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An event in Mullumbimby to raise awareness and funds for the fight to free Julian Assange will be addressed by his father John Shipton, and international human rights campaigner Ciaron O’Reilly.

Justice for Julian, organised by activist think tank the Ngara Institute, will take place on December 8 at 7pm in the Mullumbimby Ex-service Club,

Julian Assange in the Ecuadorean embassy in 2014. Photo David G Silvers/Cancillería del Ecuador

Mr Shipton, who has long been an active anti-war campaigner, is now a tireless ambassador for his
son.

He addresses organisations and gatherings in Australia and across Europe to ramp up support
for Assange, with the goal of securing his release from detention in the UK.

He recently visited his son at Belmarsh Prison in London, where he spends twenty two hours each day in
solitary confinement, while facing rendition to the United States and eighteen pending charges under the US Espionage Act.

‘We are faced here with a great task, all of us together, to ensure that Julian is freed from the persecution that has been going on now for nine years,’ Mr Shipton said.

‘Julian shows all the symptoms of torture, psychologically and physically, from this ceaseless, ongoing isolation.

‘It’s beyond cruel: it’s malice and if we are not careful, it will turn to tragedy.’

Speaking alongside Mr Shipton at the event is Ciaron O’Reilly, who returns from eighteen months in London in constant activism in support of Julian, which included seven months living rough on the Knightsbridge street outside the Ecuadorian Embassy, and latterly on a traffic island opposite Belmarsh Prison.

‘Julian is the person in human history who has pissed off the greatest number of powerful people in the shortest time!’ Mr O’Reilly said.

‘He is also the person who seemed to go from hero to zero in the shortest time.

‘Julian became invisible when the Ecuadorian government switched off his internet access in March 2018 and he was no longer able to give Skype interviews.

‘I was asked to maintain a fulltime presence outside the Embassy to enhance security and provide visibility to his ongoing persecution.’

Co-chairs of the event are journalist and Bay FM presenter Jim Beatson and fellow journalist and writer Dr John Jiggens.

Bookings essential at https://www.ngarainstitute.org.au.

Food and drinks available for purchase at the Club.


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15 COMMENTS

  1. Assange must not be extradited to the USA to face ‘treason’ charges.
    He has only exposed US warcrimes ( among other things) and is not a US citizen.
    Could we try a UScitizen for treason? I think not.
    Free Julian Assange!

  2. What about the Rape allegations? is that now forgotten about? This man did what ever it took to not address these allegations. I think his credibility is in the gutter to avoid these allegations. Why people want to support a man who is lacking the integrity to address these allegations. He has been accused of Rape, Please don’t forget this issue people.

    • please inform yourself. Julian Assange DID comment on the rape allegations right from the beginning, claiming “consent”. ask yourself: why do the “victims” not “remember” anymore? why were the charges dropped now?

      • There was never any charges only allegations with preliminary investigations. Swedes prosecutors were later reproved for not performing adequately, with statute of limitatio almost expired when they finally decided to interview J Assange in London. Practice which was normal so many times done prior, yet prosecutors failed to act in the duties of theirs as prosecutors.
        justice4assange.com

    • Please Inform yourself. The evidence is already out. I have also investigated this thoroughly myself. The facts and evidence reveal that Assange is not a rapist. This was an obvious setup and the allegations and phoney bail was a farce. He has no been convicted of anything. Sweden dropped the rape charges. You have a lot to catch up on but don’t do your research by mainstream media because that has also been shown to be lies.

    • You may not be informed! The Swedish rape defamation charge has now been brought more cowardly and inhumanly or the Swedish government has closed the case “for lack of evidence”! Assange had his name defamed and now they try to kill him! help a defender the truth! stand for freedom for you and everyone

    • Darren, you really need to check your facts. Julian was actually never charged. He was wanted for questioning regarding sex without a condom- no violence, no lack of consent. He first new of the accusation after reading about it in a local Swedish newspaper where it was “leaked”. He immediately presented himself to the local police station in order to give a statement. He then went to England and said he would come back to Sweden to answer any further questions if necessary provided the Swedish government would give him an assurance he would not be the victim of extradition to the United States. The Swedish govt refused him that assurance. He then said he was happy to be questioned in England, again this was refused by the Swedish Government. After two years with no evidence and no conviction Sweden advised the UK that they were uncomfortable with the continuing open case and wanted to close it, however, there are leaked communications from UK telling Sweden in no uncertain terms that “they were not to get cold feet”. Funnily now the US have him in the maximum security prison in the UK where they are hoping to extradite him from the Swedish case has now been closed. He was never charged and the case was a sham, in order to discredit and smear Julian Assange so the US could get him. I am astounded that you would even have the audacity to continue this farcical and dishonest slur on Julian Assange. The facts are readily available for any reasonably intelligent human. There is an old saying- “ it is better to keep ones mouth closed and be thought a fool, than to open it and leave no doubt” – in this case maybe keep your fingers off the keyboard.

