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To: Allegra Spender Member for Wentworth, NSW
Wentworth Wants Julian Assange Home
The US government wants to extradite Julian Assange from England to the U.S to face 175 years worth of charges related to his role as Editor of Wikileaks and its publications exposing US military crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan. The US government seeks to prosecute regular journalistic activities such as receiving and publishing information, calling it espionage. While this legal battle continues, Julian Assange has been detained on remand in a maximum security prison in England for more than 2 years and counting.
We call on our new MP, Allegra Spender, to join "The Bring Julian Assange Home Parliamentary group", adding her voice and strength to a growing group of Australian politicians working to bring Julian home.
Wentworth wants to bring Julian Assange home.
Why is this important?
The ability of the media to report freely on matters of public interest is a crucial indicator of democracy. However this right to seek and disseminate information through an independent press is increasingly under attack. If Julian Assange, an Australian journalist can be prosecuted and imprisoned for espionage in the United States, then no media professional or citizen journalist anywhere, is safe to report information exposing government crimes.
The United Nations Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer, has called for Assange’s immediate release, asserting that
“In 20 years of work with victims of war, violence and political persecution I have never seen a group of democratic States ganging up to deliberately isolate, demonize and abuse a single individual for such a long time and with so little regard for human dignity and the rule of law.”
Australia must advocate for one its own citizens, now.
The people of Wentworth want to see justice for Julian Assange and call on our elected representative to do all that she can to help bring Julian home.
How it will be delivered
Delivered in person.
We call on all residents in the Wentworth electorate to sign this petition and to share this with family and friends who live in Wentworth.
Public pressure will free this persecuted political prisoner.