Statement: The UK should refuse to extradite Julian Assange to the USA
The Sydney Peace Foundation calls on the UK Government to refuse to extradite Julian Assange to the USA, where he is likely to face serious human rights violations in pre-trial detention.
The allegations of rape and other sexual violence against Julian Assange in Sweden should be properly investigated, and Assange should be brought to justice if convicted in a fair trial. If Sweden requests his extradition from the UK to proceed with legal action on the basis of these allegations, they should give assurances that he will not then be extradited to the USA.
Julian Assange was awarded the Foundation’s Gold Medal for Human Rights in 2011 for championing the people’s right to know, and for exceptional courage and initiative in pursuit of human rights.