As part of this year's Geneva-based international film festival and forum on human rights, HRAS International Executive Director David Hammond will attend and speak at the forthcoming 9 March 2024 film event "Can the high seas escape the law of might?".

Preceeded by the 2018 film "Ghost Fleet" created by Jeffrey Waldron and Shannon Service, the panel will discuss the challenges of human rights protections at sea.

Moderated by Félicien Bogaerts, television presenter and environmental activist, the panelist are: Patima Tungpuchayakul protagonist of "Ghost Fleet", activist and founder of LPN Foundation, Claire Nouvian Environmental activist and founder of the Bloom Association, Shannon Service Co-director of "Ghost Fleet".

The film event is on Saturday 9 March – 14h00. Location: Espace Pitoëff - Théâtre Rue de Carouge 52, 1205 Geneva.

For Tickets: Book via FIDH Website.


About 'Ghost Fleet'

Do you know where the prawns you buy in the supermarket come from? If they come from South-East Asia, they may have been harvested by enslaved people. Led by Patima Tungpuchayakul, a woman of unwavering determination, a small group of activists have dedicated themselves heart and soul to the fight against human trafficking. They have already enabled more than 4,000 of these men, reduced to the status of modern-day ghosts, to be reunited with their families after years of silence.

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For 22 years, FIFDH - International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights Geneva - has been committed to cinema and to respecting human rights. Each year, in the heart of international Geneva and in parallel with the main session of the UN Human Rights Council, the Festival presents films and debates that highlight struggles and denounce violations wherever they may occur.

FIFDH invites activists, NGOs, professors, diplomats, artists, activists, journalists and the general public to join, exchange and discuss their points of view. 

During the 10 days of the Festival and throughout the year, the FIFDH attracts more than 40,000 festival-goers to 80 venues in the Greater Geneva area in the city centre, but also at the UN, in museums, theatres, collective accommodation centres, hospitals and prisons, with the aim of reaching out to a wide diversity of audiences and offering an inclusive event.

The debates have featured Nobel Prize winners Shirin EbadiJoseph StiglitzTawakkol Karman and Dr Denis Mukwege. High Commissioners Michelle Bachelet and Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein. Activists Angela Davis and Nathan Law. Whistleblowerse Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden. Authors Chimamanda Ngozi AdichieArundathi RoyRoberto SavianoAlice ZeniterLeïla Slimani and Philippe Sands. Artists Ai Weiwei and JR. Diplomats and politicians Svetlana Tikhanovskaïa and Leïla Shahid, but also Edgar Morin and Stéphane Hessel, along with many activists and field workers.


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