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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24 April 2019

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

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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

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12 April 2019

New: Geneva Declaration on Human Rights at Sea

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

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6 February 2019

Shipping industry exploits loopholes in intl. law to break up ships in South Asia under dangerous conditions for workers & environment, finds report

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2 February 2019

Australia: WWF partners with tech cos. to track supply chains involved in environmental harm & human rights abuses

The World Wide Fund (WWF) in Australia is partnering with technology companies to track supply chains and help stop illegal, unsustainable fishing practices and curb human rights abuses such as slavery. Media reports are linked below.

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23 January 2019

Dutch ship-owner fined for beaching ship in India under conditions causing damage to environment & health

Author: Hellenic Shipping News

"Another Dutch ship owner faces huge fine for having beached a vessel", 21 January 2019...

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17 December 2018

Norway: Investigation into death of a fisherman spotlights inhumane working conditions on fishing boats

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11 December 2018

HRAS publishes new legal research paper on maritime business & human rights

Author: Alejandro Guzmán Woodroffe, Human Rights at Sea

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29 October 2018

Bolton Group to adopt new tuna sourcing policy following consumer pressure for better fishing practices & human rights standards for workers

Author: Oliver Knowles, Greenpeace

"People powered progress on tuna", 24 October 2018...

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