The imprisonment of Australian journalist Julian Assange is the biggest threat to global Human Rights this century, because we cannot solve abuses we aren't allowed to see.

The United States is attempting to create a new precedent that will allow them to jail anyone, anywhere in the world, for publishing evidence of US Human Rights crimes.

While Julian Assange is in jail - so is your Right to Know.

Australian journalist Julian Assange published more evidence of human rights crimes than every other media outlet combined in the last 20 years, including environmental corruption, war crimes, and illegal mass surveillance. The states whose crimes he revealed are now 'literally torturing him to death' according to the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture.

He has been kept in solitary confinement in a UK Supermax prison for the last 3 years. He recently suffered a stroke, and a letter signed by hundreds of doctors warns he is likely to die in the next few months if not freed.

Evern more concerning is that the charges against him criminalise 'common journalistic activity' and are being applied internationally. Committee to Protect Journalists

'The threat to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange’s freedom is a threat to press freedom around the world...The UK has an obligation to avoid extradition to a place where he faces ill treatment and torture.'

  • Golriz Ghahraman, NZ Green MP, Human Rights lawyer.

But aren't there hundreds of journalists jailed around the world?

This is an unprecedented test case for GLOBAL press freedom. Never has a powerful nation like the US reached out to jail a foreign journalist, living and working in another country. Julian is an Australian journalist, working in Europe, and has never lived in the US.

This ‘is a direct threat to journalists everywhere in the world.’ - Executive Director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, Joel Simon

Every major Human Rights group is saying this case threatens GLOBAL PRESS FREEDOM.

'This is not only about protecting Assange, but about preventing a precedent likely to seal the fate of Western democracy.'

  • Nils Melzer, UN Special Rapporteur,and Human Rights Chair at the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights.

If he's done nothing wrong, why doesn't he go and fight it in the US?

The US has used a controversial WWI law which they promised would never be used to prosecute journalistic activity, against a publisher for the first time. Under the 1917 Espionage act, a secret Grand Jury is only permitted to decide whether the material was classified or not - and we know it was. The jury is not allowed to even consider whether the material was evidence of Human Rights crimes.

Along with numerous grave abuses which IBAHRI said 'seriously undermine due processes and the rule of law', Julian's private meetings with his lawyers have been spied on. There is absolutely no chance of justice for him in the US.

Furthermore over 30 top US Security and Whitehouse Officials have revealed the CIA called for 'sketches' to kidnap and murder Assange in the streets of London. Under no circumstances should he be extradited there.

'Assange must never be extradited to the United States. It's a serious threat to him personally and freedoms we usually honour, such as Press Freedom, Freedom of Expresssion and Freedom of Information'

  • Agnes Callamard, Secretary General, Amnesty International.

Can't we rely on UK justice to fairly determine this extradition request?

Amnesty International have said the extradition trial was like a 'circus'. UN Special Rapporteur Nils Melzer said 'this extradition proceeding has become irreparably arbitrary.'

Amnesty International and Reporters Without Borders were denied access to monitor the hearings. No one can credibly say that justice is being done.

He must have done something wrong? Did his publications cause harm?

The US prosecution has admitted under oath in two separate trials, that they have found no evidence that Wikileaks publications caused any harm to anyone.

A number of experts, including New Zealand investigative journalist Nicky Hager, testified that Assange took 'extraordinary precautions' to redact sensitive information and to protect sources.

The indictment criminalises 'common journalistic activity' - Committee to Protect Journalists.

'The case against Julian Assange is outrageous. It is the very future of journalism and press freedom that is at stake.'

  • Rebecca Vincent, Reporters Without Borders, Director of International Campaigns

'You do wonder when the hatchet can be buried with Assange, and not buried in his head by the way?... The real issue really is the activities they were exposing, not their actions ofexposure.''

  • Rt.Hon. Helen Clark, former Prime Minister of New Zealand

Global threat

The US is attempting to assert a tyrannical global precedent. That they can imprison anyone, anywhere in the world, who publishes leaked evidence of US state Human Rights crimes. It completely undermines the US' stated principles of free speech and democracy.

Meanwhile, Julian is slowly dying in torturous solitary confinement in the UK despite not being convicted of anything. The process is the punishment. According to medical experts he is likely to die if we don't free him in the next few months.

Allies of the US / UK can no longer stay silent and still say they stand for Democracy and Press Freedom. This case threatens South Pacific journalists, the integrity and safety of our Defense Forces, and the wider public's right to know. The NZ Government must ask our allies, the UK & US, to bring an end this NOW.

Kia kaha Aotearoa & Australia

We are calling on the New Zealand Government to stand with Australia, and call on our allies the US & UK to bring an end to this and bring Julian home.

Julian Assange with his fiancée, and member of his legal team, Stella Morris.

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Find your local MP using this interactive map. Politely email or phone them and ask them to call on our allies, the US and UK to end this and bring Assange home. Say why it matters to you and add weighty quotes from notable authorities here.

Jacinda Ardern PM and Minister for National Security and Intelligence

David Parker Attorney General

Willie Jackson Minister for Broadcasting and Media

Nanaia Mahuta Minister for Foreign Affairs

Andrew Little GCSB

Chris Hipkins Overseeing: Protected Disclosures (Protection of Whistleblowers) Bill

Chloe Swarbrick, Green MP with Broadcasting portfolio

Golriz Ghahraman, Green MP Human Rights lawyer (supports Julian)

David Seymour, Act MP

Paul Hunt NZ’s Human rights Commissioner

Senator Penny Wong - Australia's Minister for Foreign Affairs

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