Human Rights at Sea (HRAS) has announced the commencement of its own international investigation into the murders of seafarers in international waters, following the airing of the chilling YouTube footage showing fishermen being shot at and eventually murdered off Fiji.
HRAS is being supported by the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) of the International Chamber of Commerce, Quintel Intelligence, Globus Intelligence as part of the Globus Foundation, the New Zealand Slave Free Seas NGO and southern hemisphere academics.
HRAS Founder, David Hammond said: “Since the public airing of the YouTube footage showing the murder of the seafarers in international waters, HRAS has been contacted by a number of international entities requesting information, advice and engagement in this matter.
HRAS has, through its international network of supporting partners and its own Maritime Investigation Service, the capability to engage in such an investigation of what amounts to gross human rights abuses.”
HRAS will additionally provide Interpol with any applicable intelligence and evidence gained on a case by case basis and as requested.
Quintel issued this statement on their involvement in the investigation: “Quintel Intelligence are working with HRAS to establish the facts surrounding the summary killing at sea international investigation. We have identified multiple avenues to develop the intelligence picture allowing HRAS to launch a thorough investigation into the incident.”