  3. darren.. may i suggest you educate yourself re the truth behind the sexual misconduct preliminary investigation. Swedish police and prosecutors concocted these allegations , at the direction of the USA. .All part of the persecution, and the conspiracy to frame Assange, and drag his name through the dirt . . Have a good read of the link provided by Claudio.

  4. If someone smashes the window of a house with good reason – perhaps to rescue a dog from a fire – we applaud them. If the next week they go around smashing windows to break into half a dozen houses the previous effort is not a defence for the following crimes. At best the person might get a lighter sentence for his earlier act of merit.

    Julian Assange posted on the internet what some consider whistle-blower material and many have commended him for doing so. I will not argue that matter. He also posted large amounts of other material, including Australian that had been properly shared with the US. I reviewed the material from places I had worked, produced by people I had worked with. All of it was properly classified secret and confidential to protect not our government, but the interests of Australia and the Australian people, and its good relations with neighbours we need to live with. There was no public interest in publishing the material. He released large amounts of similar material that other countries had entrusted to the US.

    Had I released the material I read, I would have would have been dismissed from the public service for a betrayal my country’s trust and faced prosecution under the secrecy provisions of Australia’s Crimes Act. The US has an independent judiciary. On the count alone of the material I read Assange should face court in the US. If found guilty the court can consider his release of whistle-blower material in deciding his sentence.

    • Dear Peter,
      Your comments are fundamentally flawed. Regardless of your opinion of Mr Assange, mr Assange is an Australian citizen, who , if guilty of a crime( I do not believe he is), was not in America at the time of the alleged crime. Therefore legally, it is a question of sovereignty. An Australian citizen, who has in fact committed no crime in America is not able to be charged under American law, and particularly cannot be held in a third party country in order to be extradited to the country that he is not from and where he committed no crime. Even a person with limited grasp of law should be able to understand the ludicrous lack of logic, and blatant disregard for international law in regards to sovereignty.

      • I am sure the US judicial system can determine if an Australian was capable of breaking US law while not being there. It appears he was. Since it appears he posted to the Web inter alia Australian material without any good reason, there is no good reason for Australia not to allow his extradition to proceed.

  5. Peter Hatfield here is an idea: An Australia that does not send its rubbish overseas for children in vulnerable nations to dispose of, an Australia that does not ‘privatise’ what we have already paid for, an Australia that does not tolerate murders of anyone in our care, an Australia that does not sell arms to murderers or fight wars over oil for others, an Australia that does not patronize, scoff at, denigrate or RIP OFF our neighbours, an Australia that does not have things to hide, especially the (potential) prevalence of our (potential) integrity and ethics. Lately we look more like the worst of the US and China. At this time in history we might want to look at just how dodgy, bad mannered and dishonest we have become. Our forebears are not smiling on this topic, but are probably delighted by the small amount of real intelligence and decency still vocally active about serious things in this great but morally polluted nation, and the cleanness of many wonderful young inheritors. Free Julian, he has been punished enough. And our politicians need to be a more courageous and more decent breed NOT chosen by dodgy powermongers. And while we are at it, let’s look at the minds of too many weird men in positions of significance in this nation raised on a diet of Anzac, wars, private school arrogance and unevolved masculinity.

    • Kerry You have completely missed my point. Regardless of your view of Australia’s conduct overseas Australia has a right to have its confidential diplomatic communication respected by other countries. States have communicated confidentially with their overseas representatives since the middle ages – it is one of the pillars of the diplomacy that helps underpins better understanding and reduce the risk of conflict. Australia and the US have signed the Vienna (diplomatic) Convention which requires that: “The official correspondence of the mission shall be inviolable.” Australia chooses as is our right to share some of that confidential communication with like minded democratic countries, including the US.

      I would expect the sort of country you would want Australia to be would be one that respects Australian and international law, and expects its citizens to obey properly made overseas law. Like Australia and every other country the US has laws that make it an offence to release confidential material. Julian Assange posted our confidential communications for the world to see. In the case of the material I read Assange appears to have broken US law intended to protect confidential material, including material shared by Australia that under international law should have remained inviolable. None of the material I read had anything to do with any of the matters you raise, except in as much as some of it provided frank assessments of corrupt leaders in our region – it was done confidentially because it is important for our Government to understand the leaders we had to deal with, and to do so without denigrating in public the government of countries we have no choice but to live with. We share material like that with the US because it is important they understand our region
      .
      If you have any concerns about living in a world at peace; about the rights of minorities, women, children, gays, people being trafficked and kept in slavery, and other vulnerable people; about supporting efforts to overcome corruption and encourage more equitable development; about stopping widespread destruction of forests and other natural environments at risk; about preventing the spread of nuclear weapons; those are just some of the matters that nor just Australia, but other democratic nations like the UK, Canada, New Zealand and those in Scandinavia and Northern Europe need to be able to communicate about frankly and confidentially to make effective change. Assange appears to have trashed the principle of the Vienna Convention by posting the confidential material of Australia and many other countries. His extradition will provide an opportunity for him to face the US courts and if he is found to have broken US law to be punished for the harm it appears he has done.

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