Newsletter No.5

Our Delivery - Spring 2016
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CEO's Summary
As I write this introduction to the Spring newsletter, I am delighted to report that the charity has celebrated its second anniversary since its launch on 3 April 2014, that it has delivered the first of its major publications on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and that s.54 of the Modern Slavery Act has become law in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

A very busy start to the first quarter of 2016 has seen the charity continuing to develop international links and partnerships throughout the maritime environment. The team have also undertaken drafting and delivery of several new publications, letters and impact statements, while the charity itself has been undergoing consolidation and organisational development which continues to be at the heart of this year's work.

The main focus for the summer period will be the delivery of the second Annual Report, as well as the first International Maritime Human Rights Conference in London on 14 September for which a full programme and a superb selection of international speakers have been brought together by the events team from Jeans Consulting and Petrospot.  The conference will be opened by the UK Shipping Minister and attended by speakers and guests from around the globe. 

Meantime, the charity continues to work alongside existing partners, though it is also looking forwards to establishing professional relationships with new commercial sectors and entities, some of whom are increasingly approaching the charity seeking independent and objective input on matters relating to 'human rights at sea'.

David Hammond
CEO, Human Rights at Sea
4 April 2016
International Maritime Human Rights Conference 2016 “Respect, Responsibility and Remedy in the Maritime Environment”

Ensign Events Ltd, a partnership between Petrospot and Jeanius Consulting Ltd, has established the on-line platform for the 2016 IMHR conference to be held in London at the Royal College of Surgeons on 14 September 2016. With an increasingly impressive Supporting Organisation list and respected Advisory Board all speaking slots have now been filled, backed by a comprehensive programme. Tickets are available via the website. Visit the site.

New publication on UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in the Maritime Environment

Titled: ‘AN INTRODUCTION & COMMENTARY TO THE 2011 UN GUIDING PRINCIPLES ON BUSINESS AND HUMAN RIGHTS & THEIR IMPLEMENTATION IN THE MARITIME ENVIRONMENT’, the charity has worked with key stakeholders and human rights experts over a period of six months to provide a free and professionally produced publication in support of its Charitable Objectives expressly covering the topic. The publication covers the background to the subject, the emerging need in the maritime environment, examples and case studies, as well as suggested self-help guidance for all maritime business enterprises and their senior management. Read More & Download.

UK Modern Slavery Act Briefing Note for the Maritime Environment

Human Rights at Sea has produced a new Briefing Note covering the issues raised by the UK Modern Slavery Act. It outlines the definition, who is affected, reporting requirements, the details to be contained within Company Statements and outlines legal routes to compliance. Read More & Download

Missing Seafarers Reporting Programme (MSRP)

The MSRP continues to steadily grow with in-excess of 150 cases. The addition of new cases has been inexplicably held back by a lack of wider Programme support by seafaring unions and at least one major shipowner association; this is despite strong support and funding from maritime welfare organisations. The discrepancy is of concern for the charity and it will be addressed directly with the organisations concerned. Visit the site.

First Family Impact Statement of the Missing Seafarers Reporting Programme published

Human Rights at Sea announces the publication of the first Family Impact Statement as part of its wider case study and investigation work on cases of missing seafarers and fishers who have been registered on the charity’s Missing Seafarers Reporting Programme. The Family Impact Statement is a statement obtained from the family of a missing seafarer or fisher who are willing to expressly share their side of the story and provide a first-hand testimony concerning their family member’s disappearance and the effect it has had on them. Read More.

New infographics for eyeWitness at Sea Human Rights evidence gathering app

Human Rights at Sea is pleased to announce that the latest explanatory infographics detailing how the eyeWitness App for collecting picture and video evidence at sea can be downloaded and installed. It is now available in six languages: English, French, Russian, Portuguese, Spanish and Arabic. These can be downloaded from the Human Rights at Sea website’s eyeWitness at Sea page.

European Parliament Motion for Resolution concerning MV Seaman Guard Ohio case

Human Rights at Sea has been cited by the ALDE European political party alongside the UK Prime Minister in a European Parliament motion for a 'European Parliament resolution on EU citizens under detention in India, notably Italian, Estonian and UK citizens (2016/2522(RSP)) B8‑0093/2016'. Read More.

Human Rights at Sea has joined with global NGO organisations in a joint letter to the EU Commission concerning Thai fishing and human rights abuses

Human Rights at Sea has joined fellow international labour, environmental and human rights organisations in support of a letter sent to Karmenu Vella, the EU Commissioner for fisheries, maritime affairs and environment at the European Commission. The letter urges the Commission to maintain pressure on Thailand to build upon positive reforms that have recently been made to its fishing industry, to ensure that the reforms have longevity and to address the structural problems that facilitate both Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing and human rights abuses. Read More.

The HRAS Interview

The charity continues to expand its interviews with varying individuals associated with maritime human rights. 
Sustainability expectations are growing in the shipping industry, and a new agenda is emerging. Dr Henrik Sornn-Friese is working to unify what have been, until now, fragmented attempts to bring best environmental practices to the maritime supply chain. The latest interviews can be viewed HERE.


New Gender at Sea work area HERE
Gender Briefing Note HERE
One page Gender Briefing Note HERE


New LGBT at Sea work area HERE
LGBT briefing Note HERE

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