UN Demands Freedom For WikiLeak’s Assange, Rules ‘Arbitrary Detention’ Must End

Whitney Webb | True Activist

The United Nations has rejected UK attempts to overturn their ruling that Julian Assange’s ‘arbitrary detention’ is unlawful and deprives him of fundamental human rights.

After nearly four years of being effectively trapped inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, Julian Assange, the Editor-in-Chief of WikiLeaks, may soon walk free thanks to a United Nations ruling announced today.




The international body had previously decided in February that Assange was being “arbitrarily detained” by the UK and Swedish governments and that he was “entitled to his freedom of movement and to compensation.”

Assange sought asylum at the embassy in June of 2012 as he was facing extradition to Sweden over rape allegations. Assange feared that, if extradited to Sweden, that he would then be extradited to the United States, which has been arming a case against him for years over espionage charges for his work at WikiLeaks.




However, the rape allegations against Assange have been proven to be unfounded as both alleged victims have explicitly denied being raped by Assange and the case remains a “preliminary investigation” despite being over six years old.

Since being granted asylum in Ecuador in 2012, the UK government has spent an enormous amount of money paying for a constant police presence at the embassy’s entrance, in order to arrest Assange and extradite him were he to leave the building.

The practice has cost the UK over £10 million. After the UN’s February decision declaring Assange’s situation unlawful and inhumane, the UK government offered a strongly-worded appeal arguing that Assange’s “human rights have been protected throughout the process and will continue to be protected if and when he is extradited to Sweden.”




However, Assange has been unable to go outside or even to see the sun for over four years and has also been unable to see his children during this entire ordeal.

Because he has received asylum, Assange is permitted by international law to travel to Ecuador per the 1951 UN Convention on Refugees, which was signed by both the UK and Sweden.

However, both of these countries have ignored the treaty in favor of serving their geopolitical alliances with the United States, where the political establishment considers Assange a “terrorist.”

Some US politicians and political strategists have even called for his execution due to his release of sensitive US documents via WikiLeaks.

Continue reading at True Activist. 

 

You might also like

They Did It: South Koreans Oust President After Corruption and “Occult Activity”

UPDATED: Friday, March 31, 2017 THEY LOCKED HER UP Now-former President Park Geun-hye faces at least 13 charges after having businesses donate to a fraudulent Foundation in exchange for political

Thousands of Greek Farmers, Veterans, and Anarchists Rebel Against Leftist Government

While neoliberal democratic activists in America dress in vagina costumes, defend the CIA, defend the corporate media, clamor for war with Russia, and argue about who should urinate in which

Media: Trump is Trying to Control People’s Thoughts, but That’s OUR Job

In criticizing President Trump, a mainstream media anchor accidentally conceded that the job of the media is to “control exactly what people think.” The idea that the mainstream media is

Inmates are Getting Degrees at IVY League Universities in Fight Against Prison Industrial Complex

Brianna Acuesta | True Activist This NY Program Is Helping Inmates Get An Ivy League Education Hudson Link provides programs where inmates can earn degrees, decreasing their risk of re-incarceration

98-Year-Old US Citizen Outed as Nazi Commander – Was Living in Minnesota

Josie Wales | The Anti-Media Polish authorities announced Monday that they will seek the arrest and extradition of Michael Karkoc, a 98-year-old U.S. citizen allegedly exposed as a former Nazi

Media Silent as a Record Quarter Million Romanians March on Tyrannical Government

Upwards of a quarter of a million Romanians have taken to the streets in record breaking numbers to protest the country’s corrupt politicians. For the first time since the fall

Reporter: All News Is Fake, Controlled By Government And Intelligence Agencies

One of the world’s foremost journalists, Dr. Udo Ulfkatte, has revealed what many of us have known for a long time. His message: the whole mainstream media is completely fake.

On the Legitimacy of #PizzaGate – the Child Sex Trafficking Ring in Washington DC

UPDATE: 11-24-16 The following transmission was sent by a senior level journalist with a reputable agency who wrote anonymously. Shortly after (s)he spoke out, Reddit banned tens of thousands of

Man Arrested For Microwaving His ID To Fry The Microchip And Protect His Privacy

John Vibes | True Activist This week, a 29-year old German man was arrested at Frankfurt Airport after police noticed that he had microwaved his ID to disable the microchip