Amidst Another Award for Courage, Doctors Still Worried About Assange’s Health

News broke today that Julian Assange won yet another award for his courage and speaking out for the rights of others. The Catalan Dignity Commission honored him with its 2019 Dignity Prize for raising awareness of the victimization of Catalans in October of 2017. Julian Assange is still being held in remand in the UK at Belmarsh prison awaiting his extradition trial to the United States. Under lock and key and held in solitary confinement 23 hours a day, doctors continue to raise their concens over Assange’s deteriorating health.

The psychological stress caused by torturous conditions and fear of extradition have further deteriorated Julian’s well being. There were already health issues after 7 years of being detained in London’s Ecuadorian embassy. Incarceration has only exasperated the process of his disintegrating health.

Concerns were raised as early as May by UN special rapporteur on torture, Nils Melzer, that Julian had all the symptoms of a prolonged torture victim. According to the Nelson Mandela Act, any solitary confinement over 15 days is considered torture. Assange has spent well over 200 days locked up in complete isolation without any meaningful human contact.

According to Better health, link seen here:

People who have been tortured can have a range of symptoms, including:

  • Headaches
  • Shaking or trembling muscles
  • Hearing loss
  • Vision problems
  • Sleeping problems
  • Anxiety attacks
  • Nervousness
  • Irritability
  • Sexual problems
  • Depression
  • Aggression
  • Suicidal thoughts

Wikipedia states the following here:

Solitary confinement has been reported to cause hypertension, headaches and migraines, profuse sweating, dizziness, and heart palpitations. Many inmates also experience extreme weight loss due to digestion complications and abdominal pain. Many of these symptoms are due to the intense anxiety and sensory deprivation.

Studies have shown higher risk for heart attacks, strokes, high blood pressure and an inability to have healthy relationships afterwards. It is a proven fact that lonely people are more prone to certain physical ailments including high blood pressure, depression, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and are more prone to infection. Mentally it has been reported to play with your sense of time, cause hallucinations, and paranoia. Many completely isolated individuals who had no meaningful human contact lost track of reality all together as studies have shown.

Imagine living your life in a box the size of a parking space. You eat there, sleep there, exercise there and defecate there. Some have no windows in their cells. There is a reason that prisoners call it being put in “the hole.”

Recently news.com.au released this:

Last year more than 100 doctors from around the world put the Morrison government on notice that Wikileaks founder Julian Assange’s health is deteriorating so rapidly, he might die in jail.

The doctors are concerned that the psychological stress he has been under – which is akin to psychological torture is manifesting in physical ailments and he could suffer a stroke, cardiac arrest or other fatal health problem at any time.

Simply put, Assange’solitary confinement is pure evil, cruel and unethical not to mention illegal. Yet the U.K. claims they are doing it to protect him. If that is protection, I would prefer to take my chances. Outside exercise takes place in a cage with nothing but cement underfoot. Visits are limited to 2 per week, a half hour each and any touching is most likely prohibited.

Julian Assange is dying in prison. Ultimately, he will suffer long term effects from the torture he is receiving. A true hero is being slowly annihilated.

Rise up. Stand up. Fight this.

Evil is that which kills the spirit, silences the soul and breaks the heart. ~Angel Fox

The Evil Within: Belmarsh Prison, Its Governor and Julian Assange

This might be a long one folks.

In recent news, a disabled prisoner within Belmarsh was found dead. This was the 3rd incarcerated individual this year who has died in Belmarsh . According to the article in the Guardian seen here:

Liridon Saliuka, 29, died after a dispute over whether he should be classified as disabled.
Liridon Saliuka, who was born in Kosovo and held a British passport, was found reportedly unresponsive in house block 4 of the high-security prison in the early evening of 2 January.
He was the third prisoner to have died in Belmarsh within the past year. Another inmate was found dead there in November.

His sister Dina stated the following from above article:

“They didn’t let him make a phone call from Boxing Day until New Year’s Day when I saw him,” Dita said. “My brother said people who committed suicide were weak and selfish. I heard from others there had been an altercation that day. He was being bullied.

“I called the prison repeatedly to [to raise concerns about his disability] but no one came back to me. He was moved on New Year’s Eve, and he said he had been sleeping on the floor because the mattress was so uncomfortable.

“He was on remand. Now my brother will never be able to clear his name in court.”

His sister also tweeted the following which is not covered in the article by the Guardian.

Rob Davis, who is the governor of Belmarsh has a history of prisoners dying under his eye. While prison warden (or as known in the U.K. prison governor), Mr. Davis had 17 inmates commit suicide at Woodhill jail while warden. 12 deaths occurred in one year. (See article here from miltonkeynes for full details).

Julian Assange is also being held in remand at Belmarsh and statement to friends is that he is dying. We cannot let this happen to an innocent journalist.

At a visit with Assange, Pamela Anderson was threatened by the warden according to an article at Sputnik seen here:

“The warden made it very clear to me, that if I were going to be a problem – he’d make problems for Julian. It was a direct threat,” the actress reportedly said.

