Geneva becomes the first city to sign the maritime human rights declaration
Geneva has become the first city to officially sign the Geneva Declaration on Human Rights at Sea, a declaration that aims to raise awareness of the violation of human rights in international waters.
The declaration was compiled by lawyers, representatives of United Nations agencies and members of civil society in Geneva, and was officially launched yesterday. It calls for human rights and international laws relating to them to be applicable in international waters, just as they are on land. The declaration is designed to protect the welfare of migrants and also to support the sustainable use of the seas, the protection of biodiversity and the importance of the seas for world trade.
The Mayor of Geneva, Sami Kanaan, signed the document yesterday. His signing has been seen as a protest against the policy of the Italian Prime Minister, Matteo Salvini, to criminalise the rescue of migrants in the Mediterranean Sea.