Please imagine being confined to a room the size of a small office in an Embassy in a foreign land. You are unable to see your family or your children or even see the sunlight. It has been six long years since you were outside for more than 5 minutes and even the five minutes only took place a total of six times. Your sleeping quarters are a converted women’s bathroom where you can barely fit a bed. You stare at the walls day in and day out until they are as familiar as the back of your eyelids. You are suffering healthwise because proper medical care is not allowed. If you walk out the front door of this living hell you will be arrested, extradited and face torture, life in prison or worse, the death penalty. Why? Because you published documents exposing injustice and crimes by an extremely powerful government.
Imagine going days without affection or basic human interaction. Imagine not knowing when it will all end. Envision being innocent and trying to show the public what their governments are doing behind their backs and being in this position. Not being able to see your children grow up or hug them is a travesty. The suffering would be immense, especially if you were an outdoors person to begin with. Think about not being able to go near windows due to the possibility of a lone gunman targeting you. Visualize hundreds of death threats and not being able to go where you please or even go out for dinner or go out on a date.
Then, just as it hope looms on the horizon, that same persecuting nation goes to the government of the embassy you sought asylum with and coerces them into putting you in solitary confinement indefinitely. They have taken away your rights to internet access, the telephone and visitors. You are not a prisoner. You are a political refugee. Now they are truly torturing you under international law and the Nelson Mandela Act. Why? Because fear makes them want to keep you quiet. Fear of being exposed.
This sounds like some sort of crazy movie plot, doesn’t it? Like something that happens on the screen, not in real life. Maybe a John Grisham thriller comes to mind. Unfortunately, the hero of this nasty plot is really living this nightmare. Julian Assange has been illegally detained against 2 UN rulings for 8 years. Six of which he has lived in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London without fresh air, sunlight, proper exercise or decent medical care. He took political asylum due to threats of extradition to the US where he faced torture, life in prison or the death penalty.
As though his confinement is not persecution enough, the Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno ordered him silenced and isolated on March 28th of this year. Assange is a very social person as every human is. According to the Nelson Mandela Act, anything over 15 days in solitary is considered torture. So now, Mr. Assange faces indefinite isolation because the US government is afraid of what he can expose. Many will argue who ordered this done, but the proof is in the pudding. I wrote an article recently showing some evidence for the reader to decide. (You can read this article here.) The point being that someone in the current administration basically bribed Ecuador, regardless of who the guilty party is. The very government who gave asylum, under a new president, is now torturing the man they gave citizenship to and diplomatic status to.
If you read my article How Solitary Confinement Effects the Human Mind, you come to the realization that people usually are affected permanently by isolation of this kind. Very simply put, what they are doing to this journalist and publisher is cruel and unusual punishment. It is a violation of human rights, free speech, and free press. It is morally and ethically against every principle we have ever been taught. An innocent man is sitting in a modern day Tower of London due to political persecution for simply telling the truth!
You would think this would take place in some 3rd world, uncivilized country but it is taking place right under everyone’s noses in London. My very heart breaks with sorrow for what this courageous truth teller is enduring. Please, if you have a heart, write to your leaders, your lawmakers, your newspapers and demand this tragedy end now.
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