“This is the most lovely news I’ve got in the last two months, but justice will only be done when all the absurd charges are dropped. A person who only does good for the planet, like my daughter, must be recognized by their actions, not unjustly accused. This is the only way we can keep the faith in the future.”
Yesterday, the mother of Brazilian activist Ana Paula heard that her daughter will be released on bail. It’s amazing news, but Ana Paula and her fellow peaceful activists could still spend years behind bars if convicted for a crime they didn’t commit.
Below is a picture of Miguel Hernan hearing that he also has been granted bail. We need for him and the rest of the Arctic 30 to know that the we are not giving up.
This isn’t over. Send a message now to demand freedom and justice for all the Arctic 30. After two months of unjust imprisonment, it seems the Russian courts are finally heeding the call of millions of voices around the world. So far, 17 of the Arctic 30 have been granted bail, including Peter Wilcox, the Captain of the Arctic Sunrise. But the 28 Greenpeace International activists, a photographer and a videographer remain accused of piracy and hooliganism after a peaceful protest against Arctic oil drilling.
While the bail is great news, we can’t celebrate yet. Unlike the others, Colin, an activist from Australia, was denied bail and had his detention extended for three more months. And all of the Arctic 30 still face extremely serious accusations. They could have a long wait for a trial, and face years in prison if convicted on these absurd charges.
We need your help to let the world know this isn’t over yet. We must keep fighting to free our friends and bring them home to their families. We need more than bail, we need these ridiculous charges against peaceful activists dropped for good, putting an end to this madness.
Send a message to the Russian embassy: this isn’t over until charges are dropped. Click here.
Since the ship and entire crew of the Arctic Sunrise were detained exactly two months ago, a huge movement has grown to support their freedom. Thousands of people have protested in hundreds of cities worldwide with marches, vigils, demonstrations, and festivals. Activists took to the Eiffel Tower, the Sagrada Familia, and the corporate offices of oil giant Gazprom and its partner Shell to protest this injustice.
Meanwhile over 2 million messages have been sent to Russian embassies. Support has flowed in from 13 Nobel laureates, including Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Aung San Suu Kyi. Global leaders like Angela Merkel, Dilma Rousseff, and David Cameron have asked for diplomatic solutions, while celebrities like Paul McCartney, Madonna, and Jude Law added their support.
The Arctic 30 went to the Arctic to bear witness to the threat caused by oil companies in this fragile environment, and peacefully protest to protect the home of the polar bears. If you believe, like I do, that these people are heroes, and not criminals, then help bring them home. Click here.
Thank you for everything,