Human Rights at Sea International Initiative launched – 3 April 2014

Welcome to the new HRAS Blog.

Following six months development and engagement with maritime industry entities, civil society human rights NGOs, academics, lawyers and State organisations, the “Human Rights at Sea” (HRAS) international maritime initiative was launched onboard HMS PRESIDENT, moored on the River Thames, London on 3 April 2014.

An independent platform for raising the profile of human rights at sea, its aim is “to raise the profile, awareness, implementation and accountability for human rights protections, throughout the maritime industry, especially where they are currently absent and being abused“.

The “Work Areas” are iterative in their design and will be developed over the next 12 months through international engagement by “Supporting Entities” and “Collaborative Partners”

Supporting Entities are those entities who have voluntarily agreed to support the over-arching concept development of the HRAS initiative and associated website as an independent information source covering human rights issues in the maritime environment for the benefit of the international community.

Collaborative Partners are those entities who have voluntarily agreed to be listed within individual Work Areas and who wish to be involved in the development of a specific Work Area(s). Collaborative Partners may be listed as a ‘Supporting Entity’, or in the alternative, may wish to restrict their involvement to a particular issue(s).

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