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OPEN LETTER SENT TO MINISTER SIMON COVENEY CALLING ON HIM TO SPEAK UP

FOR JULIAN ASSANGE IRISH DAY OF SOLIDARITY NEXT SAT 23rd OCTOBER

We are calling on all our supporters to sign the open letter to Simon Coveney and to attend (if possible) and support the solidarity activities planned for this coming Saturday.

The letter, now launched as an Uplift campaign, can be viewed and signed here – https://my.uplift.ie/petitions/ask-minister-simon-coveney-to-speak-up-fo...

After you have signed please share on social media or by email.

The Irish Anti War Movement, along with several other anti-war and social justice groups in Ireland, has written an open letter to Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney calling on him to lobby by all means necessary, including via Ireland’s current membership of the United Nations Security Council, the British and United States Governments, to release the campaigning Wikileaks editor and journalist, Julian Assange.

The call to Simon Coveney has been supported so far by many prominent Irish people including: Nobel Peace laureate Mairead Corrigan Maguire, Christy Moore, Sinéad Cusack, Stephen Rea, Eamonn Mc Cann, Dr. Harry Browne, Raymond Deane, Trevor Joyce, John F. Deane, Honor Heffernan, Dr. Ronit Lentin, Prof. Ray Kinsella, Trevor Hogan and elected politicians Richard Boyd Barrett, Paul Murphy, Joan Collins, Clare Daly, Mick Wallace and Thomas Pringle.

The open letter is part of a campaign in Ireland to draw public attention to the ill-treatment of the imprisoned journalist and to put pressure on the Irish Government to call for his release.

A series of solidarity events for Julian Assange organised by Free Assange Ireland and supported by the IAWM will be held across the island of Ireland from Dublin to Galway and from Derry to Kerry this coming Saturday 23rd October. This includes a rally at the GPO in Dublin at 1pm followed by a public meeting at 3pm with MEPs Clare Daly and Mick Wallace and former UN Assistant Secretary General Denis Halliday at the New Theatre, Connolly Books, East Essex Street in Dublin.

In West Belfast Sein Fein MP Paul Maskey will unveil a banner in soilidarity with Julian Assange.

Free Assange Ireland Facebook page is here – https://www.facebook.com/Free-Assange-Ireland- 108045181097849/

The hearing of the appeal by the US Government against the decision of a British Court not to extradite him to the USA will be held on 27th and 28th October.

This is clearly a politically motivated case simply because Julian Assange exposed US military and other war crimes, human rights abuses and corruption in the US-led wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. He spoke truth to power and has been vindicated. His continued incarceration and threatened extradition to the US is a threat not only to him but to all journalists, editors and publishers, to the cause of investigative journalism, to press freedom and to freedom of speech generally. That is why the IAWM along with others are calling on Minister Simon Coveney to speak up for Julian Assange and to use his influence to call for his immediate release.

Julian Assange Irish Day of Solidarity Sat 23/10/2021 1PM GPO Dublin

IRISH ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT (IAWM) PRESS RELEASE – 17 October 2021

OPEN LETTER SENT TO MINISTER SIMON COVENEY CALLING ON HIM TO SPEAK UP FOR JULIAN ASSANGE

IRISH DAY OF SOLIDARITY NEXT SAT 23rd OCTOBER

 

The Irish Anti War Movement, along with several other anti-war and social justice groups in Ireland, has written an open letter to Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney calling on him to lobby by all means necessary, including via Ireland’s current membership of the United Nations Security Council, the British and United States Governments, to release the campaigning Wikileaks editor and journalist, Julian Assange.

The letter, now launched as an Uplift campaign, can be viewed and signed here – https://my.uplift.ie/petitions/ask-minister-simon-coveney-to-speak-up-fo... The call to Simon Coveney has been supported so far by many prominent Irish people including: Nobel Peace laureate Mairead Corrigan Maguire, Christy Moore, Sinéad Cusack, Stephen Rea, Eamonn Mc Cann, Dr. Harry Browne, Raymond Deane, Trevor Joyce, John F. Deane, Honor Heffernan, Dr. Ronit Lentin, Prof. Ray Kinsella, Trevor Hogan and elected politicians Joan Collins, Richard Boyd Barrett, Paul Murphy, Clare Daly, Mick Wallace and Thomas Pringle.

The open latter is part of a campaign in Ireland to draw public attention to the fate of the imprisoned journalist and to put pressure on the Irish Government to call for his release.

A series of solidarity events for Julian Assange organised by Free Assange Ireland and supported by the IAWM will be held across the island of Ireland from Dublin to Galway and from Derry to Kerry this coming Saturday 23rd October. This includes a rally at the GPO in Dublin at 1pm followed by a public meeting at 3pm with MEPs Clare Daly and Mick Wallace and former UN Assistant Secretary General Denis Halliday at the New Theatre, Connolly Books, East Essex Street in Dublin.

In West Belfast Sein Fein MP Paul Maskey will unveil a banner in soilidarity with Julian Assange. Free Assange Ireland link here - https://www.facebook.com/Free-Assange-Ireland-108045181097849/ The hearing of the appeal by the US Government against the decision of a British Court not to extradite him to the USA will be held on 27th and 28th October.

Jim Roche, PRO of the IWM said:

"This is clearly a politically motivated case simply because Julian Assange exposed US military and other war crimes, human rights abuses and corruption in the US-led wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. He spoke truth to power and has been vindicated. His continued incarceration and threatened extradition to the US is a threat not only to him but to all journalists, editors and publishers, to the cause of investigative journalism, to press freedom and to freedom of speech generally. That is why the IAWM along with others are calling on Minister Simon Coveney to speak up for Julian Assange and to use his influence to call for his immediate release."

