Letter to Secretary of State John Kerry regarding Thailand’s ranking in the 2015 TIP Report

Human Rights at Sea, alongside 25 international NGOs, have jointly submitted a letter to the US Secretary of State, The Honorable John F. Kerry concerning the ongoing issues of slavery and abuse at sea and abuse of human rights in Thailand that have resulted in Thailand retaining a Tier 3 rating.   Letter to Secretary...

MEPs support shipping industry’s call for stronger Member State action in the Mediterranean

ECSA, the European Community Shipowners’ Associations and the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association (NSA) participated yesterday in a hearing on migration organised by the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) Committee in Strasbourg. The hearing was organised following the launch of the European Commission’s Agenda on Migration, on which this Committee has recently undertaken...

Human Trafficking: The Giant Ocean Case: Challenges in Securing Justice for Exploited Fishermen

USAID’s Counter Trafficking in Persons II (CTIP) Program launched its video “The Giant Ocean Case: Challenges in Securing Justice for Exploited Fishermen.” The 30-minute video exposes the human trafficking ring behind the former recruitment agency, Giant Ocean International Limited, convicted for human trafficking in Cambodia. It is one of the few cases worldwide where a...

Human Rights at Sea and the German Government’s Charter for the Future – An Update

Human Rights at Sea supports the German Government’s Charter for the Future. On 1 April 2014, the German Government embarked together on the path towards preparing a Charter for the Future. On 24 November 2014, at a Government Conference in Berlin, the Charter for the Future was passed and delivered to the German Chancellor Ms...

SE Asia migrant slow deaths at sea reported off Thailand

  Article first reported in Phuket Wan Tourism NewsPicture: HRAS. UPDATE We Beg for Your Help, Says Thirsty Boy as Passengers Weaken on Stranded Death Ship By Chutima Sidasathian and Alan Morison Wednesday, May 13, 2015. BANGKOK: An exhausted refugee on a stranded boat told Phuketwan today that life is slowly ebbing from the men,...

HRAS Commentary. Legal, humanitarian and practical issues plague military targeting of Libyan traffickers’ boats

HRAS Commentary. Legal, humanitarian and practical issues plague military targeting of Libyan traffickers’ boats.       Photo credit. D Hammond. Introduction EU leaders have suggested that military capabilities should be used to deny Libyan human traffickers the use of their boats. The idea, coming from politicians such as the French President, Francois Hollande, Roberta...

HRAS Commentary on management and actions relating to the EU Mediterranean Migrant crisis by interested parties

A HRAS commentary as part of the”Unlocking the issue” global campaign. “Ultimately, intervention at sea costs money. This affects profits, a fact that should not be masked by apparent humanitarian benevolence once an arbitrary threshold for loss of life finally triggers action and seemingly moves sentiment.” The issue of Human Rights at Sea is now...

G7 Foreign Ministers’ Declaration on Maritime Security. Lübeck 15 April 2015.

The maritime domain is a cornerstone of the livelihood of humanity, habitat, resources and transport routes for up to 90 per cent of intercontinental trade. It connects states and regions and makes otherwise distant nations neighbours. Humankind depends on a safe, sound and secure maritime domain in order to preserve peace, enhance international security and...

NGO Shipbreaking Platform publishes South Asia Quarterly Update #5

Brussels, 10 April 2015. The NGO Shipbreaking Platform publishes today the fifth South Asia Quarterly Update, a briefing paper in which it informs about the shipbreaking industry in Bangladesh, India and Pakistan. Providing an overview of vessels broken on the beaches of South Asia, accidents, recent on-the-ground, legislative and political developments including our activities in South...

European and global operators of merchant ships and seafarers’ unions to urge EU Member States to take immediate collective action to address the growing humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean Sea

Photo Credit: TORM AS Brussels and London Wednesday 8 April 2015. Press release by the European Community Shipowners’ Association. THOUSANDS OF LIVES WILL BE LOST IN THE MEDITERRANEAN UNLESS EU GOVERNMENTS TAKE URGENT ACTION, SAY SHIPOWNER GROUPS AND SEAFARER UNIONS European and global operators of merchant ships have joined forces with seafarers’ unions to urge EU...

EU SHIPSAN March Newsletter features Human Rights at Sea interview with Dr. Anna Petrig

Dr. Anna Petrig, HRAS Advisor and leading maritime academic is interviewed by ShipSan – the European maritime platform for ship medical safety “Human Rights at Sea” (HRAS) is an independent Maritime Human Rights Resource for the International Community. So it is posted on its website www.humanrightsatsea.org. Dr. iur. Anna Petrig, who holds an LL.M. from...

Associated Foreign Exchange (AFEX) New Maritime Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Policy – a global payment business first.

New Maritime Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Policy Human Rights at Sea Press Release LONDON. 22 March 2015. Human Rights at Sea and AFEX are pleased to announce the first AFEX Maritime Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) company policy which has been jointly developed by the two organisations. David Hammond, HRAS Founder said: “The introduction by AFEX of their...

Indian Authorities acting unlawfully with continued detention of MV Seaman Guard Ohio crew: maritime charities appeal for action

           PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release Indian Authorities acting unlawfully with continued detention of MV Seaman Guard Ohio crew: maritime charities appeal for action   Accredited to The Hindu. London. 10 March 2015.  Human Rights at Sea (HRAS) and The Mission to Seafarers (MtS) have today issued a global plea for...

The Falklands: Two fishing crew missing after ‘jumping’ ship off-shore Falkland Islands

NINE CREWMEN OVERBOARD IN TWO SEPARATE INCIDENTS The Falkland Islands Government (FIG) committed to ensuring safety of fishermen in its waters   Press Release: At 12:14 (GMT-3), Tuesday 17th February, 2015, the Royal Falkland Islands Police (RFIP) received notification via the FIG Fisheries Operations that seven Vietnamese crewmen were missing from the Taiwanese jigger, Jin...

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