Monday 11 April marks three years since Julian Assange’s arrest at the Ecuadorian embassy in London. He remains behind bars at Belmarsh, a high security prison in the UK.
In March, the UK Supreme Court decision refusing to grant Julian permission to appeal against his extradition was a blow to justice. The Supreme Court missed an opportunity to clarify the UK’s acceptance of deeply flawed diplomatic assurances against torture. Such assurances are inherently unreliable, and leave people at risk of severe abuse upon extradition or other transfer.
The US government is pursuing Julian Assange for having published disclosed documents that included possible war crimes committed by the US military. This activity should not be punishable, and mirrors the work that investigative journalists do regularly.
Australia is about to go to a federal election, making it a good time for you to make contact with your federal member of parliament and advocate for Julian. 114,000 people have already signed the petition for Julian.