UN World Oceans Day 2021 Theme: The Ocean: 
Life & Livelihoods

The United Nations has designated 8 June as World Oceans Day. The World Oceans Day is a day for humanity to celebrate the ocean.  This year's theme is " The Ocean: Life and Livelihoods".  In celebration and support of the life and livelihood that the ocean sustains, UNWOD 2021 will feature keynotes, panel discussions and presentations that spotlight biodiversity, latest oceanic discoveries, the interconnectivity between the ocean and its ecosystems, and more.

The Right to Life: Italy found by UN in violation of the right to life of Migrants at Sea

the UN Human Rights Committee (HRC), the treaty body responsible for the monitoring of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, found Italy in violation of its obligations under the Covenant in particular in violation of the right to life as provided in Article 6 of the ICCPR read alone, and in conjunction with Article 2 (3), in the context of Search and Rescue (SAR) operations of migrants at sea. According to the HRC, Italy delayed and failed to actively provide rescue to 200 migrants on the high seas.

Migrants and Refugees at Sea: 2020 Review

London.UK. 2020 was a challenging and introspective year for many, largely characterised by the COVID-19 global coronavirus pandemic; not only a crisis of public health, but also a secondary crisis of social, economic and political security resulting from the emergency measures taken by local, national and regional authorities.

Global Fishing Watch satellite data sheds light on slavery at sea 

Press Release  Tuesday 22 December London. UK.  Vessels known to have crew that are subject to forced labor behave in systematically different ways to the rest of the global fishing fleet, reveals a new paper published today in the scientific journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The discovery was used to build a...

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.

NGO Shipbreaking Platform publishes South Asia Quarterly Report

Press Release Friday 30 October 2020 London.UK. The NGO Shipbreaking Platform has published its third quarterly update for 2020. The Platform reports that there were a total of 170 ships broken in the third quarter of 2020. Greek ship owners sold the most ships to South Asian yards, closely followed by Japanese, Russian and South Korean owners. Specifically,...

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'.

Lexis Nexis Law 360 publishes article on Human Rights at Sea Arbitration Project

London. UK. LEXIS NEXIS Law 360 recently published an article written by Caroline Simpson and edited by Jill Coffey on Human Rights at Sea and Shearman & Sterling Project Arbitration as Means for Effective Remedy for Human Rights Abuses at Sea, drawing insights from the July Arbitration Webinar . The Project is based on the concept of using international arbitration as a means for providing victims of human rights abuses at sea with an alternative route to effective remedy and justice.

Missing Seafarers and Fishers Reporting Programme launches updated website

Press Release 22 July 2020 London. UK. The Missing Seafarers & Fishers Reporting Programme is Human Rights at Sea’s flagship programme delivered by the Charity in 2015, and supported by Seafarers UK funding.  Today, it is an international secured database that aims to track the numbers and status of seafarers and fishermen missing at sea...

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