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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17 March 2020

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4 March 2020

Human Rights at Sea reports lack of concerted & collaborative effort by shipping industry in developing & applying policies in line with UNGPs

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10 December 2019

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

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25 October 2019

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

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21 June 2019

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11 June 2019

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

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4 June 2019

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

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