The U.N. is calling for freedom from Belmarsh Prison in the U.K. calling it a breach of his human rights. According to an article in the Guardian ( seen here):
The group has twice previously called for Assange to be freed, after it judged his confinement to the Ecuadorian embassy by the threat of arrest should he leave amounted to arbitrary detention.
The U.N.’s statement on Assange’s detainment states:
“It is worth recalling that the detention and the subsequent bail of Mr Assange in the UK were connected to preliminary investigations initiated in 2010 by a prosecutor in Sweden. It is equally worth noting that that prosecutor did not press any charges against Mr Assange and that in 2017, after interviewing him in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, she discontinued investigations and brought an end to the case.
“The WGAD reiterates its recommendation to the government of the United Kingdom, as expressed in its opinion 54/2015, and its 21 December 2018 statement, that the right of Mr Assange to personal liberty should be restored.”
A government spokesperson said: “The UK has a close working relationship with UN bodies and is committed to upholding the rule of law. Sentencing is a matter for our independent judges, who take into account the full facts of each case, and the law provides those convicted with a right of appeal.”
It appears that Assange’s lawyers are not going to appeal this decision but focus on the extradition hearing in this case.
Assange remains in Belmarsh, held in his cell for 23 hours out of 24. Belmarsh is called “Britain’s Gitmo” and is a high security prison for terrorists, murderers and rapists. It is over populated and understaffed and is known for prison guards being abusive in handling prisoners. ( More on Belmarsh can be found here)
It is apparent that the U.K. will not obey the U.N.’s requests and would rather bow to the U.S. empire in this case. The U.S. has pushed and bullied Britain before and will probably continue as long as the empire controls them economically.