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Amsterdam.- The Dutch government has lodged a rare application at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS), asking it to order the immediate release of the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise and all those who were aboard for the peaceful protest against Gazprom’s Arctic oil platform, the Prirazlomnaya. If ITLOS rules in favour of the Netherlands, the 28 Greenpeace International activists, freelance photographer Denis Sinyakov and freelance videographer Kieron Bryan could go home while they await confirmation of a Russian court date.

The Dutch authorities initiated an arbitration case against Russia on October 4, and are calling for ITLOS to indicate ‘provisional measures’ pending the outcome of that arbitration.(1) ITLOS is an independent judicial body located in Hamburg, Germany, established to resolve disputes about the interpretation and application of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

Requesting ITLOS to indicate ‘provisional measures’ is an unusual step for a government to take and one Greenpeace International welcomes.

“Greenpeace applauds the Dutch government for taking these very important steps,” said Greenpeace International General Counsel, Jasper Teulings. “However, it will likely take about four weeks before the Tribunal announces the verdict. Greenpeace International calls on all governments involved to step up their work to ensure the immediate release of the detainees.”

The Netherlands has never launched a case at ITLOS before and has done so now as the Arctic Sunrise is a Dutch flagged ship. The legal argument presented by the Netherlands will remain unknown until case documents become public, probably at the start of hearings. A likely argument is that the Russian Federation violated the right to freedom of navigation by boarding the vessel in Russia’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and clearly outside of Russia's territorial waters, in contravention of the UNCLOS. (2)

Since the inception of ITLOS in 1996, 21 cases have been submitted to the Tribunal, and of those, four related to provisional measures.

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9 comment(s)
Written by: anthonyC, 22 Oct 2013 10:47 AM
From: United States


The Netherlands should be sanctioned for allowing one of their flagged vessels to commit acts of terrorism.

It is a shitty country filled with scum. They are famous for their racism and for being one of the most enthusiastic collaborators of the NAZIs. 2nd only to the Danes.


Written by: guillermone, 22 Oct 2013 12:30 PM
From: United States, Bring Back DT Forum
This story was placed on the wrong section. It should be located under the "World" heading and not local or home news.
Written by: Trinitario809, 22 Oct 2013 7:07 PM
From: Dominican Republic, is not the solution to Haiti's problems !
She looks like a "Haitian Suspect".

Any questions, please contact Josean.
Written by: guillermone, 22 Oct 2013 7:09 PM
From: United States, Bring Back DT Forum
"She looks like a "Haitian Suspect."

Yeah.......from which part of Haiti is that?
Written by: GoneNative, 22 Oct 2013 7:42 PM
From: Dominican Republic, La Romana
@anthonyC "It is a shitty country filled with scum. They are famous for their racism and for being one of the most enthusiastic collaborators of the NAZIs. 2nd only to the Danes".

This is your quote, Anthony, from the only country in the world that allowed a racist military man to be its president AFTER World War II, and still allows its courts to make racist rulings. In most counties racism is outlawed, also in the Netherlands.
Written by: guillermone, 22 Oct 2013 9:29 PM
From: United States, Bring Back DT Forum
In most counties racism is outlawed, also in the Netherlands.

Except for Pot, pornography and prostitution............What a country........... !!!!
Written by: watcher48, 25 Oct 2013 9:11 AM
From: United States, Omnipresence
"Pot, Pornography and Prostitution"....I gotta confirm this, can I get a government grant for reserach on this?
Written by: guillermone, 25 Oct 2013 9:47 AM
From: United States, Bring Back DT Forum
"I gotta confirm this, can I get a government grant for reserach on this?

Apply for it, you will get it. The more frivolous the study, the quicker you will get you money.
Written by: watcher48, 25 Oct 2013 10:14 AM
From: United States, Omnipresence
Please...address me as "Professor Phallus, PhD"....
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