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’.
CEO, Human Rights at Sea
4 April 2016
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