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Geneva calls for the immediate release of Julian Assange

petition: UK Home Secretary must release Julian Assange from London prison Don’t Extradite Assange Campaign a lancé cette pétition adressée à Priti Patel, Rt Hon Robert Buckland MP UK Home Secretary must release Julian Assange from London prison The UK judge had decided to block the US request for Julian’s extradition, on medical grounds. Now the US government is seeking to overturn that decision on appeal. Although the District Judge refused the extradition she nevertheless denied Julian bail. He is still being held in Belmarsh Prison, as an unconvicted prisoner, in appalling conditions during Covid lockdown. He has been there for two years not allowed to receive any visitors and has no direct access to his lawyers. He hasn’t seen his family and children since last year. The Trump administration charged Julian Assange under the Espionage Act for exposing war crimes and human rights abuses in 2010 and 2011. Julian exposed the killing of unarmed civilians and the torture of innocent people. For that the people who are driving this want to bury Julian in the deepest, darkest corner of the US prison system for the rest of his life. Julian faces a potential sentence of 175 years. If Julian Assange is extradited he will be put on trial in Alexandria, Virginia, where he stands no chance of a fair trial. It is where US intelligence agencies are headquartered. The court complex is 15 miles from CIA headquarters. The state is populated by employees of the very sector whose abuses and crimes Julian exposed. Press freedom groups consider the indictment against Julian the single gravest threat to press freedom in the US, the UK and Europe, because of its extraterritorial nature. Amnesty International says the charges against him should never have been brought in the first place. The charges were politically-motivated, and the UK government should never have so willingly assisted the US in its unrelenting pursuit of Assange. Human Rights Watch is amongst the groups asking the Biden Administration to drop the prosecution. The persecution of Julian Assange is an attack on journalists’ right to do their jobs, the public’s right to know what is done in their name, and the ability to hold our government to account. The UK government has signed the Global Pledge on Media Freedom to advocate for media freedom and safety of journalists, and hold to account those who harm journalists for doing their job, the government should commit to it and release Julian Assange from prison. Let’s come together and tell the Home Secretary — it’s time to free Julian Assange!

Monday 7 June 2021, by siawi3

Source: https://www.change.org/p/uk-home-secretary-must-release-julian-assange-from-london-prison/u/29158011

Geneva calls for the immediate release of Julian Assange
Don’t Extradite Assange Campaign
Royaume-Uni

4 juin 2021 —

Press Conference

June 4, 2pm – Bains des Pâquis, Quai Wilson, Geneva

By video-conference on Zoom

In the name of the humanitarian values rooted in Geneva, City of Peace and Human Rights, a dozen personalities, including the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer and the Mayor of Geneva, are mobilizing on June 4 to launch the “Geneva Call to Free Assange” #GVA_FreeAssange. The “AnythingToSay” statue dedicated to whistleblowers Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning as well as to Julian Assange will be installed at the same time on the Pâquis pier in front of the Geneva Jet d’eau.

The Geneva Appeal to free Assange, which includes six demands, will be made public and open for signature on June 4 at www.pressclub.ch.

The press conference will be broadcast live on www.pressclub.ch, the YouTube channel of the Swiss Press Club, and on Facebook Live.

With the presence and participation of:
Nils Melzer, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture
Stella Moris, Julian Assange’s fiancée
Frédérique Perler, Mayor of Geneva (from June 1st)
Yves Daccord, Director General of the ICRC (2010 – 2020), former journalist
Carlo Sommaruga, State Councillor, Swiss Parliament
Antoine Vey, Julian Assange’s attorney
Denis Masmejan, secretary general, Reporters Without Borders Switzerland
Jean Rossiaud, former Geneva parliamentarian, initiator of the Swiss visa idea for Assange
Blaise Lempen, president of Press Emblem Campaign (PEC)
Joseph Farrell, WikiLeaks ambassador
Davide Dormino, sculptor (AnythingToSay?), member of DiEM25
Sarah Ducret, Association des Usagers des Bains des Pâquis
Christophe Deloire, Secretary general of Reporters Without Borders

Go to the official Geneva Press Club website.

Public inauguration of the AnythingToSay? statue

June 5 – opening at 11:00 a.m.

