Permalink: https://media.greenpeace.org/archive/Toxics-Action-against-Detention-at-Japanese-Embassy-in-the-Hague-27MZIFLAAWWE.htmlConceptually similarToxics Action against Detention at Japanese Embassy in the HagueGP01OGECompleted★★★★Toxics Action against Detention at Japanese Embassy in the HagueGP01OGGCompleted★★★★★★★Toxics Protest Action against Detention at Japanese Embassy in The HagueGP01OGLCompleted★★★★Toxics Protest Action against Detention at Japanese Embassy in The HagueGP01OGMCompleted★★★★Toxics Protest Action against Detention at Japanese Embassy in The HagueGP01OGNCompleted★★★★Toxics Protest Action against Detention at Japanese Embassy in The HagueGP01OGICompleted★★★★Protest at Japanese Embassy in the HagueGP019WWCompleted★★★★Protest at Japanese Embassy in the HagueGP0F6GCompleted★★★★Protest at Japanese Embassy in the HagueGP0G6HCompleted★★★★View AllGP01OGFToxics Action against Detention at Japanese Embassy in the HagueGreenpeace activists protest at the Japanese embassy in The Hague demanding the release of three activists jailed in Japan for 6 days without bail, after protesting at the Tokyo Toy Fair against the use of toxic chemicals in children's toys. They hold a banner reading "Japan: Stop toxic toys, free activists!!". On the right stands Greenpeace Toxics assistent Sandra van den Brink .In original language:Toxic Protest Actie tegen Hechtenis bij Japanse Ambassade in Den HaagGreenpeace actievoerders protesteren bij de Japanse ambassade in De Haag om de vrijlating te eisen van 3 actievoerders, die al 6 dagen gevangen zitten in Japan zonder proces na actie gevoerd te hebben bij de Tokyo Toy Fair tegen het gebruik van giftige chemicalien in kinderspeelgoed. Ze houden een spandoek vast met de tekst "Japan: Stop toxic toys, free activists!!". Rechts staat Greenpeace Toxics assistent Sandra van den Brink.Locations:Europe, West Europe-Netherlands-The HagueDate:24 Mar, 1999Credit:© Greenpeace / Ben DeimanMaximum size:3639px X 2344pxKeywords:Actions and protests-Arrests-Banners-Chemicals-Chlorine production-Clothing-Day-Demonstrations-Direct communications-Embassies-Gates-Greenpeace activists-Japanese Government-KWCI (GPI)-Large group of people-Men-Outdoors-Props-Signs-Toxics (campaign title)-Toys-WomenShoot:Toxics Action against Detention at Japanese Embassy in the HagueGreenpeace stages protests today in 21 countries demanding the release of three activists jailed in Japan for 6 days without bail, after protesting at the Tokyo Toy Fair against the use of toxic chemicals in children's toys. The activists are dressed in prison clothes with their mouths taped shut. Greenpeace is calling on the Japanese government to allow freedom of expression as is required under international human rights law. 'It is unjust to detain the activists who staged a peaceful protest at a public building to save the children from potentially dangerous PVC toys', says Greenpeace International executive director, Thilo Bode, at a demonstration at the Japanese embassy in The Hague. 'By raiding the office of Greenpeace Japan the Japanese police wants to silence the critical voices in Japan'. The activists Mark Watson (NZ), Richard Pearson (UK/Aus) and Kirsty Hamilton (Aus), who abseiled down the side of a building to unfurl a banner saying 'Play Safe, Buy PVC Free', on March 18th, were arrested but have yet to be formally charged. The Japanese authorities have indicated they will be charged with trespass and interfering with business. The Toy Fair action was part of Greenpeace's international campaign to remove toxic polyvinyl (PVC) plastic toys from sale around the world. Soft PVC is used for example in teethers, rattles and squeeze toys. It can contain 10 to 40 per cent by weight of toxic additives, known as phthalates. These additives have been linked to cancers, liver and kidney damage in laboratory animals. The Japanese government has not banned PVC toys or required retailers to remove them from shop shelves, while several countries in Europe and North America have already done so.