Press Release: Human Rights at Sea supporting efforts to locate migrant vessels abandoned at sea off Thailand

PRESS RELEASE IMMEDIATE LONDON. 14 May 2015. Human rights at Sea (HRAS) continues to work directly with organisations in SE Asia in the on-going matters of abandoned migrants abandoned at sea by traffickers, including Reuters. In the last 48 hours alongside Quintel Intelligence based in London and the leading news agency, HRAS has been...

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...

Thai maritime human trafficking case studies released

Thailand Trafficking Case Studies Translations provided by the Labour Rights Promotion Network Foundation (LPN)   Case: 0827201400875 After being rescued, staff from Labour Rights Promotion Network Foundation (LPN) has contacted this fisherman’s father. Soon after hearing his father’s voice, he has let out his joy through tear. His employer has broke his contract which stated that he...

UNHCR, IOM, IMO, UNODC and OHCHR Joint Statement on Protection at Sea in the Twenty-First Century

UNHCR, IOM, IMO, UNODC and OHCHR Joint Statement on Protection at Sea in the Twenty-First Century 10 December 2014 We are deeply concerned about the loss of life, injury, trauma and serious human rights violations affecting migrants, asylum-seekers and refugees traveling by sea. The situation is stretching rescue and reception infrastructure, as well as...

Human Rights Watch – Thailand: Don’t Supply Prisoners to Fishing Boats

For Immediate Release Thailand: Don’t Supply Prisoners to Fishing Boats  End Pervasive Abuse in Fishery Sector (New York, December 11, 2014) – Thailand’s military government should cancel a plan to encourage prisoners to work on fishing boats given the widespread abuses in the Thai fishery sector, Human Rights Watch said today. On December 4,...

Law Society Annual Human Rights conference 10 December 2014 – London

Annual Human Rights conference 2014  Human Rights at Sea is pleased to be engaged with the Law Society of England and Wales for their Annual Human Rights conference to be held in London on 10 December 2014. HRAS Founder, David Hammond, will be contributing to the afternoon discussion covering Modern Slavery in the context of slavery...

Book: Fishers and Plunderers – the exploitation of fish and fishers.

New Book “Fishers and Plunderers” In Fishers and Plunderers, Alastair Couper, Hance D. Smith and Bruno Ciceri focus on the exploitation of fish and fishers alike in a global industry driven by profits, with little consideration given to either resource conservation or human rights. With vast over provision of vessels and shortages of fish,...

Human Traffickers using prison ships in the Slave Trade – Reuters Report

  Photo Credit: Bangladesh Coast Guard   Article reproduced from the Maritime Executive 22 October 2014 Original Copyright Reuters 2014 – Article   When Afsar Miae left his home near Teknaf in southern Bangladesh to look for work last month, he told his mother, “I’ll see you soon.” He said he expected to return that...

HRAS welcomes New Zealand Government’s first charges for human trafficking

Three Indian males living in New Zealand have been arrested and two charged in relation to people trafficking in what is the first such incidence of an apparent crack-down by New Zealand authorities into such illegal activities. Photo Credit: ALDEN WILLIAMS/FAIRFAX NZ The defendants have been charged under the Crimes Act 1961 for arranging by deception the...

HRAS to speak at the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights Annual Conference Rome 10-11 November 2014

European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights Annual Conference Rome 10-11 November 2014 HRAS will be attending and speaking at the Working Group “Smuggling as a means of last resort to enter the EU”. The EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) is dedicating its annual flagship event, the Fundamental Rights Conference (FRC), to the importance...

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