 

Contact:
Jim Roche, PRO Steering Committee, IAWM, Tel. 087 6472737
Michael Youlton, Chair Steering Committee, IAWM, Tel. 086 8159487
Sara O Rourke, Member, Steering Committee, IAWM, Tel. 087 6024821
John Molyneux, Secretary, Steering Committee IAWM, Tel. 085 735 6424
Glenda Cimino, Steering Committee IAWM, Tel. 086 124 9456

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FREE JULIAN ASSANGE - An Open Letter to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney, TD

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 05 October 2021

Mr. Simon Coveney TD,
Minister for Foreign Affairs,
Iveagh House,
St. Stephen’s Green,
Dublin 2.

An Open Letter to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney, TD

Dear Minister,

 

We, the undersigned, appeal to the Irish Government and, in particular to you, as Minister for Foreign Affairs, to lobby by all means necessary, including via Ireland’s current membership of the United Nations Security Council, the British and United States Governments, to release the campaigning Wikileaks editor and journalist, Julian Assange.

Since “9/11” and the subsequent mis-named War on Terror, respect for international law by the US, NATO and other allied countries has virtually collapsed which has led to the most horrific war crimes and abuses being committed. Sadly, Ireland is implicated in this because of the facilitation of the US military at Shannon Airport. Many of these war crimes were exposed by Julian Assange through his publishing organisation, Wikileaks, which is why he is being punished by the US and UK Governments.

Julian Assange has spent ten years incarcerated, firstly in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London and for the last two years in solitary confinement at Belmarsh Prison in the UK. Though a British Court refused to extradite him due to fears he would not survive the US penal system, this is now being challenged by the US Government. If the appeal succeeds, Julian Assange faces a sentence of 175 years, likely to be spent in extreme isolation.

Throughout his incarceration, visits by his family, supporters and his legal team have been, and continue to be, severely curtailed and often spied upon. He has been denied the right to a fair hearing in the UK because of the tactics of the US prosecutors, including submitting last minute fresh indictments, which were allowed by the UK judge.
There is no proven case against Julian Assange. The US admitted under oath as far back as 2013 that it had not found any evidence that anyone had come to harm as a result of WikiLeaks’ publications. A key informant for the FBI, on which the US based strong aspects of its indictment against Assange, subsequently admitted publicly that he fabricated his evidence. Recent media reports alleging that the CIA planned to kill or kidnap Assange in London raise further questions about the US Government’s vendetta against him. His trial should have long since collapsed for numerous reasons not least the ban on political extradition in the US/UK Extradition Treaty and the fact that the CIA has spied on Assange’s defence counsel.

This is clearly a politically motivated case simply because Julian Assange exposed US military and other war crimes, human rights abuses and corruption in the US-led wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The documents released by Wikileaks were published widely by mainstream media outlets such as The Guardian, The New York Times, Der Spiegel, Le Monde and many others.

Julian Assange is in effect a political prisoner. His continued incarceration and threatened extradition to the US, therefore, is a threat not only to him but to all journalists, editors and publishers, to the cause of investigative journalism, to press freedom and to freedom of speech generally. It is ironic that Western countries, which claim to be defenders of freedom, are acting in this way.

Julian Assange’s treatment by the Ecuadorian Embassy and by the UK Government has been condemned as close to torture by multiple social justice and human rights groups. Since being forcibly removed by British police from the Ecuadorian Embassy over two years ago, his physical and mental condition have seriously deteriorated at the inhumane high security and Covid-ridden Belmarsh Prison. Professor Nils Melzer, the UN Rapporteur on Torture, has described how “Mr. Assange has been deliberately exposed, for a period of several years, to persistent and progressively severe forms of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, the cumulative effects of which can only be described as psychological torture.”

We condemn the ongoing treatment of this brave journalist and the overhanging threat of extradition to the US. We add our call to multiple organisations from around the world such as the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, the Council of Europe, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, the American Civil Liberties Union, Reporters Without Borders, the International Federation of Journalists, various medical organisations, thirty-three elected politicans on the island of Ireland and multiple others who have called for Mr. Assange’s immediate release.

We specifically call on the Irish Government to live up to its claim to be a defender of human rights and therefore to act forthrightly to intervene with President Biden to drop the US Government appeal, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson to release Julian Assange immediately and with Prime Minister Morrison to meet Australia’s consular responsibilities to Julian. It would be going against everything we in Ireland claim to stand for if the Irish Government, which is familiar with miscarriages of justice in British courts, failed to speak up in defence of Julian Assange.

Julian Assange has suffered enough, simply because he exposed, through his journalism, extensive governmental deceit, corruption, war crimes, state-sponsored killings, extraordinary rendition [kidnapping], military cover-ups of unlawful killings, and ultimately the true wholescale horror of the disastrous, futile wars led by the US and British Governments. He spoke truth to power and has been vindicated. It is beyond time for him to be released and allowed to enjoy life in peace with his family. We appeal to you to do everything within your power to ensure this happens.

Yours sincerely,

SIGNED:

Jim Roche, PRO, Irish Anti-War Movement (IAWM)

Máiréad Corrigan Maguire, Nobel Peace Laureate

Jenny Bassett, Free Assange Ireland (FAI)

Roger Cole, Peace and Neutrality Alliance (PANA)

Dette McLoughlin, Galway Alliance Against War (GAAW)

Dr. Edward Horgan, Chairperson, Veterans for Peace, Ireland Chapter

Dr. John Lannon, Shannonwatch

Frank Keoghan, Secretary, People’s Movement

Joe Murray, Director, AFRI Action from Ireland

Barry Sweeney, World Against War, Coordinator Ireland Chapter

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