PODCAST 21 May 2021 London. UK. Following the publication this week of the 12-month investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of Kiribati fisheries observer, Eritara Aati Kaierua, at sea between 3-4 March 2020, Human Rights at Sea spoke with ABC News Pacific Beat programme and host, Inga Stünzner, on the case and the actions needed...
On 18 May 2021, the Taiwan High Court Kaohsiung Branch Court (臺灣高等法院高雄分院) affirmed the conviction of the Chinese-national Wang Fengyu (汪峰裕) to 26 years in prison on four counts of homicide by the court of first instance, the Taiwan Kaohsiung District Court (台灣高雄地方法院), on 29 January 2021.
London. UK. Following a 12-month investigation into the death of Kiribati fisheries observer, Eritara Aati Kaierua, onboard the Taiwanese flagged WIN FAR 636 fishing vessel, Human Rights at Sea publishes an independent case review which explores in detail the incident in March 2020 from the family's perspective having reviewed all publicly-available information as well as evidence collated by the family, supporting organisations, lawyers and the charity.
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.
London. UK. An update to the HRAS Press Release of 30 August 2020 concerning the 2014 footage of the murder of persons at sea off Somalia first identified through mobile phone footage.
London. UK. Taiwanese Coastguard authorities have arrested a 43 year old Chinese fishing vessel Master of the Seychelles-flagged Indian Star reported as being named 'Wang' who is suspected of ordering the 2014 reported murders of four men at sea.
London. UK. Following unprecedented demand for copies of the new Human Rights at Sea fisheries report 'Fisheries Observer Deaths at Sea, Human Rights and the Role and Responsibilities of Fisheries Organisations ', the charity has updated its download options to provide both high and low resolution versions for download.
London. UK. FISHERIES. The Taiwanese Government has responded to the Greenpeace allegations of forced labour practices in the Taiwanese fleet from the 2019 report: '“SEABOUND: The Journey to Modern Slavery on the High Seas”. The Fisheries Agency of Taiwan has now forwarded the cases to the Kaohsiung District Prosecutors Office.
"The Presidential Office Human Rights Consultative Committee, the Human Rights Promotion Task Force of the Executive Yuan and the Coordination Conference for Human Trafficking Prevention have been inviting relevant ministries and agencies to convene meeting regularly. Relevant issues being addressed in such meetings have already embraced the philosophy of human rights at sea." London, UK / Taipei, Taiwan. Human Rights at Sea is pleased to publish the formal Taiwan Government response from the Director General of the Taiwan Fisheries Agency to the charity's October 2019 '“Baseline Study on the Awareness and Application of Human Rights in Taiwan’s Fishing Industry”, as a matter of transparency and reflection of positive State engagement with the organisation.
London.UK. “These misleading and exploitative recruitment practices by some labour recruiters and overseas employment agencies are a continued blight on raising social welfare and human rights standards in the global maritime sector”. Human Rights at Sea today publishes its latest briefing note on exploitative recruitment fees in the maritime sector and calls for an end to such burdensome fees for workers in a call to action.
London. UK. Following recent advocacy work aimed at achieving ongoing improvements in the working conditions and protections for all fishers in the Taiwanese fishing industry, Human Rights at Sea today issues a new evidential case study. Highlighting the worrying power imbalance between migrant fishers, recruitment and manning agencies resulting in poor welfare support, the case study also highlights the need to align national polices and standards with international convention.
London. UK. / Taipei. Taiwan. On invitation, Human Rights at Sea has met with the Taiwanese Executive Yuan during several rounds of wider meetings last week in the capital Taipei concerning the work of the charity in Asia and development of the soft-law Geneva Declaration on Human Rights at Sea.
Taipei, Taiwan. Today in Taipei, the charitable NGOs Human Rights at Sea and the Catholic faith-based NGO Rerum Novarum Social Service Center of the Society of Jesus met to discuss respective work and projects related to victims of human rights abuses and available social services in support of migrant fishermen amongst other peoples and workers.
Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Reporting from the city of Kaohsiung, Human Rights at Sea attends the 11th International Christian Maritime Association (ICMA) world conference as a guest civil society NGO alongside the ICMA membership over the period 21-25th October 2019.
London, UK. Human Rights at Sea publishes a new baseline study in relation to the Taiwanese coastal and deep water fishing industry responding to ongoing field reporting of systemic human rights abuses for national and migrant crews despite current efforts to curb abuse reflecting international human rights and fisheries standards.