Installed on the Pâquis pier, in front of the Geneva Jet d’eau, the sculpture by Davide Dormino anythingToSay? representing whistleblowers Edward Snowden, Chelsea Manning and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will be officially inaugurated on Saturday, June 5, the day after the launch of the Geneva Call. These same guests will participate in the Geneva Appeal, launched by the Swiss Press Club, to demand the release of Julian Assange.

The Association of users of the Bains des Pâquis, initiator and organizer of the event, will also present an exhibition on whistleblowers and will host a debate at 6pm. Throughout the day, the public will be able to show their solidarity and everyone will be able to take turns to stand on the statue in the place assigned to the citizen.

The detailed program of the inauguration on June 5 from 11am is available on the website of the Bains des Pâquis, host of the statue: www.bains-des-paquis.ch.

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Source: https://www.change.org/p/uk-home-secretary-must-release-julian-assange-from-london-prison?redirect=false

UK Home Secretary must release Julian Assange from London prison

Don’t Extradite Assange Campaign a lancé cette pétition adressée à Priti Patel, Rt Hon Robert Buckland MP

UK Home Secretary must release Julian Assange from London prison

The UK judge had decided to block the US request for Julian’s extradition, on medical grounds. Now the US government is seeking to overturn that decision on appeal. Although the District Judge refused the extradition she nevertheless denied Julian bail. He is still being held in Belmarsh Prison, as an unconvicted prisoner, in appalling conditions during Covid lockdown. He has been there for two years not allowed to receive any visitors and has no direct access to his lawyers. He hasn’t seen his family and children since last year.

The Trump administration charged Julian Assange under the Espionage Act for exposing war crimes and human rights abuses in 2010 and 2011. Julian exposed the killing of unarmed civilians and the torture of innocent people. For that the people who are driving this want to bury Julian in the deepest, darkest corner of the US prison system for the rest of his life. Julian faces a potential sentence of 175 years. If Julian Assange is extradited he will be put on trial in Alexandria, Virginia, where he stands no chance of a fair trial. It is where US intelligence agencies are headquartered. The court complex is 15 miles from CIA headquarters. The state is populated by employees of the very sector whose abuses and crimes Julian exposed.

Press freedom groups consider the indictment against Julian the single gravest threat to press freedom in the US, the UK and Europe, because of its extraterritorial nature. Amnesty International says the charges against him should never have been brought in the first place. The charges were politically-motivated, and the UK government should never have so willingly assisted the US in its unrelenting pursuit of Assange. Human Rights Watch is amongst the groups asking the Biden Administration to drop the prosecution.

The persecution of Julian Assange is an attack on journalists’ right to do their jobs, the public’s right to know what is done in their name, and the ability to hold our government to account. The UK government has signed the Global Pledge on Media Freedom to advocate for media freedom and safety of journalists, and
hold to account those who harm journalists for doing their job, the government should commit to it and release Julian Assange from prison.

Let’s come together and tell the Home Secretary — it’s time to free Julian Assange!

SIGN the Petition here

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US Tour

Homerun for Julian Assange - USA tour 2021
Don’t Extradite Assange Campaign
Royaume-Uni

6 juin 2021 —

The father and brother of award-winning Australian journalist Julian Assange will undertake a nationwide tour of the United States from June 6 – July 2, calling on the U.S. government to drop its prosecution and finally let Julian come home.

John and Gabriel Shipton, Julian Assange’s father and brother, will begin the #HomeRun4Julian tour in Miami on June 6 via a live-streamed event. The Shiptons are scheduled to make stops on both coasts and the Midwest before concluding the tour in the nation’s capital. They will also visit New York City, Columbus OH, Chicago, Minneapolis, Denver, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and many more, ending their tour in Washington, DC in hopes of pressuring the Biden administration to drop its extradition efforts.

Assange’s family members will meet with activists, press, and policymakers to raise awareness of the importance of protecting whistleblowers and journalists, and to advocate for the release of Julian Assange, whom the United Nations has declared “arbitrarily detained” since 2010.

Check out AssangeDefense.org for tour dates, updates, event details, how to get involved, video content, and more. All times are local.