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Activists 'treated inhumanely'

Greenpeace activists being held in a Russian jail are suffering "inhuman treatment" says a lawyer for one of the British suspects. 30 people were charged with piracy after they approached an Arctic oil rig on a ship to protest against drilling.

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Netherlands takes legal action over piracy charges

The Netherlands launched legal action against Russia to free Greenpeace activists charged with piracy after staging a protest at an offshore oil platform in the Arctic, the Dutch government has said.

Photo purportedly showing Russian officials holding Greenpeace activists at gunpoint Credit: Greenpeace

"The Netherlands today began an arbitration procedure on the basis of the [United Nations] Convention on the Law of the Sea," Frans Timmermans, foreign minister, wrote in a letter to parliament.

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