“The Human Rights Institute of the International Bar Association states that since Mr. Assange was a victim of psychological torture, his extradition to the US would also be illegal under international human rights law,” underscored the 1980 Nobel Prize in another paragraph of the letter sent to Pratel.
In terms of jurisprudence, the international reference in Human Rights urged the current Minister of the Interior of the United Kingdom to follow in the footsteps of Theresa May, another member of the Conservative Party (Tories) who in 2012, while holding the same portfolio, blocked the extradition cyberactivist Gary McKinnon, known at the time as ‘the Pentagon hacker’, to the US because his health was at risk.
“The United Kingdom, a sovereign country with a long tradition of upholding the rule of law, should reject the abusive and illegal extradition request from the United States of America. Former Secretary of State for the Department of the Interior, Theresa May, correctly stopped the extradition of Gary McKinnon in recognition of the same psychiatric condition as Mr. Assange,” Pérez Esquivel said.
And he also mentioned a series of facts and pronouncements about the founder of WikiLeaks, from a warning from the Council of Europe that defined the treatment given to Assange as one of “the most serious threats to freedom of the press” to the “official report of the United Nations” which on November 1, 2019 concluded that “unless the UK urgently changes course and alleviates its inhumane situation, Mr Assange’s continued exposure to arbitrariness and abuse may soon end up costing him his life”.
“The Parliament of the European Union, parliamentarians, heads of state and former heads of state from around the world, legal professionals and legal scholars express their concern about the violations of the fundamental human, civil and political rights of Mr. Julian Assange and the precedent set by their persecution,” said Pérez Esquivel.
In this regard, after reviewing the pronouncements against extradition, the Nobel Prize winner told the British official that he shares “the growing collective concerns that have been expressed about the violations of the fundamental human, civil and political rights of Mr. Julian Assange” .
Finally, he warned about “the precedent that his persecution is setting for press freedom” at a global level, as well as questioning “the affirmation of the universal jurisdiction of the United States of America” over the rest of the planet.
The addressee of Pérez Esquivel’s letter, Priti Pratel, is a leader of the Conservative Party, an economist by profession, whom analysts link to the far right wing of the Tories; Her parents were born in India, then settled in Uganda – when it was a British protectorate – to finally settle in the United Kingdom.
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By letter, Pérez Esquivel asked the United Kingdom not to extradite Julian Assange