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Freedom for Julian Assange

Julian Assange has been deprived of his freedom for nine years. Why? Because he has exposed U.S. war crimes. Since then the US, with the active help of Sweden and Great Britain, has been trying everything possible to bring him to the US and imprison him there forever. The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Nils Melzer, states in his report published on 1 November 2019 that Julian Assange’s health has deteriorated rapidly within a short period of time and his life is now in danger.

We initiate a parliamentary citizens' initiative and demand political asylum for Julian Assange.

Together with DiEM25, we have already collected far more than the 500 signatures required to submit the petition. Therefore, the Committee on Petitions must deal with our request on 01 June 2020. Until then, the citizens‘ initiative can be signed online. The more people sign, the more pressure there is on politicians to finally act.

Let us together stand up for democracy!

Questions and answers on the Assange case

Here we have compiled a few questions and answers from the UN Special Rapporteur for Torture, Nils Melzer, about the case. You can find the whole interview here.

The accusations in Sweden have been dropped. Only the US is left in accusing Assange of violating espionage laws. He is said to have helped the American whistleblower Chelsea Manning to publish secret material from US military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan – whereby, among other things, war crimes committed by US soldiers became public. But documents about banks, corrupt politicians and information from secret services from other countries were also made public via the platform. Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison and pardoned by US President Barack Obama shortly before the end of his term of office.

Assange is threatened with a secret show trial with an already set outcome.

Yes, that is the picture we were given, but the opposite is true. Assange has contacted the Swedish authorities on several occasions in order to comment on the allegations. The authorities have, however, dismissed this.

Assange had consensual sex with two women and neither of them ever claimed or implied that they had been raped. These allegations were probably fabricated by the Stockholm police to get their hands on Assange.

After the rape allegations were reopened, Assange repeatedly had his lawyer inform the authorities that he wanted to comment on the matter. The public prosecutor dismissed this: one time she was not available, another time the policeman in charge was on sick leave. Three weeks later, his lawyer wrote that Assange had to go to a conference in Berlin and asked if he would be allowed to leave the country. The public prosecutor’s office agreed in writing. However, once Julian Assange left Sweden, an arrest warrant was issued against him immediately. In any case, Assange travelled to London, but did not evade justice. Instead, he asked the public prosecutor’s office, through his Swedish lawyer, for several appointments for an interrogation in Sweden.

Assange did not refuse. He demanded an assurance of non-extradition to the US. This has been refused more than thirty times in seven years, even though such assurances are commonplace.

Assange faces up to 175 years in prison under conditions that the UN Special Rapporteur and Amnesty International have classified as inhumane. By way of comparison, the main war criminals in the Yugoslavia Tribunal have received sentences of 45 years.

Yes, because of a breach of bail, which consisted in receiving diplomatic asylum from another UN member state for political persecution, just as international law requires, and as countless Chinese, Russian and other dissidents have done in Western embassies. Assange was sentenced in a summary trial to 50 weeks in a high-security prison – an obviously disproportionate punishment, which had only one purpose: to keep Assange in detention until the US could complete their espionage charges in peace.

Yes, he was deliberately psychologically tortured by Sweden, England, Ecuador and the US. At first in the form of highly arbitrary trials. Judicial procedures were abused to put a person in a position where he couldn’t defend himself. In addition, there were surveillance measures, insults, humiliation and attacks by politicians of these countries, even death threats. This constant abuse of state power has caused Assange enormous stress and anxiety and has left him with measurable cognitive and neurological damage.

Because it is frightening which legal vacuum has been created here: Powerful people can walk over corpses with impunity, journalism becomes espionage and telling the truth becomes a crime. We are in serious danger of losing the freedom of the press.

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