Berlin FoWL Letter to Australian Embassy in Berlin about expected Extradition of Julian Assange to Sweden

Australian Embassy in Berlin
c/o Mr. Ambassador Peter Tesch
Wallstraβe 76-79, 10179 Berlin
info.berlin@dfat.gov.au
16.3.2012

Extradition of Julian Assange to Sweden

Dear Mister Ambassador,

Extradtition of the Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, for questioning over allegations of sexual offenses to Sweden is expected during the next few days.
Julian Assange is also under pressure for his work on WikiLeaks. Investigations in the United States against him for espionage are going on. For this reason an extradition from Sweden to the United States is ominous. We oppose any criminalization of journalistic activities like these.

Dear Sir, please make clear to your government Julian Assange is the most popular Australian citizen in Europe at present time. Australia is known as democratic state where freedom of opinion and rule of law have high value. Therefore European public reacts surprised by so little official protection for Julian Assange. Consider the damage your country  if Assange is extradited to the United States and his own country not only refused any help, but has even approved the diplomatic channel of distribution:

We urge the Australian government to provide protection to the Assange he deserves as an Australian citizen.

Even if Australia does affect its diplomatic relations with the United States by Wikileaks, we appeal to the Australian Government and to you, to give Assange a better political protection.

– If it comes to proceeding in Sweden, Australia should send independent observers, also for the non-public part of the process.

– We also demand Australia to observe the conditions of detention, which Assange will be exposed to in Sweden and possibly in the US too. In Sweden, solitary confinement and contact block would not be justifiable, because the trails topic is not a political one. In case of transfer to the US, Australian government should signal its observation of adhension conditions. This is important to prevent that kind of treatment how it was criticized by the UN commissioner for torture in the case of Bradley Manning.

– In principle, Australia should insist on a definitive exclusion of the extradition of Julian Assange to the US trough Sweden and make sure his leaving to Australia after the process.

Yours faithfully

Friends Of Wikileaks Berlin

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