UK Parliament – Early Day Motion – Campaign to oppose extradition of Julian Assange to the USA

On the 25th April 2022 this motion was tabled in the UK Parliament signed by 21 cross party members

That this House notes that Julian Assange faces extradition to the USA and a prison sentence of up to 175 years in a super-maximum-security prison for his journalistic work, carried out in the UK; notes that this includes the exposing of war atrocities and human rights abuses in US-led wars on Afghanistan and Iraq and in Guantanamo Bay; further notes that Amnesty International has warned that extradition of Julian Assange would have a chilling effect on the right to freedom of expression; while Reporters Without Borders, the International Federation of Journalists, National Union of Journalists and press freedom groups Article 19, Index and the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom oppose extradition and have warned against the criminalising of journalistic activities; believes that this case once again highlights how the UK’s extradition treaty with the US is fundamentally asymmetric and unbalanced in favour of the United States; notes that the Home Secretary will soon have to decide whether to extradite Julian Assange to the USA; and calls on the Home Secretary to reject extradition.

Supporting Members:

Burgon, Richard
Lucas, Caroline
McDonnell, John
Corbyn, Jeremy
Sheppard, Tommy
MacAskill, Kenny
Webbe, Claudia
Hanvey, Neale
Osborne, Kate
Bonnar, Steven
Law, Chris
Abbott, Ms Diane
Trickett, Jon
Ribeiro-Addy, Bell
Stephens, Chris
Williams, Hywel
Lake, Ben
Saville Roberts, Liz
Day, Martyn
Begum, Apsana
Maskell, Rachael

reference UK Parliament Web Site