Study by Human Rights at Sea & University of Bristol highlights human rights abuses at sea, and the challenges in monitoring & reporting them

"HRAS & University of Bristol Publish ‘Flag States and Human Rights’ Report", 24 July 2018

Human Rights at Sea [and] University of Bristol Human Rights Clinic and Human Rights Implementation Centre have published the first report on ‘Flag States and Human Rights’... Human rights abuses occur within the maritime environment; however this is a relatively unexplored, undiscussed and often ignored issue. The aim of the report is to understand how different flag states comply with their international human rights obligations and through these findings to increase awareness of human rights abuses occurring at sea and the challenges in effectively monitoring and reporting them...

In the Centre’s second year working with Human Rights at Sea, the (...) project was established to explore how three key flag States meet their international human rights obligations aboard vessels registered under their flag.

Professor Rachel Murray, Director of the University of Bristol Human Rights Implementation Centre commented on the Report:

"...The Human Rights Law Clinic enables students (...) to team with an external organisation and practitioners, to carry out research for them which will be of benefit in their work. It provides the students with real-life practical application of their developing legal knowledge and gives them an opportunity to enhance their legal research and analytical skills. The students benefit enormously from the work and have found it stimulating and enjoyable”.

Human Rights at Sea proudly supports the work of University of Bristol Human Rights Implementation Centre and congratulates the students who authored the report for their hard work. The Flag State Research Project will continue to be developed.

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