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Julian Assange was assessed under the Istanbul protocol. “Several aspects of Mr Assange’s health condition & cognitive & sensory capacity have been...significantly impaired” spcommreports.ohchr.org/TMResultsBase/… #torture #HumanRights
This is due to Julian Assange’s long term confinement in the Ecuadorean embassy, without access to natural light, & adequate medical and dental care spcommreports.ohchr.org/TMResultsBase/… #torture #HumanRights #auspol
From a psychological perspective, Mr Assange showed all symptoms typical for prolonged & sustained exposure to severe psychological stress, anxiety, & related mental and emotional suffering spcommreports.ohchr.org/TMResultsBase/… #torture #HumanRights
The environment is highly conducive to major depressive and post traumatic stress disorders (PTSD). Both experts agreed that Mr Assange’s condition will deteriorate dramatically as a result of significant additional stressors, such as US extradition spcommreports.ohchr.org/TMResultsBase/…
For almost 7 yrs, Mr Assange was exposed to a progressively controlled, restricted & closely monitored environment with increasingly limited exposure to the outside world spcommreports.ohchr.org/TMResultsBase/…
It was accurately determined by the UN WGAD that Julian Assange was arbitrarily detained in the Ecuadorean embassy. He was deprived of dental and medical care for 7 years spcommreports.ohchr.org/TMResultsBase/…
There has been coercive harassment and defamation by Ecuador. After the election of the new government, Mr Assange’s living conditions became increasingly difficult & oppressive. Including surveillance spcommreports.ohchr.org/TMResultsBase/… #torture
Ecuador ‘suspended’ Mr Assange’s citizenship and terminated his diplomatic asylum without any form of due process, without advance notification or medical necessity spcommreports.ohchr.org/TMResultsBase/…
There is abundant evidence that the US, UK, Ecuador & Sweden have acquiesced consented to or instigated an unrestrained campaign of public mobbing intimidation and defamation against Julian Assange spcommreports.ohchr.org/TMResultsBase/…
Mr Assange’s exposure to these cumulative factors over a prolonged period of time has resulted in patterns of severe & traumatic pain & suffering, including chronic anxiety, stress & depression & an intense sense of humiliation, isolation vulnerability & powerlessness.
“I am therefore gravely concerned that Mr Assange is.. exposed to progressively severe pain & suffering...the cumulative effects of which clearly amount to psychological torture” spcommreports.ohchr.org/TMResultsBase/…
“I condemn in the strongest terms the deliberate, concerted & sustained nature of the abuse intentionally inflicted on Mr Assange & deplore the failure of all involved gvts to take measures for his protection...” spcommreports.ohchr.org/TMResultsBase/…
@NilsMelzer is gravely concerned about the risks arising if Mr Assange is extradited to the US given the past impunity of the US in relation to torture spcommreports.ohchr.org/TMResultsBase/…
In the recent past, the US has repeatedly failed to investigate & prosecute torture.. despite compelling & undisputed evidence particularly in cases involving national security spcommreports.ohchr.org/TMResultsBase/… #Assange #Torture
The US gvt has also exercised strong pressure on other states, the UN or the ICC to prevent non-US criminal investigations against US officials in relation to torture charges spcommreports.ohchr.org/TMResultsBase/… #Assange #HumanRights
Whilst the US formally recognises the prohibition of torture, its reluctance to implement & enforce this formal commitment in cases involving national security & its own officials continues to be a matter of concern spcommreports.ohchr.org/TMResultsBase/… #Assange
If Mr Assange extradited to the US, he may be detained in a supermax facility.. in the past the US has refused official visits to examine conditions of detention spcommreports.ohchr.org/TMResultsBase/… #torture
There are numerous consistent reports that routine measures of control & discipline in US supermax prisons, without recourse to judicial review, amount to torture, cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment spcommreports.ohchr.org/TMResultsBase/… #torture
Measures amounting to torture in US prisons include:prolonged or indefinite solitary confinement, social sensory deprivation, in-cell restraints, shackling in stress positions, & invasive strip searches spcommreports.ohchr.org/TMResultsBase/… #Assange #torture
People with physical & other mental disabilities or vulnerabilities have not received medical care they need. In 2016, @xychelsea was found to be detained in conditions amounting to torture. spcommreports.ohchr.org/TMResultsBase/… #Assange #torture
@NilsMelzer states that US officials have made debasing public statements, suggesting that if Mr Assange were to be extradited he will be exposed to an environment of vilification, arbitrariness & judicial bias spcommreports.ohchr.org/TMResultsBase/… #torture #HumanRights
Given the strongly perceptible public & official prejudice held against Mr Assange in the US there are serious reasons to doubt that he would receive a fair trial before an impartial judicial body as required under human rights law spcommreports.ohchr.org/TMResultsBase/…
The prospect of an unfair trial (of Julian Assange), in conjunction with the effects of traumatic abuse & degradation, would result in aggravated, profound & prolonged psychological, social & physical distress & suffering spcommreports.ohchr.org/TMResultsBase/…
In light of the public prejudice prevailing the US against Mr Assange & the “threat” that @wikileaks publications are perceived to present, I am gravely concerned the US will make an example out of him spcommreports.ohchr.org/TMResultsBase/…
Making an “example” out of the prosecution of Mr Assange serves as a personal punishment but also to deter others who may be tempted to engage in activities as @wikileaks. I fear that Mr Assange will be confronted with expansive charges & excessively severe criminal sanctions
This concern is exacerbated by the 17 charges under the Espionage Act, which currently results in a maximum penalty of 175 years in prison. Life imprisonment without parole or death penalty would constitute barriers under the refoulment obligations under human rights law #Assange
@NilsMelzer is examining concerns that the mechanism of temporary surrender or any informal transfer without judicial review might be used by the UK or Sweden to circumvent the due process requirements in line with the absolute prohibition of torture spcommreports.ohchr.org/TMResultsBase/…
I underscore my most serious concern is that if Mr Assange were to be extradited or surrendered to the US or Sweden, he would be exposed to a real risk of torture or other cruel inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment spcommreports.ohchr.org/TMResultsBase/… #auspol
It must be emphasised that in situations such as these the instrument of diplomatic assurances..is incapable of providing the required safeguards & has been widely criticised as being used as a loophole undermining the principle of non-refoulment spcommreports.ohchr.org/TMResultsBase/… #Assange
@NilsMelzer urges Swedish & UK gvt to refrain from expelling returning or extraditing Mr Assange to the US or any other jurisdiction until he his right to asylum under refugee law or human rights law has been determined in impartial proceedings spcommreports.ohchr.org/TMResultsBase/…
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