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2-year anniversary of Julian Assange’s incarceration in Belmarsh prison – 11 April

April 11th marks two years since Julian Assange has been held in maximum security Belmarsh prison in London for his work as a publisher.

Mark this week by calling at least one of your local representatives and demanding they speak up about Julian Assange’s case which has profoundly dangerous implications not only for Assange but also for the freedom of expression and the press.

We encourage you to video and upload your call as this will encourage others to do likewise – the campaign will promote the best recordings

If you are in the UK contact your Local MP, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Home Secretary.
This is the recommended UK Script:

Hello –
I am calling to express my extreme concern about the situation of Julian Assange. His prosecution is a huge threat to all publishers and our rights to hold foreign and domestic governments to account. All major newspapers and Human Rights organizations, from the Telegraph and Guardian to Amnesty International oppose this prosecution.
My family and I are very angry about this issue and want it stopped now.

If you are in the United States contact your Local Congressman, State Senator, The White House, Department of Justice.
This is the recommended US Script:

Hello –
I am calling to express my extreme concern about the situation of Julian Assange.
His prosecution is huge threat to all publishers, and to citizens’ rights to hold government accountable. It is a very dangerous violation of the first amendment, which if allowed to continue would fundamentally change the relationship between citizens and the state. All major newspapers and Human Rights organizations, from the  New York Times to Amnesty International oppose this prosecution.
My family and I are very angry about this issue and want it stopped now.

If you are in Australia contact your MP, Senator, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
This is the recommended Australian Script:

Hello –
I am calling to express my extreme concern about the situation of Julian Assange. His prosecution is a huge threat to all publishers and our rights to hold foreign and domestic governments to account. The editors of the New York Times, Washington Post and all major freedom of speech and Human Rights organizations oppose this prosecution.
My family and I are very angry about this issue and want it stopped now. Tell Scott Morrison to make the call and bring our boy home before its too late.

If you are in France contact the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs.
This is the recommended French Script:

Bonjour –
Je vous contacte pour relayer et exprimer mon extrême inquiétude face à la situation de Julian Assange. Sa persécution est une énorme menace pour tous les éditeurs et pour nos droits de demander des comptes aux gouvernements étrangers et nationaux. Tous les principaux journaux et organisations de défense des droits, Le Monde au Mediapart à Amnesty International, s’opposent à ces poursuites.
Ma famille et moi sommes très en colère contre cette persécution et voulons qu’elle cesse immédiatement.

Extraditing Assange to the US has been opposed by all major newspapers including The Washington Post, New York Times, The Guardian, Der Spiegel, Le Monde, El Pais and many more. He faces a sentence of 175 years for exposing war crimes, governmental abuses and corruption.

Despite a 4 January 2021 UK Magistrates Court ruling that his extradition would be oppressive and must be stopped, Assange continues to be denied bail and remains in detention. He has been detained in one form or another for over 10 years – either under house arrest, seven years while under political asylum in London’s Ecuadorian embassy, or for the past two years in Belmarsh Maximum security prison.

Read the timeline of events of Julian Assange’s Expulsion & Arrest.

Due to Covid restrictions Assange has been unable to receive any visitors for more than a year, including his fiancee and two young children. Communication with his lawyers has been difficult and Assange’s ability to prepare for the US appeal against him severely hampered.

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Award and prize nominations 2021

Julian Assange, who was again nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize this year is also eligible for the following awards in 2021:

Václav Havel Human Rights Prize

Awarded each year by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in partnership with the Václav Havel Library and the Charta 77 Foundation to reward outstanding civil society action in the defence of human rights in Europe and beyond.

Deadline for nominations – 30 April 2021

For more information click here.

Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought

Awarded for the first time in 1988 to Nelson Mandela and Anatoli Marchenko, the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought is the highest tribute paid by the European Union to human rights work. It gives recognition to individuals, groups and organisations that have made an outstanding contribution to protecting freedom of thought. Through the prize and its associated network the EU assists laureates, who are supported and empowered in their efforts to defend their causes.

Deadline for nominations – 1 June 2021

For more information click here.

Olof Palme Prize

The prize is annually given to a single recipient or to several for an outstanding achievement in any of the areas of anti-racism, human rights, international understanding, peace and common security.

Deadline for nominations10 September.

For more information click here.

Jaime Brunet International Prize for Human Rights

The prize is to promote and disseminate the protection of human rights and contribute to the eradication of degrading and inhumane treatment, and situations which violate the inherent right to dignity.

Deadline for nominations30 September.

Details for 2021 are not published yet.

Free Press Award – Most Resilient Journalist.

Free Press Unlimited wants to honour journalists who risk everything to bring us the news, media pioneers who pave the way for equality and justice and those who persevere under the most difficult circumstances.

