Free Julian Assange, before it’s too late. Sign to STOP the USA Extradition
This is a global petition to Free Julian Assange and to stop the legal precedent being established of a USA Extradition for a non USA journalist that exposed USA war crimes. This petition invites everybody from every nation to sign and join this critically important campaign to Free Julian Assange and to save our Democratic rights. If we allow Julian Assange who is not a USA citizen and who was not in the USA when he published news to be extradited to the USA to face 175 years imprisonment and possible execution, then we no longer live in a democratic society. To allow Julian Assange to extradited for his publishing in the public interest would place every woman, child and man in western society under USA extraterritorial authoritarian rule. History proves that this always leads to the next brutal dictatorship which will assassinate, execute or permanently silence any person that publishes evidence that exposes the “authorities” criminality.
On 28 January 2020: “News from the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe –Comprising 324 parliamentarians from the 47 countries of the Council of Europe https://twitter.com/CoE , speaking for 830 million Europeans The @CoE Assembly, in a resolution on media freedom, declares that the detention and prosecution of @wikileaks founder Julian #Assange “sets a dangerous precedent for journalists” and calls for his prompt release”. The full resolution: http://assembly.coe.int/nw/xml/XRef/Xref-XML2HTML-en.asp?fileid=28508&lang=en
Julian Assange is an Australian Citizen and as such it is the fundamental responsibility of the Australian Government to protect and ensure his human rights are not violated and to this end the Australian Government has failed. It can also be stated that the Australian Government to date has been silently complicit in the psychological torture of Mr Julian Assange.
This petition to save Julian Assange was successfully tabled in the Upper House of the Australian Parliament on Nov. 12, 2019. by Senator Peter Whish-Wilson (on behalf of the Petitioner Phillip Adams) .
This petition is now the 4th largest petition to be successfully tabled in the history of the Australian Parliament and represents a huge level of support from around the world and continues to grow. We are getting stronger every minute of every day. Please Join us.
Headline from the Australian Parliament’s official website: “A petition is basically a request for action. The right to petition Federal Parliament has been one of the rights of citizens since federation, and it is the ONLY way an individual can directly place grievances before the Parliament.” https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Petitions
The Petitioner and on behalf of Signatories is now exercising that right.
By carefully following these petitioned demands grievances will be resolved.
This petition demands
No USA Extradition of Julian Assange.
Immediately after the USA Extradition Hearing commencing Feb.24 Julian Assange to walk out and at least on bail.
Freedom for Julian Assange
The Australian government is hereby instructed that they are to facilitate the providing of a bail application via consular presentations on behalf of Julian Assange so that after the USA Extradition hearing scheduled to commence Feb. 24, 2020 he may walk out of torture regardless. These instructions come from signatory John Shipton (Julian’s father Dec. 18, 2019). If Julian Assange is not absolutely allowed to walk out as a free man, then bail must be allowed, for his wellbeing as he has done nothing wrong. Get bail organised Now.
The Morrison government is instructed to follow Liberal Party policy procedure where in extenuating circumstances the Prime Minister will intervene and make high level representations to their Ministerial counterparts in jurisdictions where an Australian’s human rights are being violated. This standard procedure was witnessed in the intervention by the then LNP Prime Minister John Howard after Barnaby Joyce’s raising of the matter concerning “Habeas Corpus” in relation to David Hicks. The same occurred with the LNP Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull intervening at the March 2018 ASEAN meeting when he and his team raised the matter of James Ricketson with Hun Sen of Cambodia (Ricketson had been detained on “Espionage” charges). So to be clear it is standard practice and procedure that an Australian LNP Prime Minister directly intervenes in situations of exceptional circumstance as was the case with David Hicks, James Ricketson and is the case with Julian Assange. Why shouldn’t Julian Assange receive the same level of involvement by the Prime Minister and or Foreign Minister as others have received in similar situations.
“Julian Assange has suffered enough. It’s time to end this geopolitical madness. The man’s an Australian. He’s not an American. He wasn’t in the US when he spoke out about war crimes. Put simply, he must be allowed to return to Australia.” Andrew Wilkie MP & Co Chair of the “Bring Assange Home” Australian parliamentary group.
Julian Assange is an Australian citizen and journalist who is currently a political prisoner in London. He is facing extradition to the USA to face 175 years imprisonment and possible execution for publishing news material that was in the public interest. The information contained in his publications were not sourced by him, but rather were delivered to him by whistleblowers. Whistleblower sourced information is the usual occupational practice of an investigative journalist in a functioning democracy. This case highlights clear human rights abuses of Julian Assange, serious perversions of justice and a direct attack on the very fabric of democracy across western democracies.
Further, in light of the concerning deterioration of Julian Assange’s state of health, politicians who may be perceived as “somewhat” responsible should seriously consider how citizens would react if Julian Assange was to die in prison or be viewed shuffling in shackles in an orange fashioned Guantanamo torture jumpsuit. Responsible politicians would be best advised to deal with this matter via this legal and peaceful petitioned action and this petition provides that platform for praise and endorsement. We support responsible politicians doing the right thing and winning political points from 92% of Australians as per (60 Minutes Australia) polling that want the Australian Government to intervene and Bring Assange Home. Yes 92% is across the political spectrum.
We agree nobody is above the law. As Jeremy Hunt MP wished we will “stand together to make it an international taboo, of the highest order to murder, arrest or detain journalists just for doing their job”. (Jeremy Hunt April 6, 2019).
You can read more about this campaign in the updates below. Please, sign and share this petition.