International Tribunal to Russia: Free the Arctic 30

November 5, 2020 0 By HearthstoneYarns

Backing Greenpeace’s fight to free the “Arctic 30” from Russian detention, a UN tribunal ordered Russian authorities on Friday to release the 28 activists and two freelance journalists along with the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise and allow them to return to their home countries upon payment of a 3.6 million euro bond.

After the ruling, Greenpeace International Executive Director Kumi Naidoo stated:

The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea based in Hamburg was set up to rule on maritime disputes under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. Russia was among the UN countries to ratify the agreement.

However, following the ruling the Russian Foreign Ministry claimed the tribunal does not have jurisdiction over the matter and that it still needs to review the case.

According to Tribunal judge Ruediger Wolfrum, on the other hand, international maritime conventions state governments only have the power to arrest foreign ships in their exclusive economic zones if they are partaking in non-permitted fishing or research, as Reuters reports.

“This was not the case here,” said Wolfrum. “I think we have reached a provisional decision that secures the rights of both sides.”