Case Study: New Zealand Foreign Charter Vessels Amendment Act in force – protecting fishers?

“Once vessels are flagged to New Zealand the full range of New Zealand law including employment relations and workplace health and safety law will automatically apply and be enforceable.” Hon NATHAN GUY (Minister for Primary Industries) 14 February 2013 Over the last decade, the New Zealand fishing industry has been shaken by a series of high profile allegations of the abuse and exploitation of foreign … Continue reading Case Study: New Zealand Foreign Charter Vessels Amendment Act in force – protecting fishers?

Human Rights at Sea expands its global flagship ‘Missing Seafarers & Fishers Reporting Programme’

PRESS RELEASE HUMAN RIGHTS AT SEA 28 April 2016. Human Rights at Sea expands global flagship programme to record and investigate cases of missing seafarers to now include missing fishers at sea. The updated and re-titled ‘Missing Seafarers & Fishers Reporting Programme’ is a reflection of the increasing scope of the Human Rights at Sea charity’s flagship programme established in January 2014 originally focused on missing … Continue reading Human Rights at Sea expands its global flagship ‘Missing Seafarers & Fishers Reporting Programme’

Made in Taiwan: Government Failure and Illegal, Abusive and Criminal Fisheries

Greenpeace has released a new report. Made in Taiwan: Government Failure and Illegal, Abusive and Criminal Fisheries exposes human rights abuses, IUU fishing and endemic problems in Taiwan’s distant water fisheries, and outlines some of the failings we’ve observed with Taiwan’s Government and Fisheries Agency. The report is based on field investigations conducted in 2014 and 2015, and reveals serious crimes. Taiwanese companies like FCF are … Continue reading Made in Taiwan: Government Failure and Illegal, Abusive and Criminal Fisheries

Press Release: Significant blow to crew of Seaman Guard Ohio by Indian High Court

Human Rights at Sea comments on the latest developments in the ongoing matter of the detained crew of the former U.S.-owned anti-piracy vessel, the MV Seaman Guard Ohio. It is with regret that the charity reports that yesterday, the Madras High Court Bench refused to suspend the five-year sentences imposed by the Thoothukudi Principal Sessions Court on 11 January 2016 on six British nationals, 14 Estonians, three … Continue reading Press Release: Significant blow to crew of Seaman Guard Ohio by Indian High Court

NGO Criticizes Maersk’s Ship Recycling Plan

By MarEx 2016-02-12 13:35:25 Featured Image photocredit: Shipbreaking at Alang (courtesy IMO) Ship recycling advocacy organization NGO Shipbreaking Platform issued a statement Friday strongly criticizing Maersk Group’s plan to send its vessels to Alang, India’s beaching shipbreakers, and to work with Alang’s yards to improve conditions. “Today, the majority of ships are dismantled and recycled at facilities on beaches. Here, the standards and practices often do not adequately … Continue reading NGO Criticizes Maersk’s Ship Recycling Plan

First Family Impact Statement of the Missing Seafarers Reporting Programme published

Human Rights at Sea Press Release Immediate First Family Impact Statement of the Missing Seafarers Reporting Programme published Human Rights at Sea announces the publication of the first Family Impact Statement as part of its wider case study and investigation work on cases of missing seafarers and fishers who have been registered on the charity’s Missing Seafarers Reporting Programme. www.missingseafarers.org. The Family Impact Statement is a … Continue reading First Family Impact Statement of the Missing Seafarers Reporting Programme published

Press Release: Human Rights at Sea welcomes ITF pledge to fund MV Seaman Guard Ohio crew legal costs

“Our families face financial ruin. Men have lost wives, houses have been repossessed, family members have died and one of the men is due to become a father in the next few days. This existence cannot be sustained indefinitely. Politicians on both sides should resolve their differences. It is unfortunate that normal people should suffer in this manner”. MV Seaman Guard Ohio crew member, 8 … Continue reading Press Release: Human Rights at Sea welcomes ITF pledge to fund MV Seaman Guard Ohio crew legal costs