Italy sees major drop in migrant crossings from Libya to Europe. But is the cost too high?

Human Rights at Sea comments in the recent article by The Christian Science Monitor about the increasing concern about the actions of the Italian State and European Union in trampling on customary humanitarian principles and international human rights law relating to migrants and refugees returned to Libya, and the well-documented human rights abuses suffered by them at the hands of the EU trained Libyan authorities. … Continue reading Italy sees major drop in migrant crossings from Libya to Europe. But is the cost too high?

HRAS Intern becomes Erasmus+ Ambassador

Melanie Glodkiewicz selected as an Erasmus+ Ambassador “My internship has been a life-changing period” Wednesday 14 June 2016 Human Rights at Sea is delighted to announce that a former intern, Miss Melanie Glodkiewicz, has been selected to become a European Erasmus+ Programme ambassador following her work on Mediterranean migrant projects for the charity and while seconded to the German NGO, Seawatch. Melanie joined the HRAS … Continue reading HRAS Intern becomes Erasmus+ Ambassador

Film Shows Horror of Mediterranean Migrant Crossings

A film debuted at the 2016 Berlin film festival shows the bodies of migrants so tightly packed in the hold of a boat that they died of asphyxiation within hours of starting their voyage across the Mediterranean. Director Gianfranco Rosi’s says his two-hour documentary film “Fuocoammare” (Fire at Sea) “bears witness to a tragedy that’s happening right in front of our eyes”. “I think that … Continue reading Film Shows Horror of Mediterranean Migrant Crossings

SE Asia migrant slow deaths at sea reported off Thailand

Article first reported in Phuket Wan Tourism News Picture: HRAS via MAREX 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 men, women and children on the ship, one of seven … Continue reading SE Asia migrant slow deaths at sea reported off Thailand

European Commission: Ten point action plan on migration

European Commission – Press release  Joint Foreign and Home Affairs Council: Ten point action plan on migration Luxembourg, 20 April 2015 At a joint meeting of Foreign and Interior Ministers, chaired by High Representative / Vice-President Federica Mogherini and held in Luxembourg, Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Commissioner Avramopoulous presented a 10 point plan of the immediate actions to be taken in response to the … Continue reading European Commission: Ten point action plan on migration

Thai Prison Labour Plan attracts international media attention.

The joint letter from 45 NGOs and international human rights organisations to the Thai Prime Minister, Prayut Chan-o-cha, asking him to end a pilot project to recruit prisoners from Thailand’s correctional facilities to fill a labor shortage in the fishing industry, has drawn significant international media attention. The following are some of the identified links which highlight the scale of the media coverage in response … Continue reading Thai Prison Labour Plan attracts international media attention.