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HRAS launches second Flag States and Human Rights report

Human Rights at Sea collaborated with the University of Bristol Law School Human Rights Implementation Centre and launched the second report ‘An evaluation of Flag State Practice in Monitoring, Reporting and Enforcing Human Rights Obligations on Board Vessels’, as part of a continuous study into the engagement, policies and remedies affected by flag States in relation to their duties to uphold human rights at sea.

Indian seafarers given 50% of salary, some still remain abandoned at sea

Human Rights at Sea highlighted that the remaining abandoned Indian seafarers are trying to negotiate their salaries, keeping in mind that their two vessels have been arrested, and most seafarers were in such a desperate situation that they accepted the company’s offer without further negotiation.

City of Geneva formally supports Geneva Declaration

The City of Geneva has formally endorsed the development of Geneva Declaration on Human Rights at Sea in a signing ceremony held at the Palace Eynard in Geneva between the Mayor of Geneva, Mr. Sami Kanaan, and the Founder of the British charity, Human Rights at Sea, Mr. David Hammond.

HRAS launches ‘Geneva Declaration on Human Rights at Sea’

The first version of the inaugural ‘Geneva Declaration on Human Rights at Sea’ is published by Human Rights at Sea after the initial drafting session was held in Switzerland on 20-21 March 2019 at the Graduate Instiute of International and Development Studies, Geneva.

HRAS publishes case study on Indian abandoned seafarer

UK Human Rights at Sea published a third Abandonment of Seafarers Case Study, on behalf of Indian seafarer AB Mayur Gawade. The publication follows the case study on behalf of Captain Ayyappan Swaminathan, Master of the MV Azraqmoiah and the case study concerning the abundance of the eight Indian seafarers in Walvis Bay.

Abandoned seafarers’ family discusses consequences

Human Rights at Sea published the first of a series of case studies on the families of Indian seafarers that are still abandoned for more than 33 months, offshore the UAE. HRAS’s latest publication ‘Abandonment. A Pattern of Human Rights Abuse’ aims to alert the public’s awareness of the consequences to those who suffer, including the family members left behind.

Geographic boundaries of ‘High Risk Area’ for piracy in the Indian Ocean reduced

The Round Table of international shipping associations plus the OCIMF representing the global shipping and oil industry have announced that the geographic boundaries of the ‘High Risk Area’ for piracy in the Indian Ocean have been reduced. The regional UKHO Maritime Security Chart, Q6099 will be updated by Notice to Mariners and a new version will be produced to reflect these changes which will take effect from 1 May 2019.  

Indian government engages in Human Rights at Sea debate

On 28 February 2019, the Forum for Integrated National Security (FINS) think-tank, with Indian Government engagement, held the inaugural national-level seminar on ‘Human Rights at Sea’ in Mumbai. This was the first time that a State has recognised and been engaged in the emerging ‘Human Rights at Sea’ concept and surrounding debate.

HRAS comments on citizens’ criminalization of SAR in Med Sea

Human Rights at Sea published a new briefing note on the ‘Legal and Policy Matters Arising from the Increased Criminalisation of the Civil Society Search and Rescue Activities in the Mediterranean’. This is the second publication on the issue of the increasing levels of criminalisation of civil society search and rescue (SAR) organisations.

HRAS: Inconsistencies by flag States led to ‘Aquarius Dignitus’ de-flaggings

Human Rights at Sea issued its independent review and commentary into the ‘Human Rights and International Rule of Law Ramifications of the De-Flagging of M/V Aquarius Dignitus’. This is a vessel chartered by SOS Méditerranée and previously operated along with the Amsterdam-based branch of Médecins Sans Frontières, rescuing men, women and children in the Central Mediterranean Sea.


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