President of the Federal Republic of Germany states that Human Rights apply on the High Seas – 30 June 2014


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30 JUNE 2014

The Human Rights at Sea (HRAS) international initiative strongly welcomes the positive statement made by the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, President Gauck, today in his opening speech at the annual Berlin symposium on international refugee protection that ‘human rights apply on the high seas’ and that ‘the high seas are not a lawless area’.

 Video HERE.

Speaking in Berlin this evening, HRAS founder David Hammond said: “I very much welcome President Gauck’s affirmation of what is the founding principle of the ‘Human Rights at Sea’ initiative that “human rights apply at sea, as equally as they do on land” as applied in the context of ensuring that international attention is increasingly focused on human right’s violations on the high seas“.

Mr. Hammond went on to say that: “one of the reasons the HRAS team is in Berlin, is to further develop our relationship with the German Federal Government, human rights and refugee NGOs and maritime business, in urgently raising the profile of human rights abuses at sea on an international basis”.

Mr. Hammond, an English Barrister-at-Law, conceived the HRAS initiative in early 2014 with the assistance of a team of international experts in public international law, including human rights and maritime law. This includes a team headed up by Jens Dieckmann, Attorney at Law, as the German correspondent.

The initiative is now underpinned by over 30 international ‘Supporting Entities’, ‘Collaborative Partners’ and a growing network of international ‘Correspondents’ around the world.

The Human Rights at Sea initiative is the first independent international platform which, over a planned ten year period, will develop online resources, new international collaborative projects, lobby for legislative changes and provide independent investigations into human right’s abuses in the maritime environment. This will include issues of trafficking, refugees, slavery, abuses within the fisheries industry and pioneering development of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, otherwise known as the “Ruggie Principles”.

Spiegel News HERE


For more information:

David Hammond

Barrister & HRAS Founder

9 Bedford Row International, LONDON

+44 203 700 4396


Jens Dieckmann


Attorney at Law (GERMANY)

Becher&Dieckmann – Rechtsanwälte

Rathausgasse 11a, D-53111 Bonn, Germany

Fon: +492289637978

Fax: +492289637979

mobile: +491605516229

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