Human rights organisations join Greenpeace and artisanal fishermen to demand the release of the Arctic 30

Press release - November 16, 2013
Dakar, November 16, 2013 – Human rights organisations - Amnesty Senegal, the African Assembly for the Defence of Human Rights (RADDHO), the Senegalese Human Rights League, as well as artisanal fishermen and Greenpeace this Saturday, mobilized in Dakar to demand the release of the Arctic 30. The organisations symbolically raised 500 paper doves in solidarity with the 30 members of the Arctic Sunrise crew arbitrarily detained in Russia since the 18th of September 2013.

"Today, the world is mobilized for the release of our activists whose only crime was their peaceful protest against the activities of Gazprom in the Arctic. Oil drilling in this fragile polar zone already threatened by climate change poses a serious environmental hazard and its consequences would be immeasurable for the planet and for humanity as a whole" said Nono Prudence Wanko, National Coordinator for Greenpeace Senegal.

The Arctic Sunrise has always sailed across the oceans to peacefully denounce threats to the environment and to the livelihoods of vulnerable communities; in 2012, the Arctic Sunrise undertook an expedition in the Senegalese-Mauritanian waters in West Africa to denounce the activities of illegal trawlers and to protect the rights of local fishermen to a healthy ocean.

"The right to peaceful protest is an inalienable human right, recognized by the international legal dogma. This situation constitutes a serious breach to the latter. As a result, we urge the Senegalese authorities to do all they can for the release of these defenders of our environment" added, the Executive Director of Amnesty Senegal, the General Secretary of RADDHO and the Coordinator of the Senegalese Human Rights League.

Amnesty Senegal, the Senegalese League for Human Rights, artisanal fishermen and Greenpeace invite President Macky Sall to press the Russian authorities to release the 28 Greenpeace activists and the 2 freelancers accompanying them.

Contact:

  • Prudence Nono WANKO, Country Coordinator, Oceans Campaign Greenpeace Africa, +221 338494141, e-mail:
  • Bakary Coulibaly, Communication Officer Oceans Campaign Greenpeace Africa,  +221 773336265 e-mail :