The U.N. Working Group on Arbitrary Detention stated it’s concerns on the “disproportionate” sentencing of Julian Assange on Friday, according to an article by Reuters.
The statement from the UN group found here is as follows:
“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 Working Group is further concerned that Mr Assange has been detained since 11 April 2019 in Belmarsh Prison, a high-security prison, as if he were convicted for a serious criminal offence.
“This treatment appears to contravene the principles of necessity and proportionality envisaged by the human rights standards.”
Sadly, the U.K. and the U.S. will not comply with the U.N. in this atrocious case of human rights violations. Both countries claim to have a high standard regarding human rights and freedom of the press, yet both treat them with disrespect on a regular basis. We need to hold them accountable for their failure to comply with international laws especially in this case as they are numerous.