Doctor demands that Julian Assange be released immediately

More than 300 doctors and medical professionals from around the world have appealed for the immediate release of Julian Assange from prison in the UK, due to the serious deterioration of health demonstrated by the fighting he suffered in October, during an extradition hearing before trial. British High Court.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange greets supporters from the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy in London. [Foto:: AP Photo/Frank Augstein, Arkiv]

Doctors for Assange announced on 22 December an open letter, published below, to Australian Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, asking him to seek the immediate release of the WikiLeaks founder on medical grounds. The letter comes with this summons based on Joyce’s recent statements suggesting that the US extradition request against Assange should now be dropped.

The fact that hundreds of doctors have once again written and warned about Assange’s serious medical condition underscores the serious danger he faces as he spends another year behind bars, with extradition hanging over his head and possible life imprisonment on trumped-up charges. espionage in the United States.

But it should be noted that Joyce’s comments are completely hypocritical. They are designed to counter growing popular demand for Assange’s freedom, and stay in line with the Australian government’s longstanding refusal, from both the Liberal-National governing coalition and the current opposition Labor Party, to intervene on behalf of Assange, an Australian citizen.

“I have no power in the UK or the United States over this matter. I have no position in the British courts,” Joyce . said [engelsk tekst] in his chronicle published in the media group Nine Media newspaper. The government’s self-reflected position, namely to “respect British judicial proceedings”, although the UK High Court’s decision on 10 December, to pave the way for Assange’s extradition, is another quasi-legal travesty of the British judiciary.

The Australian Government has reaffirmed this position in response to every previous call from Doctors for Assange since 2019 to release him. Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne reiterated her position in response on April 24 to an earlier letter from Doctors for Assange, which asked the government to seek the release of Assange due to his very poor health, after years of imprisonment and psychological torture. In his response, now published by doctors for the first time, as an attachment to their new letter, Payne once again scornfully stated: “Australia has no role in this process.”

In fact, the Australian government was subsequently directly responsible for Assange’s mistreatment. Since Gillard’s Greens-backed Labor government in 2010, they have been centrally involved in a conspiracy with US, UK and Swedish authorities to jail Assange and be extradited to the United States for his strong and widely read WikiLeaks exposure to atrocities, mass espionage. and regime change operations carried out by the United States and its allies.

WSWS and the Socialist Equality Party continued to fight for the development of a mass movement in the working class for Assange’s freedom, as part of the struggle against the entire capitalist economic and social order, which was responsible for his imprisonment. Last week, we held an online public emergency crisis meeting to discuss how we should continue this struggle.


Doctor for Assange

Letter to Barnaby Joyce MP, Deputy Prime Minister of Australia, 22 December 2021

Shaun Dennis

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