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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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