Details for 2021 are not published yet.

Check back for latest updates here.

Don Bolles Medal

The award recognizes investigative journalists who have exhibited extraordinary courage in standing up against intimidation or efforts to suppress the truth about matters of public importance.

For more information click here.

Liberal International Prize for Freedom

Awarded annually to honour an individual who has made an exceptional contribution to the advancement of human rights and political freedoms. Recipients come from across the world and have fought on issues from women’s empowerment to establishing democracy.

For more information click here.

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Vietnam war leaker Daniel Ellsberg warns against extraditing Julian Assange

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Ask your MP to sign EDM 719

Ask your MP to sign Early Day Motion 719.


EDM 719 acknowledges statements by the National Union of Journalists, the International Federation of Journalists, Reporters Without Borders and others in relation to the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and affirms commitment to press freedom and public-interest journalism.

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Human Rights Advocates

Senator the Hon Marise Payne,
Minister for Foreign Affairs
senator.payne@aph.gov.au
foreign.minister@dfat.gov.au
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

PO Box 5317
Cobargo
NSW 2550

27 May 2020

Dear Minister,

We the undersigned representatives of Australian human rights, digital rights and civil society organisations are calling for your urgent intervention on behalf of Mr Julian Assange.

Mr Assange and his colleagues at WikiLeaks helped extend the power of investigative journalism and truth-telling into the digital age, exposing war crimes and human rights abuses to public view. As a result, he has paid a heavy penalty.

In May 2019, Professor Nils Melzer, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture declared that Mr Assange had been “exposed to persistent, progressively severe abuse ranging from systematic judicial persecution and arbitrary confinement in the Ecuadorian embassy, to his oppressive isolation, harassment and surveillance inside the embassy, and from deliberate collective ridicule, insults and humiliation, to open instigation of violence and even repeated calls for his assassination.” He stated that Mr Assange shows the symptoms of an individual subjected to torture.

Professor Melzer’s review was undertaken well before the global pandemic, which has severely disrupted the UK’s prison and judicial systems. Since then, the situation has deteriorated gravely, with remand prisoners now subjected to effective solitary confinement.

The Australian government should be willing to intervene to protect the lives of Australians caught up in legal processes in foreign countries, where those proceedings violate international law.

Before the court reconvenes on 1 June, we request of you the following:

1. To make representation on Mr Assange’s behalf that he be released on bail immediately;
2. To relay to us the outcome of this representation.

Mr Assange is a publisher, a father and an Australian citizen. It is time he had the support of his Government.

We await your response,

yours sincerely,

Suelette Dreyfus, Blueprint for Free Speech
Stuart Rees, Sydney Peace Foundation
George Newhouse, National Justice Project
Lizzie O’Shea, Digital Rights Watch
Victorian Council for Civil Liberties (Liberty Victoria)
Nicholas Cowdery AO QC,President, New South Wales Council for Civil Liberties
Valerie Joy, Alternatives to Violence Queensland
Christine McKenzie, PEN Melbourne Margaret Pestorius, Australian Nonviolence Projects
Cate Adams, Wage Peace
Dr Sue Wareham OAM, Medical Association for the Prevention of War Tony Kevin, Canberra
Stanley Koulouris, Unions Australia, Sydney.
Dr K.H. Sievers, Australian Voice
Ian Rose, Support Assange & WikiLeaks Coalition (Sydney Aus)
Lorese Vera, Convenor, Canberra Action 4 Assange.
Tristan Sykes Convenor, Free Assange Hobart
Clare Smith, Adelaide support group for Assange
Margaret Grace Richardson, Founder – Julian Assange Supporters Alice Springs
Sean O’Reilly, Brisbane Assange Action Brisbane Queensland
Rod Lemin, Brisbane Assange Action Brisbane Queensland
Paul Oboohov, Socialist Alliance, Canberra Branch
Melbourne Activist Legal Support (MALS)
Raine Sinclair, Melbourne4WikiLeaks
Tom Cooper, Melbourne4WikiLeaks
Lorine Anita Brice, Melbourne4WikiLeaks
Kate Hecimovic, Melbourne4WikiLeaks
Joe Lorback, Solidarity Sound System
Danielle Wood, People For Assange
Mitchell Duirs, Perth 4 Assange, WA
Walter Mellado, Australians For Assange
Amelia Ryan, Australians For Assange
Dianne Andary, Australians For Assange
Desmond McMillan, Australians For Assange
Phillip Adams, Australians For Assange
Camillo De Luca, Australians For Assange
Rosemary Gower, Riverland Support Group for Julian Assange’s Freedom Jean Lee, Adelaide Friends of Wikileaks