Julian Assange

News in Brief 6 January 2021

  • ‘Conflict trap’ a growing obstacle to sustainable development - UN chief
  • Declaration to fix ‘Gulf rift’ welcomed
  • Rights expert welcomes court’s refusal to extradite Wikileaks' Assange
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UN human rights expert ‘cautiously’ welcomes UK court’s refusal to extradite Julian Assange

An independent UN human rights expert has welcomed a British court’s refusal to extradite Wikileaks founder Julian Assange to the United States on the basis that he would be exposed to oppressive conditions of imprisonment. 

News in Brief 8 December 2020

  • Don't let your guard down during COVID vaccine drive: WHO
  • IOM business support helps vulnerable women and children
  • Release Julian Assange immediately UN rights expert urges
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Independent UN expert calls for Julian Assange’s release, cites prison’s COVID outbreak

Amid a COVID-19 outbreak at London’s Belmarsh prison, an independent UN expert appealed to British authorities on Tuesday to release Julian Assange or to place him under guarded house arrest during extradition proceedings to the United States.  

Friday's Daily Brief: When journalists are targets, landslides in Cameroon, UN Female Police Officer of the Year award

A recap of stories in brief this Friday: Societies 'pay a price' when journalists are killed; Guterres saddened by Cameroon landslide deaths; Senegalese woman officer receives top UN award; IOM urges release of volunteers held captive in South Sudan; 'All actors' must support Haiti amidst crisis; UN expert warning over health of Julian Assange.

Governments cannot stay silent on human rights abuses: UN rights expert

UN human rights expert Agnès Callamard has been involved in some of the most talked-about stories of the past year..

Shortly after she called on the Maltese authorities to do more to find those responsible for the death of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, Conor Lennon from UN News asked her if she was surprised that the investigation into the death of Ms. Galizia has not made more progress.

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News in Brief 31 May 2019

  • States accused of 'ganging up' on Wikileaks' Assange
  • Asia-Pacific resolutions, solid foundation for SDGs
  • Somali refugees continue to flee Yemen: UNHCR
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UN expert criticizes States for ‘ganging up’ on Wikileaks’ Assange; warns against extradition, fearing ‘serious’ rights violations

After visiting Julian Assange in a London prison, an independent UN human rights expert expressed urgent concern on Friday, for the Wikileaks co-founder’s well-being, accusing “a group of democratic States” of “ganging up” on the prisoner to “isolate, demonize and abuse” him and warned against extraditing the controversial publisher to the United States. 

UN experts warn Assange arrest exposes him to risk of serious human rights violations

Independent UN rights experts on Thursday said the arrest of Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange by police in the United Kingdom, after the Ecuadorian Government decided to stop granting him asylum in their London embassy, exposed him to “the risk of serious human rights violations”, if extradited to the United States.

UN body says Wikileaks founder should be allowed to go free

The founder of a controversial freedom of speech website has been held in arbitrary detention and thus deprived of his freedom.

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