India that amount to modern slavery. Young seafarers are taking out loans to pay for courses, which promise lucrative jobs and earnings without those courses to have any...

Greenpeace East Asia report documents human rights abuses in Taiwan's international fishing fleet

Press Release London. UK. New evidence released today links human rights abuses to Taiwan’s international fishing fleet, including major seafood trader Fong Chun Formosa Fishery Company (FCF). This has serious implications for its global supply chains, and exposes the ongoing failure of the Taiwan government’s approach to address human trafficking and labor abuse. In the Greenpeace...

Dr Sofia Galani on Piracy: the Human Rights and (wrongs); Interview for the Navigate Response

Review 18 May 2018 UK. Exploring the piracy debate. Dr Sofia Galani, Lecturer in Law at the University of Bristol and a Non-Executive Board of Advisors member of Human Rights at Sea gave a short interview on Piracy the Human Rights and (wrongs) to the Navigate Response, a global crisis communications network specialising in the...

Court of Cassation Rome decides against the release of SAR vessel IUVENTA of Jugend Rettet E.V.

Press Release  27 APRIL 2018 London. Human Rights at Sea is closely watching the ongoing situation in the central Mediterranean route, and is deeply concerned with the restrictive asylum policies of the European Union and the general securitisation and criminalisation of search and rescue at sea. What we are witnessing is push backs operations of...

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