CALL TO ACTION IN SUPPORT OF JULIAN ASSANGEBackground information:
Following the ruling from the Royal Courts of Justice on 2
November 2011 that ordered Julian Assange,founder of whistleblowing website WikiLeaks, be extradited to Sweden in regards to allegations of rape andsexual molestation, we feel we, supporters of WikiLeaks, MUST act to gain more public attention for his legal
We feel, in fact, that the current public climate, particularly affected by partial and biased media coverage of
the legal case, has not permitted an extensive and detailed discussion of the possible consequences ofsending Julian Assange to Sweden and, thanks to rendition agreements, to the United States of America toface possible treason charges following the release of diplomatic cables by alleged WikiLeaks whistleblowerBradley Manning.
We have selected a few international organisations that we feel might help, with their relevance andreputation, in moving attention onto the irregularity of the current European Arrest Warrant (EAW), of which
Julian Assange‟s case has become a famous example.
The first we have selected is
Fair Trials International
. From their website “Since 1992 Fair Trials
International has worked for the better protection of fair trial rights and defended the rights of people facing
criminal charges in a country other than their own. Our vision is a world where every person‟s right to a fair
trial is respected, whatever their nationality, wherever they are accuse
d.” Please refer to their website for
This letter is to ask FTI to speak more publicly about Julian Assange’s case
, through lobbying or mediacampaigns. They have also recently contributed to a major Governmental review of the European Arrest
Call to Action:
We would ask every supporter or general member of the public concerned about the handling of the
case to write a letter or an email to FTI to the contacts we have selected below.
The text that follows isan idea of what you might want to say, but you can add or amend to make it more relevant to you. Emails arewelcome but we feel letters carry more weight. With letters they might feel more compelled to act and take
notice. Imagine if they started receiving letter upon letter asking for the same thing! How it would even makea visual statement!
Please remember that this case might set a precedent for future prosecutions involving EAWs so our action
is needed, not only for Assange, but also for every other future case that might be affected by this one. It isfor justice, human rights and the right of every individual to a fair trial.
Please remember that FTI is an international organisation: you do not need to be British or Europeanto send your letter or email to them.
Letter/Email to send:
To:Fair Trials International3-7 Temple ChambersTemple Avenue
London EC4Y 0HPUnited Kingdom