The CRQ community is gravely concerned about the fate of Julian Assange. Two applications to appeal his extradition to the US have been rejected by the UK courts. There are not many options left to prevent his extradition and, if convicted, imprisonment for up to 175 years. His extradition could happen within a week from the publishing of this post.
We believe that there is no justice in these decisions. Julian Assange is a journalist who was practicing his profession of journalism – publishing uncomfortable truths and speaking truth to power. As well, Julian is not a US citizen.
In the interest of compassion, social justice, concern for his well being and his life we as citizens and our government should and can do more to see him released from an unjust imprisonment and brought home safely to Australia.
Here are some actions you can take.
- Official website: Assange Campaign Official Australian website: https://www.assangecampaign.org.au/. It is recommended that you. phone your member of Parliament. This page can be of assistance to you: https://www.action.assangecampaign.org.au/meet-your-mp-program.
- There is a weekly Canberra outreach at the Attorney General’s Office, the next one seems to be on Tuesday 20 June, 12:30-1:30.Attorney-General’s Department 3 National Circuit, Barton https://assangefreedom.network/event/weekly-get-together-to-free-julian-assange/2023-06-20/. Run by Canberra Conversations. Contact LoreseV@protonmail.com
- More ways to get involved: Petition to US Ambassador to Australia and Parliamentary Mailer https://www.assangecampaign.org.au/get-involved/ . The website also lists Australian Quakers as having taken an action – with a link to a formal letter from the Presiding Clerk Jo Jordan to the PM dated 30 May 2019. https://www.quakersaustralia.info/sites/aym-members/files/pages/files/Julian%20Assange%20Letter_PM.pdf
- Look for an urgent Action Alert from QPLC with further suggestions about actions to take.