BBC News Interview with HRAS on Proposed English Channel Migrant Pushbacks

Press Release 9 September 2021 London. UK. Following a 48 hour period of ongoing controversy after the UK Home Office suggested that push-backs of migrant boats crossing the English Channel would be used in limited and specific circumstances by UK Border Force vessels to redirect migrants into French territorial waters, the BBC has spoken with...

Geneva Declaration on Human Rights at Sea Drafting Team Update

London. UK. The Geneva Declaration on Human Rights at Sea, together with its Annexes, is currently in the final stages of drafting for publication. The Declaration is a soft-law instrument that highlights the applicable rules and standards to be maintained in defence of fundamental human rights at sea. It reflects existing law and, importantly, does not attempt to generate any new legal obligations for States. It is intended, therefore, as a guide to enhance compliance with the law as it stands deliberately focusing on practical means of applying Human Rights standards throughout the maritime environment.

UAE Government Resolution to help address Abandonment and Seafarers’ Rights

London. UK.  On 1 July 2021, the UAE Government's Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure issued Cabinet Resolution No. (71) of 2021 on 'Marine Wrecks And Violating Ships' as part of its new pathway "to regulate the navigational activities, protection of the marine environment, safety and security of the UAE maritime sector and to protect the rights of seafarers on board ships in UAE waters and ports" detailed by its accompanying Circular. The Resolution was signed-off by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Prime Minister.

Herbert Smith Freehills highlights HRAS Arbitration Tribunal Project

London. UK. The international law firm, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, has highlighted the ongoing arbitration project work of Human Rights at Sea and Shearman and Sterling LLP in developing a new voluntary victim-led route to effective remedy for abuses suffered at sea by repurposing arbitration as the mechanism for a new ad hoc tribunal system now being created.

Japan. Waseda University Law School Profiles Lectures on Human Rights at Sea

London. UK.  Waseda University, Graduate School of Law in Tokyo has hosted a series of lectures under the title of the “Human Rights at Sea with and after COVID-19” with academic support from Human Rights at Sea Trustee Professor Steven Haines and HRAS Advisory Board Members Professor Irini Papanicolopulu, Dr. Sofia Galani and Professor Anna Petrig alongside Professor Seline Trevisanut of Utrecht University.

New Zealand Government to change maritime law to fund seafarer’s centres

London. UK. Human Rights at Sea is pleased to report that the Labour-led New Zealand Government has publicly announced it will fulfil its manifesto pledge and commitment to improve seafarer welfare through funding from the maritime levies triggered by lobbying from the Seafarers Welfare Board and the March 2020 report from HRAS ‘Under funding of Seafarer’ Welfare Services and Poor MLC Compliance’.

Geneva Declaration on Human Rights at Sea Operational Annex under review

London. UK.  On Friday 26th February, Prof. Dr.iur. Anna Petrig, Prof. Irini Papanicolopulu, Prof. Steven Haines, Dr. Sofia Galani, David Hammond and Dr. Elisabeth Mavropoulou, members of the core drafting team of the Geneva Declaration on Human Rights at Sea, virtually convened to review the drafting of the Operational Annex of the final version of the Geneva Declaration on Human Rights at Sea.

Safety at Sea coverage of 9 July HRAS Introductory Arbitration Webinar

London. UK. Reproduced with Permission. Safety at Sea reporter, Gabriella Twining, has covered the Human Rights at Sea Arbitration project’s 9 July introductory webinar in the October edition of the Safety at Sea Magazine, as well as online in July, highlighting key points of comment during the initial public online discussion of the concept and the accompanying 24 March White Paper.

Human Rights at Sea Arbitration Website Goes Live

London, UK. Paris, France.  Today, UK-based independent charitable NGO Human Rights at Sea and the Paris-based arbitration practice of global law firm Shearman & Sterling LLP go live with a new website dedicated to the development of an international arbitration-based system of redress for victims of human rights abuses occurring at sea titled: “Human Rights at Sea Arbitration”.

English Channel Migrant Movement and Human Rights at Sea

People move.  Migration has always been a feature of the human condition and it will always be so. We cannot stop it and efforts to stem it will, in the long run, prove futile. Global population has ballooned in recent years and travel from region to region has increased. More and more people are on the move. Their motives for leaving their homes and seeking lives elsewhere are numerous, but two in particular are relevant to the ‘crisis’ that has developed in recent weeks in the English Channel.

[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...

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