The UN Unique Rapporteur on torture has urged the outgoing US President Donald Trump to pardon WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange, arguing he suffered years of persecution for simply “informing the fact.”
Nils Melzer’s open letter to the United States President was published by Tuesday, with Special Rapporteur signing up with the chorus of calls to pardon Assange.
Melzer worried that Assange is ” exceptionally susceptible,” with his health greatly degraded for many years of seclusion in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, in addition to the severe conditions in the UK’s Belmarsh high security jail, where he’s currently being held.
” I checked out Mr. Assange in Belmarsh High-Security Prison in London, with 2 independent medical doctors, and I can vouch for the reality that his health has seriously scrubby, to the point where his life is now in threat. Critically, Mr. Assange struggles with a documented respiratory condition which renders him incredibly susceptible to the Covid-19 pandemic that has actually just recently broken out in the prison where he is being held.”