In light of the COVID-19 outbreak and the crew change matter that has presented, Human Rights at Sea strongly denounces ITF’s ‘Enough is Enough’ Call to Action.
Some seafarers have contacted Human Rights at Sea, calling for greater levels of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to be made more widely available, including face masks and gloves.
Human Rights at Sea has been given a formal letter dated 31 March 2020 from the Master of the Marshall Islands flagged vessel, the MV Tomini Destiny, signed by all crew members, raising serious concerns regarding their asserted hazardous offloading operations at Chittagong, Bangladesh, and a lack of COVID-19 screening of stevedores, and adequate protection for the crew.
On the UN International Day for the Right to The Truth Concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims, Human Rights at Sea, in collaboration with law firm Shearman & Sterling LLP, launched a legal project to enable the resolution of disputes regarding human rights abuses at sea using international arbitration.
Human Rights at Sea published its latest briefing note concerning the exploitative recruitment fees in the maritime industry and further calls for an end to such fees for workers in a call to action. Namely, Human Rights at Sea note that such “misleading and exploitative recruitment practices by some labor recruiters and overseas employment agencies are a continued blight on raising social welfare and human rights standards in the global maritime sector”.
On the occasion of these important developments in 2019, Mr. David Hammond Esq., Barrister (Non-Practising), CEO, Human Rights At Sea shares his insights into achieving greater equality, justice and freedom within the maritime industry in the next years, highlighting that not much progress has been made so far while wider awareness on this important topic is of outmost importance.
Given that December 10 is the Human Rights Day, it is important to remember that in 1948 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Right, what believed to be an accomplishment those times, proclaiming equality for all regardless color, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.
On the occasion of the World Human Rights Day celebrated on 10 December every year and in response to the emerging public international awareness on abuses at sea, British charity Human Rights at Sea launched its online platform on ‘Geneva Declaration on Human Rights at Sea’.
British charity Human Rights at Sea and The Fishermen’s Mission have teamed up on a new UK Fisheries Sector Human Rights and Social Welfare Baseline Project, the first stage of which has now started to explore social welfare provisions in the sector.
The Business and Human Rights Resource Centre launched a web portal, concerning the Pacific Region, aiming to bring on the spotlight a variety of Pacific business and human rights challenges, and amplify local and community voices from the region.
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