Julian hat am 03.07. Geburtstag!
World Press Freedom Day
Freedom for Julian Assange
3. May 2020
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
Michelle Bachelet Jeria
UN Special Rapporteur on Torture
Prof. Nils Melzer
Permanent Representative of Germany to the United Nations in New York
Ambassador Dr. Christoph Heusgen
President David Sassoli
Chairmen and members of the Committee of the European Parliament
LIBE – Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs
Chairman of the Committee Juan Fernando López Aguilar
Federal President Federal Republic of Germany
Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier
President of the German Bundestag
Dr. Wolfgang Schäuble
Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany
Dr. Angela Merkel
Chairmen of the parliamentary groups in the German Bundestag
Dr Alice Weidel, Amira Mohamed Ali, Katrin Göring-Eckardt, Dr Alexander Gauland, Dr Dietmar Bartsch, Dr. Anton Hofreiter, Christian Lindner, Ralph Brinkhaus, Rolf Mützenich
committee members in the Bundestag
Committee on Foreign Affairs, Committee on Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid, Committee on European Union Affairs Committee on Culture and the Media
Dr. Mathias John, Eilidh Douglas Chair, Gabriele Stein, Roland Vogel
Dear Sirs and Madams,
03.05.2020 is the international World Press Freedom Day. Also, on this day, the award-winning Australian journalist and Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange will be held in the high security Belmarsh prison in London (Great Britain). This is contrary to Article 19 of the Declaration of Universal Human Rights – the right to freedom of opinion and expression.
Assange has a pre-existing lung condition so is at increased risk of contracting COVID-19 and potentially dying from it. He is in fact being held as a political prisoner without a court order and deprived of his freedom.
The USA demands his extradition and for this reason alone an unconvicted journalist sits in the highest security prison in Great Britain.
According to the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Prof. Nils Melzer, there are a number of legal infractions and breaches of law (alteration of witness statements, poisoning plans, espionage). These were, and are, being committed by authorities and vested interests of several countries in secret collusion (as partly recorded by the original documents of the Swedish files or statements of employees of the security company UC Global working in the Ecuadorian embassy). The subterfuge used was in order to capture Julian Assange and cannot be compared to any other known case. This injustice screams to heaven.
On World Press Freedom Day, it is vital to draw attention to Assange’s judicial scandal, which sets a precedent that will override our most fundamental rights and will go down in history as such.
This precedent means that in the future any country could arbitrarily prosecute any journalist regardless of the country in which they live, work or their nationality. If they report about China, Qatar or Iran, that country could request the journalist’s prosecution and extradition. Do you want that? Is that how you imagine the future of journalism? We do not!
Please bear in mind that an international, award-winning, investigative journalist is being held illegally! His sentence for a minor bail infringement finished in September 2019.
Julian Assange’s life is in danger. See the links for statements of repeated and continuous warnings from:
- the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR),
- the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture – Nils Melzer,
- Doctors4Assange statement, more than 200 medical doctors worldwide who were recently published in The Lancet,
- International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI),
- Parliamentary Assembly Council of Europe(PACE) point 6.2 of resolution 2317 ,
- International Journalists associations and organizations, as well as numerous other supporters speak out in defence of Assange and our collective human rights.
The lawyer and chairwoman of the Swedish Bar Association Anne Ramberg has aptly put it this way: „Should we extradite someone to Nazi Germany who has proven the existence of concentration camps and genocide? I don’t think so…“
Worse still, if Julian Assange’s basic rights to freedom and life are ignored by the world community, then everyone can suffer the same fate. Human rights and the United Nations become devalued to a political façade.
At the beginning of the (show) trial against Julian Assange, human rights activists from all over the world were together in front of the high security prison in Belmarsh. Throughout the hearings from 24 to 27 February 2020, we were deeply shocked by the contempt and lack of empathy with which Julian Assange was being treated.
It is NOT the brave journalists who uncover war crimes who should be in the dock, but the war criminals who kill innocent civilians! As you have hopefully heard, the accusations from Sweden have turned out to be an unsubstantiated construct – as with the more than shaky accusation from the USA about espionage and a (failed!) attempt to crack a password to install video games. Does this justify the cruel, inhuman treatment of Julian Assange and the prospect of 175 years in solitary confinement or the death penalty?
Britain, the motherland of the Magna Carta Libertatum, is in the process of destroying at a stroke, fundamental and human rights that have lasted for over 700 years. Article 29 of the Magna Carta states: „No free man shall be abducted or imprisoned or have his property or his rules or his habits expropriated, ostracized or exiled or otherwise destroyed; nor shall we pass on or condemn him except by the lawful judgment of his peers or by the law of the land. We will not sell, deny or hinder law or justice to anyone.“ It is precisely this right that will fall if Julian Assange is prosecuted further or even extradited to the USA.
We therefore call on the above-mentioned institutions of the international community to place Julian Assange under the protection of the United Nations, and to condemn the war crimes of the governments of the United States of America.
We also call upon the governing coalition of the Federal Republic of Germany consisting of the CDU/CSU and SPD, the parliamentary groups and all members of the Bundestag to become aware of the responsibility that Germany assumes with its chairmanship of the UN Security Council and thus for the enforcement of universal human rights worldwide and to act accordingly.
We demand the immediate and unconditional release of Julian Assange and Asylum in a country of his choice! With Julian Assange the rule of law and democracy stands and falls.
Campaigns4Whistleblowers and Friends
- Isi from Free Assange Committee Germany and Free Assange EU
- Bibiana from Free Assange Committee Germany, Challenge Power and Free Assange EU
- Alex from Free Assange New Zealand
- Ian from Support Assange & Wikileaks Coalition (SAWCSydney)
- Mathias from Campaigns4Whistleblowers
+++ Hinweis: Julian’s Geburtstag ist bald! (03.07.) +++
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Vielen Dank an alle, die sich für Julian Assange, WikiLeaks, Whistleblower und damit für die Pressefreiheit einsetzen.
Wie es weitergeht
- 26. Juni: Internationaler Tag zur Unterstützung der Folteropfer
- 29. Jun.: Fallmanagement-Anhörung
- 03. Jul.: Julian Assange’s 49. Geburtstag
- 25. Jul.: Jahrestag: Afghan War Logs veröfftl. (2010)
- 07. Sep.: 2. Teil des Gerichtsverfahrens
- 22. Okt.: Jahrestag: Iraq War Logs veröfftl. (2010)
- 28. Nov.: Jahrestag: Cablegate (2010)
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