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?

Chennai 6 Awareness Film & Family Impact Statement Released

PRESS RELEASE Immediate – 5 September 2017 CHENNAI 6 AWARENESS FILM & FAMILY IMPACT STATEMENT RELEASED Human Rights at Sea continues to support the case of the crew of the MV Seaman Guard Ohio, including the British maritime security guards who were detained on 12th October 2013 in the Indian Port of Tuticorin for possession of illegal arms and environmental pollution. Indian authorities subsequently arrested the … Continue reading Chennai 6 Awareness Film & Family Impact Statement Released

MOAS suspends Mediterranean migrant rescue operations

In an unprecedented step, the Malta based Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) search and rescue (SAR) NGO has suspended all rescue operations in the Mediterranean citing, among other reasons, concern about the lawfulness of returns to Libya and alluding to the conditions of those returnees held in detention facilities in Libya. MOAS was one of several NGOs who initially signed the Italian State-led, EU backed NGO … Continue reading MOAS suspends Mediterranean migrant rescue operations

Fishing, safety and the Human Element

  The recent Nautical Institute Seaways article (June 2017) in co-ordination with the New Zealand based FISH Safety Foundation has looked in detail at the growing need and trend to openly discuss the issues of safety in the global fishing industry, including the protection of basic human rights. The Foundation is a Supporting Entity to Human Rights at Sea, as is The Nautical Institute. [Original … Continue reading Fishing, safety and the Human Element

Year 4 Corporate Profile Document published

PRESS RELEASE Immediate 11 August 2017 Human Rights at Sea Corporate Profile Document for Year 4 Published “Over the past year Human Rights at Sea has successfully brought fundamental seafarers’ rights issues to the attention of a wider audience than ever before.  The detailed list of achievements from David Hammond and his small but very dedicated team is impressive by any standards, bringing home the … Continue reading Year 4 Corporate Profile Document published

New Seafood Supply Chain Code of Practice Published

PAS 1550:2017 Exercising due diligence in establishing the legal origin of seafood products and marine ingredients – importing and processing – Code of Practice. Human Rights at Sea is pleased to announce its close involvement in the Steering Group for the development of the Publicly Available Specification (PAS) 1550:2017 concerning a new voluntary Code of Practice for due diligence and fair working practices in the fisheries … Continue reading New Seafood Supply Chain Code of Practice Published

HRAS Interview No. 28: NGO Confronts Abortion Rights at Sea

Last year’s Zika virus outbreak saw a dramatic increase in demand for safe abortions in Latin-American countries. The virus can cause foetal brain developmental problems, and data from Women on Web, an NGO that provides access to safe abortions in countries where they are not universally available, was used to verify the jump in what activists and doctors had been reporting as an acute need … Continue reading HRAS Interview No. 28: NGO Confronts Abortion Rights at Sea