The Commission on Human Rights and Minorities of the Chamber of Deputies held this Wednesday (6th) a public hearing on journalist Julian Assange, with the participation, via videoconference, of family members of the journalist detained in the United Kingdom. The event was held at the request of the commission’s chairman, deputy Orlando Silva (PCdoB-SP).
“Julian Assange has been deprived of liberty for 12 years for having revealed confidential data that showed serious human rights violations,” Silva said in his request.
The audience guests were: Julian’s lawyer and wife, Stella Morris Assange, Jhon Shipton and Gabriel Shipton, Assange’s father and brother respectively, and Renata Ávila, a lawyer who is part of the team defending the WikiLeaks journalist.
Assange is in Belmarsh maximum security prison in London and the UK has authorized his extradition to the United States, where he faces up to 175 years in detention. The White House uses World War I anti-espionage law to sue the journalist for publishing classified documents and information that revealed possible US war crimes in its invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan.
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In June, UK Home Secretary Priti Patel authorized the journalist to be sent to the US, an extradition request process that began with Republican Donald Trump and continues under Democrat Joe Biden. The defense appeals the case.
“The biggest threat to his life [Julian Assange] is the silence around the situation. It’s a political case. The UK has a legal fiction through the English prosecution, but that’s the extent of what is clearly a political case against Julian, against a journalist who published true information that was shameful to the US government.” public hearing.
Stella reported that Assange went six months without seeing his lawyers and is in a solitary cell. The lawyer also said that the United States must realize that “the world is reacting” with “disgust and disappointment” for the persecution of the journalist from WikiLeaks.
Orlando Silva, in turn, classified Assange’s case as an “attack on freedom of the press” and said he would send a representation to the British government defending the journalist’s freedom.
Editing: Arturo Hartmann