Barrister Takes on Slavery at Sea

Children exploited for slavery and piracy.

Barrister Takes on Slavery at Sea

Children’s rights are being abused in Africa as they are exploited for slavery and through trafficking. Children are also used in piracy acts off the coast of Somalia. But these are just some of the human rights violations at sea that UK Barrister-at-Law David Hammond is fighting to stop.

“There are ongoing refugee violations in the Mediterranean by Spanish forces firing tear gas and rubber bullets into the sea at refugees trying to enter the Cueta enclave. There is exploitation of Filipino fishing crews on South Korean vessels that fish in in the Southern Oceans as contracted by the New Zealand government,” says Hammond, founder of the Human Rights at Sea (HRAS) initiative launched in April this year.

“We are also developing the UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights (the “Protect, Respect and Remedy Framework”, otherwise known as the “Ruggie Principles”) in the maritime environment, which has never been done before. This goes to best practice, raising standards and accountability for human rights violations in the maritime industry.”

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