January 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm AEDT
A special Sydney event for Julian #Assange on Monday Jan 29th, 7pm in the Harold Park Hotel, Glebe.
The event will focus largely on health risks if Julian Assange, who faces his final U.K. appeal on February 20-21, is extradited to the US; and new law in the UK regarding a requesting State’s assurances. In 2021, U.S. assurances were accepted by the U.K. High Court to overturn a lower court decision not to extradite him on health grounds, but Mr Assange’s state of health has significantly deteriorated since then.
Speakers: Senator David Shoebridge, Australian Greens & former Barrister; Jennifer Robinson, Australian human rights lawyer & Barrister; Mary Kostakidis, Australian journalist, former SBS News presenter; Dr Arthur Chesterfield-Evans, Australian doctor, former surgeon, former NSW politician.
The Australian all-party ‘Bring Assange Home’ parliamentary group has sent a letter to the UK Home Secretary, James Cleverly, requesting an investigation into health risks, should Assange be extradited. Senator Shoebridge is one of the four signatories of the letter, which begins and ends with the following two quotes:
“We know that you will be well aware of the UK Supreme Court decision that related to your office reported as AAA v Secretary of State for the Home Department  UKSC 42 (hereafter “AAA”). The decision found that courts in the United Kingdom cannot just rely on third party assurances by foreign governments but rather are required to make independent assessments of the risk of persecution to individuals before any order is made removing them from the UK…”
“…we are requesting that you undertake an urgent, thorough and independent assessment of the risks to Mr Assange’s health and welfare in the event he is extradited to the United States. Consistent with the decision in AAA it appears to us that such independent investigation should include a close review of the risks to Mr Assange’s health, life and wellbeing through prolonged detention in one or more high security US detention facilities.”
‘Saving Julian Assange: it’s now or never!’ will be live-streamed on the Politics in the Pub and Consortium News websites, and their social media platforms, but do try to attend in person if you’re in Sydney.