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Amnesty International calls for action: “5 days until Julian Assange’s court case”

ACT NOW: STOP JULIAN ASSANGE’S EXTRADITION

Wednesday 19 February 2020, by siawi3

Source:  amnesty.org.au>

5 days until Julian Assange’s court case

19.02.20 08:22 (11 hours ago)

The current charges against Julian Assange stem solely from the publication of disclosed documents as part of his work with Wikileaks. Act now and demand his extradition is dropped.

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Photo: Julian Assange gestures to the media from a police vehicle on his arrival at Westminster Magistrates court on 11 April 2019 in London, England. Credit: Jack Taylor/Getty Images

Next week the UK courts start deciding whether Julian Assange will be extradited to the US to face espionage charges.

The charges stem directly from the publication of disclosed documents as part of his work with Wikileaks. This is an assault on the public’s right to know what our governments are up to.

Urge the US authorities to drop the charges against Julian Assange that stem solely from his publishing activities with Wikileaks.

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The US government is pursuing Julian Assange for publishing disclosed documents that reveal possible war crimes committed by the US military. This activity should not be punishable, and mirrors the work that investigative journalists do regularly.

The espionage charges are a chilling blow to journalists and others who expose official wrongdoing by publishing information disclosed to them by credible sources.

The risk of an unfair trial is very real given the targeted public campaign against him undertaken by US officials at the highest levels. This has severely undermined his right to be presumed innocent.

The prosecution of Julian Assange sets a dangerous precedent for freedom of expression.
Call on US authorities to drop the charges against Julian Assange now.

Julian could face detention conditions in the US that amount to torture and other ill-treatment, including prolonged solitary confinement. Julian’s rights and safety are at risk unless we call on the US to drop all charges underpinning the extradition request now.

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PETITION

Authorities in the US must drop the espionage and all other charges against Julian Assange that relate to his publishing activities as part of his work with Wikileaks.

The US government’s unrelenting pursuit of Julian Assange for having published disclosed documents that included possible war crimes committed by the US military is nothing short of a full-scale assault on the right to freedom of expression.

Julian Assange is currently being held at Belmarsh, a high security prison in the UK, on the basis of a US extradition request on charges that stem directly from the publication of disclosed documents as part of his work with Wikileaks.

Amnesty International strongly opposes any possibility of Julian Assange being extradited or sent in any other manner to the USA. There, he faces a real risk of serious human rights violations including possible detention conditions that would amount to torture and other ill-treatment (such as prolonged solitary confinement).

The fact that he was the target of a negative public campaign by US officials at the highest levels undermines his right to be presumed innocent and puts him at risk of an unfair trial. Julian Assange’s publication of disclosed documents as part of his work with Wikileaks should not be punishable as this activity mirrors conduct that investigative journalists undertake regularly in their professional capacity. Prosecuting Julian Assange on these charges could have a chilling effect on the right to freedom of expression, leading journalists to self-censor from fear of prosecution.

All charges underpinning the US extradition request should be dropped to allow for Julian Assange’s prompt release.

Protect the right to freedom of expression. Urge the US authorities to drop the charges against Julian Assange that stem solely from his publishing activities with Wikileaks.

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United States Attorney General William P. Barr
Dear Mr. Attorney General,

I urge the US authorities to drop the charges against Julian Assange that stem solely from his publishing activities with Wikileaks.

Please protect the right to freedom of expression.

Sincerely,

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