There are so many laws broken by both the U.K. and the U.S. in this case, it is hard to list them all. Some include invasion of privacy, human rights violations, coercement of foreign governments, persecution, slander and libel. That only names a few.
In a tweet from @NilsMelzer, he mentions the following:
The UNCAT he mentions is the United Nations Convention Against torture. The article he refers to are the following:
1. No State Party shall expel, return (“refouler”) or extradite a person to another State where there are substantial grounds for believing that he would be in danger of being subjected to torture.
2. For the purpose of determining whether there are such grounds, the competent authorities shall take into account all relevant considerations including, where applicable, the existence in the State concerned of a consistent pattern of gross, flagrant or mass violations of human rights.
In an article seen here:
By ratifying CAT in 1988, the UK agrees to prevent acts of torture in connection with activities that include:
- returning, expelling or extraditing someone to another country where there are real grounds to believe he or she will face torture
- arrest, detention and imprisonment
- the training of police (civil or military), medical staff, public officials and anyone else who may be involved in the arrest, detention and questioning of a person
After reading up on this issue, Assange currently being incarcerated for breaching bail because he sought asylum is illegal. It is very definitely true he will be tortured in the U.S. not just because of the Stratfor emails (seen below) but because of what they did to Manning. Chelsea was subjected to solitary confinement and psychological torture, including but not limited to, being paraded around in front of troops naked.
The U.K. ruling in favor of extradition would also violate international law as well as it’s own. The U.K. Home Secretary Sajid Javid is satisfied that Assange will neither face the death penalty or torture by signing the extradition warrant placed before him by the United States.
There is also the fact that the extradition of Assange is politically motivated and is dealing with military issues. There are many issues the U.K. needs to take into consideration if Julian is to receive a just decision. For instance:
- His mental and physical well being. Is Julian even healthy enough to face extradition.
- Passage of time: where so much time has passed since the supposed offense occurred
- Extraneous issues: politically motivated. The U.S. has an ulterior motive
- Human rights issues: not just torture
- Free Speech and Free Press: The arrest and extradition of Assange will set a precedent that will destroy these rights permanently. It will change Western society forever.
Simply by brutally arresting Assange, detaining him for 9 years and not allowing him sunlight, fresh air or proper medical care, the U.K. has already breached the ratification of the UNCAT laws. They may as well have never passed it into law at all if their judicial system will not abide by it.
The fact that the U.K. is abiding by the U.S.’s requests at all shows their inability to justly decide Assange’s fate. Everything indicates their will be a farce of a court case stateside. He will be handed over, silenced permanently and we will never know what really happened to him.
The simple reality is that the U.S. and U.K. intend to let Assange rot slowly in prison as his life goes by and his health deteriorates even further. Every day a new law seems to be broken in this case, setting a standard neither country can recover from.
There is no justice for Assange.