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Help Julian Assange With Emails to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop

NOW IS THE TIME TO SUPPORT JULIAN ASSANGE!!

THE UN DECISION HAS DESTROYED THE CREDIBILITY OF THE UNITED KINGDOM!!

WE MUST PUSH NOW FOR JULIAN’S RELEASE FROM ARBITRARY DETENTION!!




As you have seen, the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has agreed with Julian that his many different forms of detention in the UK constitute arbitrary detention. They are in direct contravention of international commitments made by the United Kingdom. This proves that his detention is in the UK is ILLEGAL. The United Kingdom must give him back his passport and acknowledge that he has been given political asylum by Ecuador.

Of course the UK is pretending this is not the case, but in fact they are skating on very thin ice. The rest of the world knows the UK government’s treatment of Julian Assange is unjust and illegal. They may be forced to accept their loud and repeated support for human rights in other countries has been a fraud, as they refuse to acknowledge the human rights violations within their own borders.

WHAT WE CAN DO IN AUSTRALIA IS TO WRITE TO THE PRIME MINISTER AND FOREIGN MINISTER INSISTING THAT THEY SUPPORT JULIAN AND WORK TO FREE HIM FROM DETENTION IN THE UK.

Below you will find a draft letter asking Australia to request that the UK government: (1) return Julian’s passport, (2) declare they have no legally valid reason to arrest or detain Mr. Assange, and (3) abide by the decision of the Working Group since they fully participated in the process. The letter also asks the Australian government to (4) provide full support to Julian at this time.

We suggest you cut and paste the letter given below OR modify it to your liking OR send a different message to both the Prime Minister and the Foreign Minister. Remember however that the central point is that the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister work to free Julian Assange from arbitrary detention in the UK.

You can contact Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull by email at this site:
https://www.pm.gov.au/contact-your-pm


The suggested letter with the appropriate format is:


To The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull, MP
Prime Minister of Australia

Dear Prime Minister

Since August 2012, Julian Assange has been under the legal protection of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. In 2014 Mr. Assange asked the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (UNWGAD) to determine whether his detention was arbitrary and illegal. On the 5th of February this year the Working Group announced its decision. They decided Julian Assange has been arbitrarily detained in contravention of the international commitments made by the United Kingdom. This means there is no valid legal basis for his arrest by the United Kingdom should he leave the Ecuadorian Embassy.

In his submission to the Working Group, Mr. Assange claimed he has been deprived of his fundamental liberties against his will and the deprivation of his liberty is arbitrary and illegal. He further argued that there are no exceptions which apply to the obligation on the United Kingdom to recognize the asylum granted by Ecuador. Clearly the Working Group has agreed with these three points. They did not accept the often repeated claims made by the governments of the United Kingdom and Sweden.

This decision announces to the entire world Julian’s treatment during this time by Sweden and the United Kingdom has been a complete travesty of justice. I humbly request the Australian Government advises the United Kingdom to return his passport and declare they have no valid legal reason to arrest or detain Mr. Assange. I also humbly request the Australian Government to advise the United Kingdom that since they participated in the process leading to Working Group’s decision and submitted evidence to it, they must now abide by its decision. In view of the fact Mr. Assange has never been formally charged for any crime in Sweden and was held under a European Arrest Warrant only for questioning, I would humbly expect the Australian Government to provide its full support to Mr. Assange at this time.


Yours faithfully,

(Your name)


The Australia Post address for snail-mail letters to the Prime Minister is:

The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull, MP
Prime Minister
Parliament House
CANBERRA ACT 2600

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You can contact the Foreign Minister Julie Bishop by email at this site: Julie.Bishop.MP@aph.gov.au

The suggested letter (the same as to the PM) with the appropriate format is:


To The Hon. Julie Bishop, MP
Minister for Foreign Affairs

Dear Minister,

Since August 2012, Julian Assange has been under the legal protection of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. In 2014 Mr. Assange asked the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (UNWGAD) to determine whether his detention was arbitrary and illegal. On the 5th of February this year the Working Group announced its decision. They decided Julian Assange has been arbitrarily detained in contravention of the international commitments made by the United Kingdom. This means there is no valid legal basis for his arrest by the United Kingdom should he leave the Ecuadorian Embassy.

In his submission to the Working Group, Mr. Assange claimed he has been deprived of his fundamental liberties against his will and the deprivation of his liberty is arbitrary and illegal. He further argued that there are no exceptions which apply to the obligation on the United Kingdom to recognize the asylum granted by Ecuador. Clearly the Working Group has agreed with these three points. They did not accept the often repeated claims made by the governments of the United Kingdom and Sweden.

This decision announces to the entire world Julian’s treatment during this time by Sweden and the United Kingdom has been a complete travesty of justice. I humbly request the Australian Government advises the United Kingdom to return Julian Assange’s passport and declare they have no valid legal reason to arrest or detain Mr. Assange. I also humbly request the Australian Government to advise the United Kingdom that since they participated in the process leading to Working Group’s decision and submitted evidence to it, they must now abide by its decision. In view of the fact Mr. Assange has never been formally charged for any crime and was held under a European Arrest Warrant only for questioning, I would humbly expect the Australian Government to provide its full support to Mr. Assange at this time.

Yours faithfully,

(Your name)


The Australia Post address for snail-mail letters to the Foreign Minister is:

To The Hon. Julie Bishop, MP
Minister for Foreign Affairs
Parliament House
CANBERRA ACT 2600
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