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World Mental Health Day: Suicide of seafarers in the spotlight

Every 40 seconds, someone in the world loses their life to suicide, a figure which could justify a global interest in a greater awareness on mental health issues. On the occasion of the World Mental Health Day 2019 celebrated today, the World Health Organization sheds a focus on suicide prevention.

HRAS presents 5th annual report

Human Rights at Sea launched it 5th annual report ‘Delivering Impact and Influence’ addressing the charity’s activities from June 1 2018 to May 31 2019, highlighting that their goal is transparency in all areas of its national and international work.

HRAS proposes amendments on new UN Oceans Treaty

Human Rights At Sea proposes amendments to the draft agreement under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction to include International Human Rights Law.

HRAS calls for update at Deprivation of Liberty at Sea Guidance

After the detention by Iranian Revolutionary Guard forces of the UK-flagged Stena Impero on 19 July and the latest reported actions which have seen the 23 person crew taken off the ship for ‘questioning’, Human Rights at Sea reinstated its call for widely-accepted UN guidance, describing the basic human rights protections for crew during the deprivation of their liberty in such cases.

First female ITLOS Judge ad hoc appointed

Human Rights at Sea informed that Prof. Dr. Anna Petrig, Professor of International Law at the University of Basel, Human Rights at Sea Advisory Board Member, and co-author of the emerging Geneva Declaration on Human Rights at Sea, was appointed as a judge ad hoc at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) in Hamburg for the San Padre Pio case.

India addresses Indian seafarers’ human rights at sea

The Indian Government and National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) are thriving in light of their newly launched ‘human rights at sea’ agenda, also following their first seminar on the topic held in Mumbai on 28 February 2019, and last week’s historic NHRC meeting in New Dehli on Monday 8 July co-organised with the Forum for Integrated National Security (FINS) think-tank.

Sea Watch 3 captain free

According to sources, the 31-year-old captain of Sea Watch 3, Carola Rackete, has been released from custody. The German captain was arrested on Saturday, June 29, due to the fact that she docked the vessel in Lampedusa along with 42 migrants onboard, defying a stringent domestic law that has closed borders to migrants.

HRAS publishes podcast of abandoned seafarer

Human Rights at Sea published a podcast made by Second Engineer Vikas Mishra, abandoned on the UAE-flagged MV Tamim Aldar. The engineer has been abandoned for 33 months. The chief engineer discussed the problem of lacking tube and bunkers, meaning that the generators weren’t able to run for more than an hour a day, while the temperatures in the area were currently 40+ degrees Centigrade. 

HRAS chief ‘worried’ about closed-ports policy

Human Rights At Sea Chief Dunja Mijatovic is worried about the Italian Government’s decision against NGOs that rescue migrants in the Mediterranean. The commissioner also urged all EU states to ‘suspend all collaboration’ with Libya.

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.

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