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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13 February 2018

Pacific: Human Rights at Sea report highlights alleged fisheries abuses and related deaths

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7 February 2018
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7 February 2018

Thailand sets up special tribunals for illegal fishing cases

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5 February 2018

New tool launched to help co's identify risk of human trafficking, slavery & child labour in seafood supply chains

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30 January 2018

Thailand: Court awards 1.99 million baht to trafficked Myanmar fishers; 6 accused get 10-year prison term

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23 January 2018

Commentary: "Put workers at the helm of social sustainability in seafood"

Author: Abby McGill, International Labor Rights Forum

…These are important steps, but missing one important element: inclusion of workers. The social auditing solution proposed by the Seafood Taskforce and other industry- and government-led social sustainability programs has been shown to be ineffective...

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23 January 2018

Fiji: Blockchain technology joint pilot project launched to address illegal fishing practices and human rights abuses in Pacific Islands tuna industry

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23 January 2018

Thailand: Forced labour, trafficking, & worker abuse still rampant in fishing industry despite reform measures

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22 January 2018

Indian Fishing Community Asks U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Case Challenging World Bank Group Immunity

Author: EarthRights International

Indian fishing communities and farmers represented by EarthRights International (ERI) and the Stanford Law School Supreme Court Litigation Clinic petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court this week to hear their case. Last year, the U.S. Court of Appeals for...

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6 January 2018

Indonesia: Human trafficking suit settlement between Indonesian fishermen & American boat owner no impact on nearly 800 others; past report found men on some boats living in squalor & lacking food

Author: Associated Press, Bangkok Post

"Indonesian fishermen settle human trafficking suit" 04 January 2018...

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