Statements on Assange

Stop the political persecution of Julian Assange

The UK must not extradite a journalist to face charges of Espionage for publishing. The US must drop its charges against Assange.

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Dunja Mijatović

Commissioner for Human Rights, Council of Europe

“Julian Assange’s potential extradition has human rights implications that reach far beyond his individual case. The indictment raises important questions about the protection of those that publish classified information in the public interest, including those that expose human rights violations.”
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Nils Melzer

UN Special Rapporteur on Torture

“The case is a huge scandal and represents the failure of Western rule of law. If Julian Assange is convicted, it will be a death sentence for freedom of the press.”

“In the US, Assange is accused of a political offence (espionage) & faces detention practices amounting to Torture/CIDTP. This means:
• He cannot be lawfully extradited
• His detention has no legal basis
He must be promptly released
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Ben Wizner

Director, ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project

“Any prosecution by the United States of Mr. Assange for Wikileaks’ publishing operations would be unprecedented and unconstitutional, and would open the door to criminal investigations of other news organizations. ” Source

Agnes Callamard

Secretary General of Amnesty International

“Assange must NEVER be extradited to the USA. It’s a serious threat to him personally and freedoms we usually honor, such as press freedom, freedom of expression and FOI.”

Reporters Without Borders
Assange’s extradition to the US would “threaten the work of all journalists

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RSF Index 2020 UK Ranking

International Bar Association
IBAHRI condemns UK treatment of Julian Assange in US extradition trial

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PEN International
United Kingdom: Julian Assange should not be extradited to the United States

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Human Rights Watch
The Assange prosecution threatens modern journalism

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Coalition Letter to US DOJ: Drop Assange Prosecution

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ARTICLE 19
ARTICLE 19 calls for US Justice Department to drop charges against Assange

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The National Union of Journalists
Assange extradition “a devastating blow for media freedom”

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Government should oppose Assange’s prosecution

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American Civil Liberties Union
For the first time in the history of our country, the government has brought criminal charges against a publisher…

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OSCE Media Freedom Representative
OSCE Media Freedom Representative calls on UK authorities not to extradite WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange to the US

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Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
Any government use of the Espionage Act to criminalize the receipt and publication of classified information poses a dire threat to journalists

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Freedom of the Press Foundation
The Trump admin’s new charges against Julian Assange are a fundamental threat to press freedom in the 21st century

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Free Press
In Assange Indictment, the Trump Administration Uses the Espionage Act to Subvert the First Amendment

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The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom
Charging WikiLeaks founder Assange under the Espionage Act is a threat to press freedom and investigative journalism

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IADL
IADL urges the Human Rights Council to call upon the UK to ensure Mr. Assange’s immediate freedom of movement

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The Committee to Protect Journalists
Assange indictment marks alarming new stage in US war on leaks

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Doctors for Assange initiative– 200+ Signatories
End torture and medical neglect of Julian Assange

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Assange-helfen.de
More than 100 German celebrities form politics, science, culture and the media signed an appeal “Release Julian Assange from custody”

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The National Union of Journalists
National Union of Journalists issues resolution on Assange extradition case

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Courage Foundation
40+ Rights Groups Call on UK to Free Julian Assange

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Lawyers for Assange
Open Letter of lawyers, academics & international legal organizations calling on UK Government to stop Julian Assange’s extradition

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Center for Constitutional Rights along with other civil-liberties groups ask Biden Justice Dept. to drop Julian Assange Case

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Defending Rights & Dissent joined press freedom, civil liberties, and international human rights advocacy organizations to call on acting Attorney General to drop the indictment of Julian Assange

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Demand Progress including other press freedom, civil liberties, and international human rights advocacy organizations call on Biden’s Justice Dept. to drop the Assange prosecution

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Access Now
Access Now including other press freedom, civil liberties, and international human rights advocacy organizations call on Biden’s Justice Dept. to drop the Assange prosecution

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The precedent created by prosecuting Julian Assange now could be leveraged—perhaps by a future administration—against publishers and journalists of all stripes.

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Fight for the Future joined press freedom, civil liberties, and international human rights advocacy organizations to call on acting Attorney General to drop the indictment of Julian Assange

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First Amendment Coalition
First Amendment Coalition joined a group of press-freedom and civil-liberties groups demanding that the Biden Administration drop criminal charges against Julian Assange

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Index on Censorship join 23 press freedom, civil liberties, and human rights organisations in call to drop case against WikiLeaks founder

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The Biden Administration Should Drop the Assange Case

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National Coalition Against Censorship joined a group of press-freedom and civil-liberties groups to call on acting Attorney General to drop the indictment of Julian Assange

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Project On Government Oversight
Project On Government Oversight joined a group of press-freedom and civil-liberties groups demanding that the Biden Administration drop criminal charges against Julian Assange

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Open the Government joined a group of press-freedom and civil-liberties groups demanding that the Biden Administration drop criminal charges against Julian Assange

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Partnership for Civil Justice Fund joined a group of press-freedom and civil-liberties groups demanding that the Biden Administration drop criminal charges against Julian Assange

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Press Freedom Defense Fund joined a group of press-freedom and civil-liberties groups to call on acting Attorney General to drop the indictment of Julian Assange

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Civil Liberties and Human Rights Groups Tell DOJ: Assange Indictment Poses Grave Threat to Press Freedom

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Roots Action
Roots Action joined a group of press-freedom and civil-liberties groups demanding that the Biden Administration drop criminal charges against Julian Assange

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Regrets that the current Administration continues the predecessor’s efforts to extradite WikiLeaks editor and founder Julian Assange

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The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is calling on all its affiliates to mobilise to ensure that all charges against Julian Assange are dropped immediately.

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Open Letter Calling for the Release of WikiLeaks Publisher Julian Assange

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Deutscher Journalisten-Verband
The German Association of Journalists appeals to Chancellor Angela Merkel, during her talks with US President Biden, to ensure that the charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange are dropped.

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Ver.di chairman appeals to the Chancellor to work with Biden for a diplomatic solution in the Assange case

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Blaðamannafélags Íslands
The board of the Icelandic Journalists’ Association calls on Prime Minister to push for the US government to drop the lawsuit against the Australian journalist Julian Assange

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PEN Centre Germany
London: Julian Assange becomes honorary member of the German PEN

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