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FRI Feb 4th. *4.30pm-6.30pm *Free Julian Assange Vigil @ Austalian Embassy!

Australians Against the Extradition of Julian Assange | 02.02.2011 10:46 | Terror War

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**If you know any Australians based in UK, ask them if they would like to sign the letter below to be delivered to the HIgh Commissioner on Friday.
Email: releasejulianassange AT

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Phone/ Text 079 392 90576
(outside UK) +44 79 392 90576
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LONDON - FRIDAY Feb 4th. *4.30pm-6.30pm

*Free Julian Assange Vigil, Speak & Sing Out at the Australian Embassy, The Strand.
.....demanding the Australian government lifts its game defending the civil liberties of Australian citizen Julian Assange.

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Ph./ Text: 079 392 90576
Email: releasejulianassange AT

*YOUTUBE (5 mins 45 secs) previous demonstration at Australian embassy in December when Julian *Assange was imprisoned in HMP Wandsworth

**CHANNEL 7/ AUSTRALIA VIDEO: 'Assange slams Gillard's 'unacceptable treatment'
Mike Duffy, 7News with Yahoo!7 February 1, 2011,


*SATURDAY Feb 5th. 3 pm
Public Meeting "Free Manning! Free Assange! Free Speech!", Giuseppe Conlon Venue, Mattison Rd. Harringey, London N4 1BG

*MONDAY 7th. and TUESDAY 8th. 9 am - 5pm
Solidarity Vigil outside Julian Assange's extradition hearing at Woolwich Courts, Belmarsh Prison.
More details on all events at this link....

International Solidarity Vigils at UK, US Australian embassies/ cosnulates and sites of significance

More information phone 079 392 90576

*Please forward this to any Australian based in the U.K. - for consideration to add their signature. Return to

13 December 2010

High Commissioner to the United Kingdom

Australia House


London WC2B 4LA

Dear Mr Dauth,

We Australians, here in London and from further afield, ask you to convey to our urgent and emphatic request to the Gillard Government to do its utmost to defend Julian Assange’s human rights and the free and lawful operation of Wikileaks.

Australians around the world watch with grave concern as an Australian citizen is vilified by his own Prime Minister and Attorney-General, experienced lawyers whose words display a shocking disregard for the human right to presumption of innocence, and risk prejudicing any legal proceedings Mr Assange may face.

We welcome the Government’s subsequent assurance that Mr Assange’s passport will not be cancelled and that your embassy will afford him “all appropriate consular assistance.”

We learn from an Australian Government website[1] that the High Commission has a duty to ensure Mr Assange “is treated no less favourably than local citizens detained for similar offences.” UK citizens, of course, enjoy the protection of the Human Rights Act 1998 and the European Convention on Human Rights, which guarantee their right to freedom of expression, presumption of innocence and fair trial. That is, UK citizens enjoy a significantly higher degree of legal protection than do Australians, and the Australian High Commission must ensure Mr Assange’s treatment by UK authorities accords with those more stringent standards.

May we remind all consular staff and the Australian Government that Mr Assange “has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers”[2] and to do so “without interference by public authority.”[3]

Further, Mr Assange has a human and legal right to be “presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law” and to be given a fair trial.[4]

As you must know well, it is unlawful under s104 of the Criminal Code Act 1995 for anyone intentionally or recklessly to cause death or serious harm[5] to an Australian citizen outside Australia. And yet the Australian Government has voiced no objection to the death threats levelled against Mr Assange by high-profile US citizens and others.[6]

In light of the above, we, the undersigned:

1. Ask that Ms Gillard publicly and unequivocally withdraw her statement alleging illegal conduct on Mr Assange’s part, explain to the public why it was wrong for her to say that, and to apologise to Mr Assange.

2. Call on the Gillard Government robustly to defend Mr Assange both at home and abroad and to respect and defend his right to receive information and impart information freely, without interference by any public authority.

3. Ask the Attorney-General to initiate investigations into threats of violence against Mr Assange by persons in the United States and Canada, including Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee, in violation of Australian law.

4. Urge the Gillard Government to oppose strenuously any application to have Mr Assange extradited to the United States, because it is unlikely he would receive a fair trial there.

We thank you for your attention to these matters of fundamental importance to a free and democratic society.

Sincerely, your compatriots,

John Pilger (from Sydney)
Peter Tatchell (from Melbourne) London-based human rights activist
Michael Dutton (from Brisbane) Professor of Politics, Goldsmiths University of London
Deborah Kessler (from Brisbane) concerned citizen
Ciaron O’Reilly (from Brisbane) London Catholic Worker/Ploughshares
Eden Boucher (from Adelaide) musician ‘Lovers Electric’
David Turley (Adelaide) musician ‘Lovers Electric’
Sharon Turley (from Adelaide) classical musician
David Warburton (from Adelaide) Coffee Brewster
Saul Newman, teaches political theory at Goldsmiths, University of London.
John Hutnyk (from Melbourne) Prof. of Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths University of London
Peter Thomas (from Rockhampton, Queensland)
teaches History of Political Thought at Brunel University, London
Maria Albrecht (from Melbourne) Catholic Worker Farmhouse

Olivia Ball (Melbourne)

Eric Snowball (from Sydney) social worker
Rik Lydon (from Sydney) sound engineer

Mary Kelly (Brisbane) trade unionist

Dr Linnell Secomb (from Melbourne) Head of Department of Social, Political and Cultural
Studies, University of Greenwich

Errin Collins, (from Lithgow, Australia) Occupational Therapist
Nick Gill (from Perth, Australia) Postdoctoral fellow at the University of Bristol

[1] ‘Consular services: Arrested, detained and jailed overseas’ (

[2] Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (emphasis added). The same is stated more fully in Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Australia is a party, and Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), which also applies to Mr Assange.

[3] ECHR, Art. 10(1)

[4] ECHR, Art. 6 and elsewhere

[5] Including “harm to a person’s mental health (whether temporary or permanent) [including] psychological harm to the person;” and conduct that “endangers, or is likely to endanger, a person’s life” (s146)

[6] See

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