Human Rights at Sea builds Iranian relations through Internship Programme

Human Rights at Sea is pleased to announce the further development of its international Internship Programme as sponsored by Seafarers UK, with the acceptance of Mrs Hajar Hejazi as its first female Iranian-based intern.

Hajar was born in Dehaghan, Esfahan, Iran. After graduation for her Bachelor’s in Law from Shahrekord Azad University in 2007 she undertook a one year internship in the field of human rights & international law in Tehran.

In 2010, Hajar moved to India and after graduation from an English language course, she joined Symbiosis International University Law School in 2011 while completing her International Law post graduation degree (LLM). Her masters work concerned Law of the Sea, analyzing governments & non-governments activities and specificaly the impact of international legal systems & governments and non-governments’ activates relating to the oceans.

In 2013 Hajar developed a new Marine Charter for ocean governance which called GMPO (Global Peace Maritime Organisation ) as part of her Master’s dissertation. The GMPO Code provides new platform of law and enforcement for ocean governance. Hajar was interviewed by the leading Iranian Shargh newspaper as the first women maritime researcher and where her work on GMPO was publicly acknowledged. By an invitation, she joined Shahrekord Azad University as a lecturer in late 2014 where she teaches international and maritime law for up to 200 students in the last year.

After spending nine years studying, researching and teaching law, Hajar is one of the first Iranian female maritime researchers and the first women who has specifically researched the field of ocean governance & human rights at sea since 2012.

Human Rights at Sea CEO, David Hammond, said: “We are delighted to welcome Hajar to our international Internship Programme, specifically due to her role and position in relation of Iranian maritime matters and the new insight that she will be able to bring to the charity’s international work. It is very important that Human Rights at Sea develops strong maritime and human rights links throughout the world and this is a first step in Iran.”

Notes to Editor

Human Rights at Sea is an independent maritime human rights charity registered in England and Wales established for the benefit of the international community for matters concerning explicit engagement with human rights issues in the maritime environment. Its Mission is to explicitly raise awareness, implementation and accountability of human rights provisions throughout the maritime environment, especially where they are currently absent, ignored or being abused.

For further information

David Hammond, CEO
Human Rights at Sea, Langstone Technology Park, Langstone Road, Havant, PO9 1SA, UK