For those in the northern hemisphere today is our shortest day. The good news for those affected is that tomorrow is the first day moving towards summer. The bad news is that human rights abuses in the maritime environment continue unabated 24/7.This year I am proud that our charity has further developed the international profile and the common use of those four key words, “human rights at sea”. They are increasingly becoming part of international language howsoever used and however interpreted by individuals, organisations and governments. Our work has been briefed and referred to in the European Parliament, NATO and at the UN Human Rights Council. Further, it is receiving increasing academic exposure and comment concerning this fundamental area of maritime human rights work.I would like to once again express our sincere thanks to all who support our cause, our associated web platforms, our individual projects and programmes with sponsorship, donations and pro bono support without which we would be much less effective. Specific thanks goes to Seafarers UK.2017 will see the start of our fourth year since launch in April 2014. We look forward to further innovation in the sector, profiling cases of abuses, building awareness for seafarers and fishers both commercial and indigenous and bringing individuals, states and organisations to account, where possible.
HRAS Deprivation of Liberty at Sea publication briefed to UN Human Rights Council
The charity’s publication co-written with Dr. Anna Petrig ‘Deprivation of liberty at Sea’ has been presented to the United Nations Human Rights Council Intergovernmental Working Group on Private Military and Security Companies on 14 December 2016 in a submission on “Regulating PMSCs at Sea: Operational and Legal Specificities”. READ MORE
10th December is the annual date for recognising international Human Rights day around the globe. This year, the call was to ‘Stand up for someone’s rights today’ and was supported by the charity. The CEO’s message can be read HERE
The Christmas awareness appeal of the MV Seaman Guard Ohio crew & guards
The charity has again profiled the plight of the crew and guards of the MV Seaman Guard Ohio in prison this Christmas for the third year and has requested that support be shown with the sending of Christmas cards to the men. READ MORE
HRAS supports global coalition for Thai case against human rights defender Andy Hall
HRAS has supported the case of Andy Hall in Thailand alongside a global coalition of organisations spanning civil society in order to continue to highlight the abuses in the wrongful application of the rule of law towards human rights defenders through their arrest, detention and prosecution. There were 110 signatures from 60 civil society organizations, 28 unions and worker organizations, 13 companies and 9 members of the European Parliament. READ MORE
HRAS Internship: Mediterranean Sea to Berlin
Melanie Glodkiewicz continues with her internship for the charity focusing on the Mediterranean migrant issue. She is now in Berlin following a period at sea where she experienced life-changing events off-shore Libya. Melanie runs the HRAS-SeaWatch online English BLOG
The HRAS Interview series: Women at sea
The HRAS Interview has showcased a three-part series from Australian sea-going vet about her experiences at sea, often as the only woman onboard and often subject to harassment and abuse. READ MORE
Missing Seafarers and Fishers Reporting Programme database expands
The Missing Seafarers and Fishers Reporting Programme continues to build its international database www.missingseafarers.org with more submissions from families and open-source materials.
New Internship Programme Promotional Film
Human Rights at Sea launched its new short film detailing the scope, objectives and the delivery of its Internship Programme for 2016-2017. The film explores the background to the charity, the views of the Programme from industry, Trustees, the CEO and the interns themselves. It gives a detailed insight into what interns can expect from their time with the charity, their roles, responsibilities and tasks. VIEW NOW. Read about ourInternship Programme
Corporate Profile Document
Please review our updated Corporate Profile Document detailing the charity’s work, achievements, supporters and financial requirements as part of the charity’s drive for full transparency. Review & Download
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