Raising awareness of the Julian Assange case during the EAW debates in Britain.
A great number of WLsup took part in an on line campaign to raise the case of Julian Assange in Parliament for Monday’s debate, first by writing letters to their MPs, then taking the information campaign on Twitter were all MPs with twitter accounts registered in http://www.twitminster.co.uk were contacted with information about JA’s legal plight with a request to raise it in Parliament Monday the 10th of November.
But the European Arrest Warrant Debate that was promised was not to be, read here how it descended into shambles, or here that the farce reveals the disgusting way in which Britain is governed. Still, our issue remains.
Labour, however, has said it will use an opposition day debate on 19 November to discuss and vote signing back up to the European Arrest Warrant. This is a new Opportunity to re-new our awareness campaign.
Despite the overwhelming political support for the EAW among UK political parties, we still have the opportunity to point out that #EAW is open to abuse and this has led to the violation of Julian Assange’s Human Rights. He has no Member of Parliament to represent his interests in the House, despite his case being one of the more contentious instances of the warrant’s use. He is also an Australian abandoned by his government. So let’s do our best in bringing attention to the violation of his rights, by making people aware in Twitter at the relevant hashtags #EAW #EUpol #UKpol #EUArrestWarrant
Human Rights Abuses:
- 59 International Organizations Call Upon UN to Remedy Human Rights Violations in Pre-Charge Detention of Wikileaks Publisher Julian Assange.
- Julian Assange has never been charged. The UK law has changed regarding the European Arrest Warrant, no one can be extradited without being charged.
- Conditions of detention, no sunlight or fresh air, no outside space for exercise, deteriorating health with risks of losing political asylum if he sought medical assistance outside the embassy.
EAW Abuse in the Assange case
- The EAW could be issued by a civil servant, not necessarily by a judge or magistrate.
- The EAW is used for extradition for questioning at preliminary stage and no charges exist.
- No prima facie was ever presented as Liberty campaigns for.
- British Ruling Sets Alarming Precedent for Judicial Independence in Europe
- Does it matter if ministers misled Parliament?
- Recalibrating Trust in the European Arrest Warrant.
EAW and Assange, recent Media Coverage:
Assange and the European Arrest Warrant http://www.lrb.co.uk/blog/2014/11/11/bernard-porter/assange-and-the-european-arrest-warrant/
UK parliament backs anti-democratic European Arrest Warrant http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/13/arre-n13.html
A Defiant Ecuador Seeks Solutions in Assange Case http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/08/25/a-defiant-ecuador-seeks-solutions-in-assange-case/
The siege of Julian Assange is a farce – a special investigation – http://johnpilger.com/articles/the-siege-of-julian-assange-is-a-farce-a-special-investigation
Current status of the ongoing Swedish Warrant Appeal:
Assange’s Legal Team in Sweden have challenged the Swedish Arrest Warrant in the summer and they are currently pursuing a case in the Swedish Appeal Court to have the local warrant rescinded. We should have news by Friday November 21st.
Our Campaign Resources
1]. The Economic and Moral Cost of Julian Assange’s detainment http://govwaste.co.uk
2]. The UK gov would welcome a visit from the Swedish Prosecutor to question him in London: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2fDO69dSEQ
3]. Frequently Asked questions: https://freeassangenow.org
4]. Write to your MP asking them to raise the issue in Parliament: http://wiseupaction.info/2014/11/06/open-letter-to-uk-mps-julian-assange-and-the-parliamentary-debate-on-the-european-arrest-warrant-monday-10th-november-2014/
5]. “the new clause will ensure that, where a decision to charge and try is not taken, extradition cannot take place” http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201314/cmpublic/antisocialbehaviour/130716/am/130716s01.htm
Graphics (about 23 twitter characters):
Use fragment screenshots of this infographic to attach image to your tweet: http://wp.me/p2MRYW-EC
Example Tweets < 140 characters:
Stop the #EUArrestWarrant abuse in #Assange case, raise issue in Parliament #19Nov2014 #EAW Debate https://freeassangenow.org
Julian #Assange never been charged, #EAW amendment says where a decision to charge and try is not taken, extradition cannot take place.
End the legal limbo now. Question Julian #Assange in London https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2fDO69dSEQ
Stop http://govwaste.co.uk stop Julian #Assange’s four year pre-trial detainment, question him in London https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2fDO69dSEQ
British Ruling on #Assange #EAW Sets Alarming Precedent for Judicial Independence in Europe https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ImXe_EQhUI #EUArrestWarrant
Shami Chakrabarti’s #EAW article in @Guardian is oddly being censored of comments re #Assange plight http://tinyurl.com/nlh3z53 #UKPolitics
#EAW offers no consideration, no checks/balances re political persecution https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuQW0US2sJw Thank god http://wikileaks-press.org/press-conference-with-foreign-minister-ricardo-patino-aroca-ecuador-grants-asylum-to-julian-assange-english-translation/ #Assange
The #EAW induced siege of Julian #Assange is a farce – a special investigation – http://johnpilger.com/articles/the-siege-of-julian-assange-is-a-farce-a-special-investigation and so say all of us!
The #EAW induced persecution of Julian #Assange must end. » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/11/17/the-persecution-of-julian-assange/
The Julian #Assange case: a mockery of extradition? | Afua Hirsch http://gu.com/p/2yz8c/tw #EAW #EUArrestWarrant
European Arrest Warrant: the device that Julian #Assange cannot beat http://fw.to/O3ghTlO #EAW #EUArrestWarrant
By @LobsterMagazine Nov 30
New essay. “Julian Assange and the European Arrest Warrant,” by Dr Bernard Porter: http://www.lobster-magazine.co.uk/free/lobster69/lob69-julian-assange.pdf
The Julian Assange case: a mockery of extradition? http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/libertycentral/2010/dec/14/julian-assange-european-arrest-warrant