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18 Oct 2022

Human Rights at Sea

Report: All at Sea: Is the Global Maritime Sector Effective in Business & Human Rights Implementation?

Aerial view of fishing boats and fish market in the south of Sri Lanka.

'All at Sea? Is the Global Maritime Sector Effective in Business & Human Rights Implementation?', 18 October 2022

Since their adoption by the UN Human Rights Council just over a decade ago in 2011, the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (‘UNGP’ or ‘Guiding Principles’) have shaped the global understanding of business's responsibility to respect human rights standards and provide more effective remediation to victims for corporate failures. This includes both on land and at sea without exception throughout business ecosystems.

Human Rights at Sea (HRAS) is a UK-registered charitable NGO whose aim is to raise human rights awareness, implementation and accountability throughout the maritime environment with the vision to end human rights abuse at sea since 2014. HRAS, as a leading civil society voice on human rights issues in the maritime environment, has been a member of the UN Global Compact since 2015. The organisation’s founding principle is that ‘human rights apply at sea as they do on land’. In short, nobody should live in a human rights vacuum.

...This present non-exhaustive report develops previous HRAS maritime awareness work on the UNGP. It provides a review of the developments made under the UNGP, including progress made by different stakeholders in applying the UNGP in a complex maritime environment and a developing legal landscape that is increasingly mandating business actors to engage in human rights due diligence... Case studies show how some maritime actors are taking specific steps to fulfil aspects of the UNGP and can provide helpful resources for those facing similar challenges. Whilst these are encouraging first steps significant development work remains to be done to effectively fulfil the full breadth of the UNGP in the global maritime sector...