Specifically, the newly-launched portal includes case studies, research findings and tools so that stakeholders are able to record abuses. In addition, the portal provides interviews with activists working on business and human rights issues at the grassroots.

The announcement of the launch was firstly made during the Geneva-based UN Forum on Business and Human Rights in the session "Advancing the BHR Agenda in the Pacific".

Mauricio Lazala, Deputy Director commented that

The new platform is an essential step forward in the development of better regional transparency across all areas of business, as well as showcasing the work of local human rights defenders.

Overall, Human Rights at Sea plays a vital role in protecting and supporting seafarers through difficulties and challenges. HRAS in its 5th Annual report highlights many achievements of the year, referring to the Geneva Declaration, which HRAS launched in April.

CEO, David Hammond, concluded

As a maritime partner to the Resource Centre we are delighted that this new civil society web platform will significantly enhance the collation and recording of human rights abuses in the Pacific region, thereby driving greater awareness and transparency.

Credit: HRAS