What the problem Pamela could cause he was speaking of was never made clear by the warden nor what kind of problems he intended on giving Assange. Though Julian’s 23 hour solitary confinement and hot box treatment might be it. This threat is very enlightening as to how Rob Davis feels about prisoners under his watch however.

How long will it be before Assange is suicided? Belmarsh continues to torture a man who already served his sentence for bail jumping and is presumed innocent until proven guilty of the 18 indictments awaiting him in the United States. Julian Assange is being slowly murdered by the British justice system while people sit back and watch.

When will folks stand up for justice and their own rights? Do we have to lose a innovator of journalism, a truth teller and a human rights advocate to understand what is really taking place here?

Why isn’t the U.S. going after the New York Times and the Guardian who helped release the same documents Assange released through Wikileaks? The Guardian also released the revelations from Edward Snowden. Why are they being protected?

No man who has not yet stood trial should be held in a high security prison known as Britain’s Gitmo. According to my article, “Belmarsh: Where They Are Keeping Assange” seen here:

According to wikipedia seen here:

In November 2009, an inspection report from Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Prisonscriticised the “extremely high” amount of force used to control inmates at the prison.[5] The report also stated that an unusually high number of prisoners had reported being intimidated or victimised by staff at Belmarsh.”

Belmarsh also known as Hellmarsh is known as a Category A prison.

Category A: Category A prisons are high security prisons, holding those individuals considered the most threatening to the public should they escape. Category A prisons should not be overcrowded, given the high levels of security required.

By putting Assange in such a prison, it is obvious the U.K. and the U.S. intend to martyr him for speaking the truth. Julian Assange is a gentle, kind man who is a non-violent individual. Exposure to such torture and extreme conditions alone would certainly aid in deteriorating his already tormented soul.

The U.S. simply wants vengeance because their criminal acts of war have been exposed for what they are. Wikileaks showed the world the truth, yet no one else who published these facts have so much as been slapped on the hand.

Don’t let this happen to you fellow journalists and citizens of the world. For Assange sets a precedent for the future of free speech and free press. Today it is Julian, tomorrow it is the world.

No Explanation From Belmarsh or Court on Injuries Sustained By Assange While in Prison

After hearing from Vaughn Smith about Julian Assange’s slurred Christmas call and the statement he made that he is dying, the question still remains about his obvious sustained psychological as well as physical injuries while incarcerated.

The last time he appeared in court, he walked with a limp which he did not have six months ago. Obviously being sedated, Assange’s health has grown continuously worse as he remains behind bars in the highest security prison in the UK. He is currently on remand awaiting his extradition hearing. He spends 23 hours in solitary confinement a day. Why such serious detainment?

According to the UN Special rapporteur on torture, Nils Melzer :

“UN Standard Minimum Rules 43&44:
“Solitary confinement”: 22 or more hrs/day without meaningful human contact.
If “prolonged” (15+ consecutive days) it amounts to torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment & is always prohibited!”

Assange has been in solitary confinement for much of his time in Belmarsh since April 12th for first, a simple bail violation and now for awaiting his extradition trial. This is clearly a violation of his human rights!

In a Twitter thread Nils Melzer also shared the following:

(1/6) Just out: My letter to the #UK Govt of 29 Oct 2019, detailing serious due process violations, expressing alarm at #Assange’s detention conditions & health, reiterating my queries & calling for his prompt release. Direct link: https://t.co/mqDEFuYowZ?amp=1 (60 days & no response)

(2/6) My official findings, supported by medical experts, unquestionably provide “reasonable ground to believe” that UK officials contributed to #Assange’s psychological torture or ill-treatment, whether through perpetration, attempt, complicity or other forms of participation.

(3/6) Under the Convention against Torture, the UK Govt does not have the political discretion to simply reject such findings, but must conduct a prompt & impartial investigation and, if confirmed, prosecute the perpetrators and provide redress & rehabilitation to Mr. Assange.

(4/6) In my view, recurring & serious due process violations in the UK have rendered both #Assange’s criminal conviction/sentencing for bail violation & US extradition trial inherently arbitrary, to the point of making any legal remedies a pointless formality devoid of prospect.

(5/6) The resulting anxiety, stress & hopelessness have significantly contributed to & are currently the primary cause for #Assange’s continued exposure to psychological torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

(6/6) I therefore strongly recommend that the UK Government retract their authorization for Mr. Assange’s extradition to the United States and proceed to releasing him from prison without further delay.

Furthermore, it is the responsibility of the British State, not of Mr #Assange or his defense counsel, to ensure legal proceedings will be conducted in good faith, by independent impartial judicial magistrates & in full compliance with domestic & international law.

There is no justice in sight in this case. Assange continues to slowly be martyred by the state in an act of vengeance. How long can he sustain the torture inflicted upon him? What must it take to free him? How long before people realize they are just as guilty as his oppressors in their complacency?