Human Rights Activists Even Question Pirate Ruling

The Human Rights at Sea (HRAS) international maritime initiative has delivered its verdict on the payment of compensation to pirates held by the French authorities. The two cases concerned nine Somali nationals, who in 2008, having hijacked two French-registered vessels off the coast of Somalia and having themselves held hostages, were arrested and held by the French Navy before being transferred to France where they were taken into police custody and prosecuted for acts of piracy. The Court examined whether the pirates’ right to liberty and security had been safeguarded from the moment of their arrest. HRAS concluded that it is somewhat bizarre, if not absurd, that the Court ordered France to pay out.