Thursday, 17 October 2013

MPs to debate, Family visits Foreign Office, more of the thirty denied bail


This brilliant illustration by Nibby Williams sums up the ridiculous nature of the charges laid against Kieron.

On Wednesday Kieron's family visited the Foreign Office.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-24557235

"His father Andy, from Shebbear, in Devon, said: "Days like today give us a little bit more positivity, a little bit more hope.

"The Foreign Office has assured us they are in talks with other governments... we wanted to know they were doing this.""

This was covered on BBC Spotlight South West TV News. Unfortunately this is only available on iPlayer for a very short time. Here's some photos of Russell being filmed, and as he appeared:


The Guardian also covered the meeting: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/oct/16/greenpeace-arctic-30-families-appeal-release

MP Chris Bryant has managed to secure a debate in then House of Commons, about the Arctic 30. The BBC covered the story here:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-24565224

"Andy Bryan, father of freelance video journalist Kieron, said the debate was "good news" for the families.

"In terms of publicity, a debate in the Commons is good news for us and will hopefully get [Foreign Secretary] William Hague to do something," he told BBC News."

Andy also mentions that they hoping to get a phone call from Kieron soon.

Details of the debate can be found on the UK Parliament website: http://services.parliament.uk/calendar/Commons/WestminsterHall/2013/10/23/events.html

Please write to your MP to encourage them to attend this debate. You can find your MP at http://findyourmp.parliament.uk/

Ready-to-use letters can be found here:

If you have already written to your MP: Letter

If you have not yet written to your MP: Letter

More of the Arctic 30 have today been denied bail, again with proceedings held up by translation issues. Eleven Nobel laureates, including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, added their voices calling for the piracy charges to be dropped. The Independent covers this:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/drop-piracy-charges-against-greenpeace-activists-nobel-laureates-implore-russias-president-putin-8887358.html

German chancellor Angela Merkel has also commented on the case:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/16/us-russia-germany-greenpeace-idUSBRE99F0LI20131016

BBC correspondent Daniel Sandford has made this documentary about oil drilling in northern Russia:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03f049z

A few people have asked me about Kieron's legal representation after his last letter. Kieron has a lawyer provided by Greenpeace, who are also covering the costs for Kieron's family to travel to Russia. The Donate page has more details of this.

Please write to your MP. It's quick and easy and may just help to Free Kieron.