Recently, after Assange’s lawyers started the lawsuit against Ecuador for violating his human rights, Ecuador took Assange’s rights away for 4 days to see even his lawyers. (Article seen here) His lawyer Carlos Poveda stated that “The Assange Asylum termination is accelerating.” (See here) If Assange is evicted, his extradition to the United States (to face an espionage charge from an antiquated espionage act from World War One) is the next step. He faces life in prison or worse the death penalty for publishing documents just as the media in the United States does.
If we as human beings do nothing to save this man, his blood is on our hands. I am calling on you to start and attend vigils like the one I am organizing in Washington D.C. in front of the White House on November 10th at 11 am. We need people protesting! If you are unable to start or attend a protest, you can call your leaders, your legislators, and human rights organizations. I will publish a list of people to call at the end of this article.
The treatment Assange is receiving isn’t just about free press. It’s about free speech and our rights as individuals. It is setting a precedent for how citizens and asylees are treated in the future. It is about different countries trying to remove our rights as human beings. Once a country removes free speech and free press, we end up with another Nazi regime or worse. Did people learn nothing from what took place in Germany in the 30’s and 40’s?
By allowing Assange’s solitary confinement for 7 months and not protesting and writing letters and making phone calls, we have shown our governments that his torture is fine with us. Many have stood up and taken a stand against this atrocity, but it is not enough. We need a mass movement around the world! We cannot sit idle in our comfort zones as this travesty accelerates against this strong courageous truth-teller. We cannot patiently wait for Trump to do something to save him. It is too late for that!
Even if Assange’s eviction does not take place in the near future, his health is deteriorating quickly. In the article by one of his doctors, Dr. Sean Love, seen here, Love explains his current health conditions and why something must be done for him now:
“Over this past year, I’ve met with Assange several times at the embassy in London, and have been privy to his conditions and medical record. Assange suffers both physically and psychologically from his prolonged detention—as was found in another evaluation performed in 2015, the results of which were made available to the public. Assange’s detention continues to cause a precipitous deterioration in his overall condition and amounts to cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment.”
“Within the embassy, Assange is confined mostly to a single room and has had no meaningful access to the outdoors or to natural light in six years. As a result, he has developed myriad health sequelae and endured exacerbations of preexisting conditions. Because of his health issues, in 2015, Ecuadorean authorities requested that he be permitted humanitarian safe passage to a hospital in London; however, this was denied by the UK.”
“If Ecuador and the UK cannot guarantee these rights, then the Australian High Commission should seek Assange’s immediate repatriation to Australia. As the US withdraws from the UN Human Rights Council,Australia has the opportunity to demonstrate moral leadership at a time when our global community needs it.”
By removing itself from the UN Human Rights Council, the United States has demonstrated its denial of human rights to all people. By supporting Ecuador and Saudi Arabia, the U.S. government has further shown that human rights are not a priority in fact. Ignoring the torture and inhumane treatment of Assange, Trump has shown he does not care about international laws protecting the individual. By ignoring the UN ruling that was issued twice that Assange is being detained illegally, the UK has shown their respect for international law as well.
If we as humans, ignore his plight, we are just as guilty as government officials who advocate to slowly assassinate Assange. I call you to action! I plead with you to save this man and save our rights before it is too late!
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
“There is no greater tyranny than that which is perpetrated under the shield of the law and in the name of justice.”
“When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty.”
“Every time we witness an injustice and do not act, we train our character to be passive in its presence and thereby eventually lose all ability to defend ourselves and those we love. ~Julian Assange
Here is my list of contacts. Unfortunately, there are so many that I ask you to visit the websites I have provided to find your representatives.
Donald J. Trump and Mike Pence
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
US Senate and House of Representatives
Attorney General Jeff SessionsAustralian PMs
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530-0001
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA
- 020 7219 5206
Parliament/ House of Commons
House of Commons Enquiry Service
House of Commons
0800 112 4272 (Freephone) or 020 7219 4272
I hope this is helpful in your endeavors.