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Maritime Industry

Application of human rights throughout the maritime environment at all times without exception

David Hammond, Founder & Trustee, Human Rights at Sea

From working conditions of ship workers to modern-day-slavery in the fishing industry, to violent attacks by pirates and others, to environmental contamination affecting human health, the industry is in need of norms, and standards to address these issues effectively.

Phil Bloomer, Executive Director, Business and Human Rights Resource Centre

Maritime industries continue to face serious human rights and labour rights abuses, from modern-day-slavery in the fisheries industry to labour rights violations of seafarers and those who work in shipbreaking yards. Businesses, through their operations and supply chains, should uphold human rights equally as they do on land and at sea.

This in-depth area will look into the specific labour rights issues and human rights abuses in the maritime industry with a focus on three sub-categories: seafaring, fishing and shipbreaking. 

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10 December 2019

Geneva Declaration on Human Rights at Sea online platform launched on World Human Rights Day

Author: Human Rights at Sea


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25 October 2019

Thailand: Seafood products’ trade preferences from the USA suspended because of worker rights issues

Author: AFP

Source: Reuters/Jiraporn Kuhakan...

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21 June 2019

UAE: Case of abandoned ship, Azraqmoiah, comes to close after crew repatriated after two years

In June 2019, the final crew members of the Azraqmoiah were repatriated after being stranded on the ship, moored off an Ajman port, for 18 months. ...

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11 June 2019

Report finds gaps in enforcement of human rights duties at sea by Denmark, Panama & Taiwan

Author: Human Rights at Sea, Univ. of Bristol Law School Human Rights Implementation Centre

"Second Flag States and Human Rights Report Published", 10 June 2019...

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4 June 2019

Major tuna brands failing to tackle slavery in Pacific supply chains – report

Author: Kate Hodal, the Guardian

3 June 2019...

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28 May 2019

Human Rights at Sea publishes North Irish Fisheries human rights audit & response

Author: Human Rights at Sea International

Human Rights at Sea publishes the Anglo North Irish Fish Producers Organisation (ANIFPO) voluntary annual human rights and business audits undertaken by Human Rights at Sea International Ltd (HRASi)......

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24 April 2019

Ireland: Migrant fishing workers gain new immigration rights; move comes after union took Govt. to court for allegedly facilitating modern slavery

Migrants working on Irish fishing trawlers are to be given new immigration rights to protect them from trafficking and modern slavery. Under the deal agreed between the Irish government and the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), non-EEA...

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19 April 2019

Commentary: Alleged rape on MSC Divina ship highlights need for clear understanding of flag State responsibilities at sea

Author: Human Rights at Sea

"Rape at Sea, Flag State jurisdiction and the Search for Justice", 15 April 2019...

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12 April 2019

New: Geneva Declaration on Human Rights at Sea

Author: Human Rights at Sea

"First Geneva Declaration on Human Rights at Sea published", 5 Apr 2019...

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6 February 2019
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Author: Public Eye

"Wo Schiffe sich zum Sterben verstecken", Januar 2019...

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