The Amazon Pink Dolphin’s Voice: Chilean Senator Juan Pablo Letelier requested to accelerate political asylum for Sea Shepherd’s Captain Paul Watson.
Chilean Senator Juan Pablo Letelier requested to accelerate political asylum for Sea Shepherd’s Captain Paul Watson.
The Environment Mission considers that the extradition proceedings against Captain Paul Watson, involving Costa Rica, Germany and Japan, blatantly violate the basic principles guaranteed under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
It does seem rather legally bizarre that Germany proceeds to detain and consider extraditing Captain Paul Watson on the basis of a warrant which Interpol has dismissed as politically motivated, and without any apparent legal basis given the inexistence of an extradition treaty with Costa Rica. Furthermore with Japan confirming an extradition request against the founder of Sea Shepherd on July 19th, it is highly plausible that upon extraditing Captain Watson to Costa Rica, Germany would facilitate Watson being delivered into Japanese custody, especially as the two countries do have an extradition treaty.
Consequently the Frankfurt High Court should consider that upon being extradited to Japan, Captain Watson would not receive a fair trial. The mere fact that Japan fails to respect international law by ignoring the ban on commercial whaling, as well as recently blocking within the IWC-Panama, the Latin American initiative of creating an Antarctic whale Reserve, should be more than enough evidence to convince Germany of Japan’s political and economic motivations behind the extradition requests.
Most peculiar is the legal motive behind the extradition in the first place. The German courts need only refer to the numerous Embassy reports that suggest strong mafia links with shark fining in several Latin American countries, Costa Rica in particular.
SHARK FINNING IN COSTA RICA
Within this context, the Environment Mission has formalized a request to Chilean Senator Juan Pablo Letelier to support and accelerate political asylum for Captain Watson in two South American countries. In so doing, Senator Letelier has also been asked to refer German, Costa Rican and Japanese involvement in the Paul Watson case, to the European Parliament, and the Inter-American and Inter- Parliament Commissions on Human Rights.
SENATOR JUAN PABLO LETELIER AND FORMER PRESIDENT MICHELLE BACHELET
Dr. Gustavo López Ospina, President ART, Mariana Almeida, Executive President of SELVA-Vida Sin Fronteras, and Siona Shaman Delio Payaguaje, are amongst the founding members of the Environment Mission.
SELVA Vida Sin Fronteras acknowledges Kevin Schafer’s important contribution towards protecting the highly endangered Amazon pink fresh water dolphin. Title photographs of our “The Amazon Pink Dolphin’s Voice” were taken by Mr. Schafer.
SELVA-Vida Sin Fronteras