Trapped in a Russian jail

To the Heads of State of Brazil, India, South Africa and the EU:

The 30 women and men aboard the Greenpeace Arctic Sunrise were brave enough to confront the oil industry in one of the last untouched places on earth. Now they are being silenced and intimidated on trumped up charges of piracy. Their arrest in international waters also violates the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. This disproportionate crackdown is a serious issue that deserves your attention -- we call on you to use your influence over Russia to appeal for the release of these men and women.
 
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Ana Paula is a 31-year old from Brazil who wanted to peacefully protest Russia’s plans to drill the Arctic. Now she, along with her 29 crewmates from the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise, is locked in a Russian jail with no release in sight. But we can throw her and the rest of her crew a lifeline.   

The Greenpeace staff, some in solitary confinement, are now facing fifteen years in prison on trumped up charges of piracy. Their crime? Hanging a banner on a Russian oil rig to protest dangerous deepwater drilling in one of the earth’s most beautiful and fragile places. Many western governments have already spoken out, but now Ana Paula and Greenpeace are asking the Avaaz community to help build a truly global outcry. 

Together we can call on some of Russia's strongest trade and political partners -- Brazil, India, South Africa and the EU -- to call for the release of the Arctic 30. Let’s reach 1 million to free Ana Paula and her friends. Once we hit that mark, Avaaz will project their faces in key public places to keep this story at the top of the news.

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