UN professional slams States for ‘ganging up’ on Wikileaks’ Assange; alerts versus extradition, fearing ‘major’ rights offenses


” My most immediate issue is that, in the United States, Mr. Assange would be exposed to a genuine threat of major offenses of his human rights, including his liberty of expression, his right to a reasonable trial and the restriction of abuse and other terrible, inhuman or degrading treatment or penalty,” stated Nils Melzer, the UN Unique Rapporteur on abuse, in a declaration.

Mr. Assange’s health has actually been seriously impacted by the incredibly hostile and approximate environment he has actually been exposed to for several years — UN professional.

He stated he was “especially alarmed” at the current statement that the United States Department of Justice had actually lodged 17 brand-new charges versus Mr. Assange under the Espionage Act, which might result in a sentence of 175 years in jail.

” This might well lead to a life sentence without parole, or perhaps even the death sentence, if additional charges were to be included the future,” stated the Unique Rapporteur, who was likewise acting on earlier issues for Mr. Assange’s health.

On Thursday, according to reports, he was too ill to appear by means of video-link from a British jail in a hearing over an extradition demand from the United States.

Although Mr. Assange is not being kept in holding cell, Mr. Melzer stated he was seriously worried over the restricted frequency and period of attorneys’ sees and absence of access to case files, that make it difficult to prepare and sufficient defense.

Wikileaks creator Julian Assange.
Source: Screen get from OHCHR video.

” In 20 years of deal with victims of war, violence and political persecution I have actually never ever seen a group of democratic States ganging up to intentionally separate, demonize and abuse a single person for such a long period of time and with so little regard for human self-respect and the guideline of law,” Mr. Melzer asserted.

” Considering That 2010, when Wikileaks began releasing proof of war criminal activities and abuse devoted by United States forces, we have actually seen a continual and collective effort by a number of States towards getting Mr. Assange extradited to the United States for prosecution, raising major issue over the criminalization of investigative journalism in offense of both the United States Constitution and global human rights law,” the professional defined.

Ever since, he stated that there has actually been a “ruthless and unrestrained project of public mobbing, intimidation and disparagement” versus the offender– not just in the United States, however likewise in the UK, Sweden and more just recently, Ecuador– that consists of embarrassing, debasing and threatening declarations in journalism and online in addition to by senior political figures and magistrates associated with procedures.

” In the course of the previous 9 years, Mr. Assange has actually been exposed to relentless, gradually serious abuse varying from organized judicial persecution and approximate confinement in the Ecuadorian embassy, to his overbearing seclusion, harassment and monitoring inside the embassy, and from purposeful cumulative ridicule, insults and embarrassment, to open instigation of violence and even duplicated require his assassination”, the UN professional asserted.

Cellblock conference.

On 9 Might, the Unique Rapporteur went to Mr. Assange with 2 medical specialists who focus on analyzing victims of ill-treatment. The group talked to the detainee and performed an extensive medical evaluation.

” It was apparent that Mr. Assange’s health has actually been seriously impacted by the incredibly hostile and approximate environment he has actually been exposed to for several years,” the professional stated. “Most notably, in addition to physical disorders, Mr. Assange revealed all signs common for extended direct exposure to mental abuse, consisting of severe tension, persistent stress and anxiety and extreme mental injury.”.

Calling the proof “frustrating and clear,” Mr. Melzer stated that Mr. Assange “has actually been intentionally exposed, for a duration of a number of years, to gradually serious types of terrible, inhuman or degrading treatment or penalty, the cumulative results of which can just be referred to as mental abuse”.

The Unique Rapporteur condemned “in the greatest terms” the “purposeful, collective and continual nature of the abuse caused” on the detainee.

” By showing a mindset of complacency at finest, and of complicity at worst, these federal governments have actually produced an environment of impunity motivating Mr. Assange’s uninhibited vilification and abuse”, the professional argued.

In main letters, Mr. Melzer advised the 4 involved federal governments to stop all activities prejudicial to Mr. Assange’s human rights and to offer him with redress and rehab for previous damage.

He interested the UK not to extradite the detainee to the United States or any other State that would not offer assurances versus his onward move to the United States; and advised Britain of its commitment to make sure Assange’s unobstructed access to legal counsel and sufficient preparation for his procedures.

” The cumulative persecution of Julian Assange should end here and now”, concluded the UN professional.

Unique Rapporteurs and independent specialists are selected by the Geneva-based UN Human Being Rights Council to analyze and report back on a particular human rights style or a nation scenario. The positions are honourary and the specialists are not UN personnel, nor are they spent for their work.