What is good for the goose is good for the gander! USA urged by UN to pardon Assange
Thank you to the 'democratic alliance' of 5 eye countries + EU who are supporting Hong Kong (HK) protesters to uphold HK's Joint Declaration and all other treaty obligations.
We suggest that to grow this movement greater effort is needed to establish not only the legal basis, but also strong moral grounds for all democracies to provide international support to HK protesters!
What is good for the goose is good for the gander!
Inspite of signing the United Nations' 'International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights' (ICCPR) the totalitarian Chinese Communist Party (CCP) ruling over China never seem to follow any of their treaty obligations!
The only Superpower today is America, who as part of '5 eyes countries' (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK, USA) is taking a 'leading role against CCP's breaches of the Joint Declaration, national security law and illegal annexation of HK.
Although ostensibly USA took a wholy unqualified China to W.T.O. to help it overcome poverty, etc. - it did so by muddying the waters of profit and benefits for Americans versus human rights and democracy for Chinese.
America you caused this - please solve it!
The US must take a moral standing, supported by its rule OF law, to establish a very clear distinction and distance between itself and the CCP, and it's rule BY law, on issues including democracy and human rights.
In the public's interest some people take seemingly 'heroic' risks to their own personal safety and professional lives to disclose what they know - three names that immediately come to mind are Julian Assange, Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden. All three have been relentlessly hounded by the US government for being 'whistleblowers.'
America please support the rule OF law, democracy and human rights: President Trump please pardon Julian Assange!
UN rights expert urges Trump to pardon Assange
RTHK 23 December 2020 (format added)
A UN rights expert on Tuesday urged outgoing US President Donald Trump to pardon Julian Assange, saying the WikiLeaks founder is not "an enemy of the American people".
WikiLeaks "fights secrecy and corruption throughout the world and therefore acts in the public interest both of the American people and humanity as a whole," Niels Melzer wrote in an open letter.
"In pardoning Mr Assange, Mr President, you would send a clear message of justice, truth and humanity to the American people and to the world," said Melzer, the UN special rapporteur on torture.
"You would rehabilitate a courageous man who has suffered injustice, persecution and humiliation for more than a decade, simply for telling the truth," he added.
Assange, 49, is currently being held in the top-security Belmarsh jail in London awaiting a January 4 decision by a British judge on a US extradition request, in a case seen by his supporters as a cause célèbre for media freedom.
The Australian publisher faces 18 charges in the United States relating to the 2010 release by WikiLeaks of 500,000 secret files detailing aspects of military campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Melzer has previously condemned the conditions at Belmarsh, saying the "progressively severe suffering inflicted" on Assange is tantamount to torture.
In his letter on Tuesday, Melzer wrote: "I visited Mr. Assange... with two independent medical doctors, and I can attest to the fact that his health has seriously deteriorated, to the point where his life is now in danger."
He noted that Assange suffers from a respiratory condition that makes him more vulnerable to Covid-19, which has infected several Belmarsh inmates.
Melzer said Assange "has not hacked or stolen any of the information he published (but) obtained it from authentic documents and sources in the same way as any other serious and independent investigative journalists conduct their work."
"Prosecuting Mr. Assange for publishing true information about serious official misconduct, whether in America or elsewhere, would amount to 'shooting the messenger'," Melzer wrote.
First arrested 10 years ago on December 7, 2010, Assange could be jailed for up to 175 years if convicted. (AFP)