Greenpeace conducts protest in Moskva river for maritime court hearing of Arctic Sunrise case

Greenpeace activists are holding a protest in the Moskva river to mark the hearing of the Arctic Sunrise case scheduled to take place in the Hamburg-based International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) on Wednesday.

Greenpeace activists are holding a protest in the Moskva river to mark the hearing of the Arctic Sunrise case scheduled to take place in the Hamburg-based International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) on Wednesday.

"The hearing of the Arctic Sunrise case will begin in the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea in Hamburg today at 1:00 p.m. Moscow time. In the meantime, the Russian Foreign Ministry has refused to take part in these hearings. For this reason, Greenpeace vessels were launched into the Moskva river this morning. The purpose of the activists is to draw the attention of the public to the Arctic Sunrise case," Greenpeace said in a release issued on Wednesday.

"Right now, Greenpeace activists are floating in the Moskva river in boats. They are holding flags and calling for the release of the Arctic Sunrise crew. We have asked all people who care to join the movement in defense of the people under arrest and demand their immediate release together with us," Greenpeace reported.

The claim was filed with the international tribunal by the Netherlands, whose flag the Greenpeace icebreaker Arctic Sunrise is flying, Greenpeace said. The Netherlands demands the release of the icebreaker and everyone who was aboard it at the time of the incident.

The tribunal now limits itself to a hearing on temporary measures, the very essence of the dispute will be considered later, during the main hearing, Greenpeace International's General Counsel Jasper Teulings said.

Greenpeace International is confident that the ITLOS will take into account the fundamental rights of the thirty crewmembers and issue a fair verdict, Teulings said.

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