Open letters in defense of Julian Assange – Defend WikiLeaks


18-08-20 06:38:00,

Lawyers for Assange | August 2020

169 lawyers and legal groups join calls for Julian Assange extradition to halt

In a letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Justice Secretary Robert Buckland, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab and Home Secretary Priti Patel, 169 individuals and international legal organisations called for the Government to intervene.

If extradited, campaigners said the 49-year-old will face a “show trial”
in the US.

They added he has been subject to surveillance which violates his right
to a fair trial.

From the letter:

We write to you as legal practitioners and legal academics to express our collective concerns about the violations of Mr. Julian Assange’s fundamental human, civil and political rights and the precedent his persecution is setting.

We call on you to act in accordance with national and international law, human rights and the rule of law by bringing an end to the ongoing extradition proceedings and granting Mr. Assange his long overdue freedom – freedom from torture, arbitrary detention and deprivation of liberty, and political persecution.

See the letter here
See the list of signatories here

Press Freedom Groups | July 2020

Press freedom groups sign joint letter calling for immediate release of Julian Assange

Press freedom groups and journalist organisations are among 40 groups to today call for the British Government to release Wikileaks founder Julian Assange on his 49th birthday.

The International Federation of Journalists, Reporters Without Borders, Pen International and the National Union of Journalists are among those to sign the letter.
Executive director of PEN International Carles Torner said:  “This indictment effectively opens the door to criminalising activities that are vital to many investigative journalists who write about national security matters.

“Beyond the case itself, we are concerned that the mere fact that Assange now risks extradition and potentially decades behind bars if convicted in the USA has a chilling effect on critical journalism, which is essential for exposing the truth about crimes committed by governments.”

Rebecca Vincent, director of international campaigns for Reporters Rebecca Vincent said: “Mr Assange has clearly been targeted for his contributions to public interest reporting. All charges against him should be dropped and he should be released without further delay.”

From the letter:

The charges against Mr Assange carry a potential maximum sentence of 175 years in prison.

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