If Julian Assange ends up in an American prison for a long time, in grave danger to his life, and maybe even under the death penalty, Who’s next? Where goes freedom, human rights and justice? I urge President Correa of Ecuador to grant safe political asylum to Julian Assange. As world citizens, we all need to support Julian Assange. He tried to protect the innocent by outing the perpetrators of war crimes and crimes against humanity. They are the ones who one day should be made accountable for their crimes.

If Julian Assange ends up in a US prison, who’s next? asks Nobel Peace Prize winner

19 July 2012
Mairead Maguire
USA and the War on Terror

Julian Assange tried to protect the innocent by outing the perpetrators of war crimes and crimes against humanity. They are the ones who one day should be made accountable for their crimes.


By Mairead Maguire
Common Dreams
18 July 2012 


 

Mairead Corrigan Maguire won the 1976 Nobel Peace Prize for her work for peace in Northern Ireland.

AS CONCERNED citizens of the world well know, the Editor-in-Chief of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, is currently inside the Ecuadorian Embassy, in London, England, having gone there to ask for political asylum.

I want to add my voice to the many people of conscience around the world in urging President Correa of Ecuador to grant political asylum to Julian Assange.

The British courts shamefully refused Mr. Assange’s appeal against extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning accused of sexual molestation. No criminal charges have been made against him.

Mr. Assange has said he is willing to answer questions relating to accusations against him, but only in England. He has good reason not to want to be extradited to Sweden, as he could find himself imprisoned in solitary confinement, and then very likely extradited to a US prison.

American media have reported that the US Justice Department and the Pentagon have conducted a criminal investigation into “whether WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange violated criminal laws in the group’s release of government documents, including possible charges under the Espionage Act.”

Mr. Assange’s only crime is that he cared enough about people to respect their right to truth, and had the courage and bravery to print the truth. In the process, he embarrassed powerful governments.

The WikiLeaks release of thousands of US State Department Cables, and especially the 2007 video footage from a US Apache helicopter which appears to show US military deliberately killing civilians, including two Reuters employees, reveals the United States’ crimes against humanity.

For this “truth telling,” Julian Assange has inherited the wrath of the US government, and has been targeted in a most vindictive way, as has Private Bradley Manning.

I support the right of WikiLeaks to publish leaked information, as it is in the interest of the world’s public and their right to know. WikiLeaks were not the leakers or whistleblowers; they are an on-line news media.

Many believe there are people in high places who wish to punish Julian Assange for outing them, and to force others to remain silent, and that they will not rest until Mr. Assange is behind bars in the United States.

There are even some American politicians who have put Mr. Assange’s life in grave danger by calling for him to be assassinated.

It is ironic that Julian Assange’s basic human rights have been breached when he as a journalist dedicated to working for the people’s right to freedom of speech, and a free press.

The Australian, Swedish and UK governments have a responsibility to see this “man of courage” is treated fairly and with justice and that he be allowed to tell his story in the UK when he can prove whether the incompetent and contradictory accusations against him are true or false.

If Julian Assange ends up in a US prison, who’s next? asks Nobel Peace Prize winner

19 July 2012
Mairead Maguire
USA and the War on Terror

Julian Assange tried to protect the innocent by outing the perpetrators of war crimes and crimes against humanity. They are the ones who one day should be made accountable for their crimes.


By Mairead Maguire
Common Dreams
18 July 2012 


 

Mairead Corrigan Maguire won the 1976 Nobel Peace Prize for her work for peace in Northern Ireland.

AS CONCERNED citizens of the world well know, the Editor-in-Chief of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, is currently inside the Ecuadorian Embassy, in London, England, having gone there to ask for political asylum.

I want to add my voice to the many people of conscience around the world in urging President Correa of Ecuador to grant political asylum to Julian Assange.

The British courts shamefully refused Mr. Assange’s appeal against extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning accused of sexual molestation. No criminal charges have been made against him.

Mr. Assange has said he is willing to answer questions relating to accusations against him, but only in England. He has good reason not to want to be extradited to Sweden, as he could find himself imprisoned in solitary confinement, and then very likely extradited to a US prison.

American media have reported that the US Justice Department and the Pentagon have conducted a criminal investigation into “whether WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange violated criminal laws in the group’s release of government documents, including possible charges under the Espionage Act.”

Mr. Assange’s only crime is that he cared enough about people to respect their right to truth, and had the courage and bravery to print the truth. In the process, he embarrassed powerful governments.

The WikiLeaks release of thousands of US State Department Cables, and especially the 2007 video footage from a US Apache helicopter which appears to show US military deliberately killing civilians, including two Reuters employees, reveals the United States’ crimes against humanity.

For this “truth telling,” Julian Assange has inherited the wrath of the US government, and has been targeted in a most vindictive way, as has Private Bradley Manning.

I support the right of WikiLeaks to publish leaked information, as it is in the interest of the world’s public and their right to know. WikiLeaks were not the leakers or whistleblowers; they are an on-line news media.

Many believe there are people in high places who wish to punish Julian Assange for outing them, and to force others to remain silent, and that they will not rest until Mr. Assange is behind bars in the United States.

There are even some American politicians who have put Mr. Assange’s life in grave danger by calling for him to be assassinated.

It is ironic that Julian Assange’s basic human rights have been breached when he as a journalist dedicated to working for the people’s right to freedom of speech, and a free press.

The Australian, Swedish and UK governments have a responsibility to see this “man of courage” is treated fairly and with justice and that he be allowed to tell his story in the UK when he can prove whether the incompetent and contradictory accusations against him are true or false.

As world citizens, we all need to support Julian Assange. He tried to protect the innocent by outing the perpetrators of war crimes and crimes against humanity. They are the ones who one day should be made accountable for their crimes.

It must be asked: If Julian Assange ends up in an American prison for a long time, in grave danger to his life, and maybe even under the death penalty, Who’s next? Where goes freedom, human rights and justice?

I urge President Correa of Ecuador to grant safe political asylum to Julian Assange. Thank you.

 

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The capitalistic and imperialistic system and its systematic aims: profit and power over others, still dominates our world and not the aims of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as 1948 agreed! After the world-economic-crisis after 1929 and the following World-War the world hat decided with agreeing the Universal Declaration of Human rights, to create a new world order; conflicts should be solved with peaceful means, not nations and their power, but the dignity of human beings around the world should be the aim of the policies and the economy, of every state and the community of states. But soon after the end of the war, when the victims and destruction were forgotten, all continued as before, with all risks, we had seen before. The split in rich an poor is getting bigger and bigger. We also overuse our global environment already, even if the big majority of mankind still lives in poverty! We are not victims, this world is men-made and be changed from men and women! It will be possible, if those, who do not want or serve (because of system-pressure) profits first, but want for themselves and everybody a life in human dignity unite and develop in a global base-democratic movement a common vision for our world, and learn, how to make this vision real. We need for it a big empowerment of many, many common men and women and their activities. Our chances are because of new communication technologies, of common languages, of the level of education and the mixture of people from different backgrounds better then ever. The occupy-movement is a good start for such a global movement. We support it and try to contribute to its success! We choose news and make comments and so try to unite people for an Occupy-Think-Tank: Its tasks: creating a news-network, self-education, working on global-reform programs and learning to organize projects for those, who are suffering. Join us, so that we can build teams for these aims for all subjects and countries as a base for the unification. We have Wan(n)Fried(en) in our name, because it means When peace and it is a modification of the name of the town our base is, in Wanfried, a small town in the middle of Germany, where we can use a former factory for our activities. Our telefon: 0049-5655-924981, mobil: 0171-9132149, email: occupy-think-tank@gmx.de
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