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Seafarer charity launches Ukraine appeal

Human Rights at Sea will gather evidence of human rights abuses and help repatriate stranded seafarers and their families

Charity deploys team to Ukraine to aid relief efforts and urges shipping companies to donate towards its emergency appeal

HUMAN Rights At Sea will send a team to the Black Sea region to help seafarers and their families caught in the Ukraine crisis.

UK maritime charity staff will help gather evidence of human rights abuses by Russia, working with international organisations on the ground.

The humanitarian disaster caused by Russia’s invasion would likely persist for many months after fighting stopped, said chief executive David Hammond.

He said a team of three people would be in the country for about two weeks at first, but would not say who or where out of security concerns.

“HRAS is basing in the Black Sea region to provide on-the-ground support to seafarers and their families as it comes across those in need, as well as gathering evidence of human rights abuses and war crimes,” he said.

The charity's emergency appeal aims to raise £50,000 ($65,280) and has already raised about £10,000.

The organisation has released its Geneva Declaration on Human Rights at Sea to clarify human rights principles to underpin future laws and overcome ‘sea-blindness’, the public tendency to ignore crime and abuse it cannot see.

The document does not create new obligations for states, but reminds coastal and flag states of existing ones.

Danica Crewing Specialists managing director Henrik Jensen says the situation in Ukraine remains critical, with electricity and communications cut off in several cities.

Mr Jensen, who manages 1,800 mostly Russian and Ukrainian crew, said Danica’s holding centres for returning Ukrainian seafarers in Poland were full.

It urged owners to house sign-off crew in other European Union countries since Ukrainians could enter them without a visa. 

The company had received requests to help sign-on crew leave the country. For most this is illegal, since Ukrainian men aged 18-60 are barred from leaving the country.

It was possible for men to leave in “unofficial ways” by paying bribes and taking risky routes to the border, but Danica “does not recommend or participate in this”, said Mr Jensen, adding those caught trying to leave illegally risked life in prison for treason.


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