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UN Condemns Psychological Torture Inflicted Upon Assange In Coordinated Attack By UK, US, Sweden And Ecuador

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UN Condemns Psychological Torture Inflicted Upon Assange In Coordinated Attack By UK, US, Sweden And Ecuador

Julian Assange

Written by Dr. Leon Tressell exclusively for SouthFront

The UN Torture Expert, Nils Melzer, has strongly condemned the psychological torture inflicted upon WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange by a coalition of countries led by the United States and United Kingdom.

The WikiLeaks publisher has spent over 7 weeks in Belmarsh prison where his health has deteriorated to such an extent that he is now displaying symptoms of, “intense psychological trauma.” Per Samuelson, Julian Assange’s lawyer, visited his client last Friday and has said that Assange’s health was in such a poor state of health that,”it was not possible to conduct normal conversation with him.”

On 10 May Julian Assange was visited by Nils Melzer and two experts who specialise in examining potential victims of torture. Their meeting with Assange led them to issue their damning verdict upon the psychological abuse he has faced at the hands of Britain, America, Sweden and Ecuador.

Collective persecution of Julian Assange

The United States recently announced that it was adding a further 17 charges to the indictment against Assange that could add 175 years to any prison sentence.

The coordinated nature of the international attacks upon Assange are further illustrated by the recent actions of Sweden and Ecuador.

Sweden’s deputy director of prosecutions, Eve Marie Persson, has announced that the 2010 rape case against Assange will be reopened. She stated at a press conference that Swedish prosecutors want to interview Assange and extradite him once he had served his 50 week jail sentence in Britain imposed for a minor bail violation.

This was shortly followed by Ecuador stepping up its attacks upon Assange by authorising the search of the room where Assange was residing in its London embassy. Its Attorney General has agreed to violate international law by handing over to the U.S. any computers, phones, thumb drives, CD’s and any other documents that its illegal search may have turned up on 20 May.

Psychological Torture of Julian Assange

Today Nils Melzer, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, issued a statement regarding his 9 May visit to Assange in Belmarsh maximum security prison. Melzer declared that since 2010 Julian Assange has faced:

“… a relentless and unrestrained campaign of public mobbing, intimidation and defamation against Mr. Assange, not only in the United States, but also in the United Kingdom, Sweden and, more recently, Ecuador.”

According to Melzer this abuse and intimidation has been part of a concerted campaign by the media, politicians and the legal system all designed to break Assange. This has included:

” … an endless stream of humiliating, debasing and threatening statements in the press and on social media, but also by senior political figures, and even by judicial magistrates involved in proceedings against Assange.”

” In the course of the past nine years, Mr. Assange has been exposed to persistent, progressively severe abuse ranging from systematic judicial persecution and arbitrary confinement in the Ecuadorian embassy, to his oppressive isolation, harassment and surveillance inside the embassy, and from deliberate collective ridicule, insults and humiliation, to open instigation of violence and even repeated calls for his assassination.”

At their meeting on 9 May two UN experts who specialise in examining potential victims of torture carried out a thorough medical examination that led them to conclude:

“It was obvious that Mr. Assange’s health has been seriously affected by the extremely hostile and arbitrary environment he has been exposed to for many years. Most importantly, in addition to physical ailments, Mr. Assange showed all symptoms typical for prolonged exposure to psychological torture, including extreme stress, chronic anxiety and intense psychological trauma.

“The evidence is overwhelming and clear, Mr. Assange has been deliberately exposed, for a period of several years, to progressively severe forms of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, the cumulative effects of which can only be described as psychological torture.”

One of the medical experts went further and condemned in quite an unprecedented way the collective persecution of Assange by a group of powerful nations led by the United States:

“I condemn, in the strongest terms, the deliberate, concerted and sustained nature of the abuse inflicted on Mr. Assange and seriously deplore the consistent failure of all involved governments to take measures for the protection of his most fundamental human rights and dignity. By displaying an attitude of complacency at best, and of complicity at worst, these governments have created an atmosphere of impunity encouraging Mr. Assange’s uninhibited vilification and abuse.”

Nils Melzer, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture has written to the governments of the US, UK , Sweden and Ecuador calling upon them to refrain from any further persecution of Julian Assange. Melzer further appealed to the crisis ridden government of Britain not to extradite Assange to the United States and comply with its international obligations regarding his human rights such as unimpeded access to legal representation.

Melzer’s statement is an incredibly powerful condemnation of the US and its allies by pointing out that behind the collective persecution of the WikiLeaks editor has been an attempt to criminalise investigative journalism that has exposed torture and war crimes by American forces. He concluded his statement by forcefully declaring that:

“In 20 years of work with victims of war, violence and political persecution I have never seen a group of democratic States ganging up to deliberately isolate, demonise and abuse a single individual for such a long time and with so little regard for human dignity and the rule of law. The collective persecution of Julian Assange must end here and now!”

The crisis ridden UK government, that is complicit in Saudi war crimes in Yemen, has had the temerity to declare that it will write to the UN in due course to rebut the charges against it. It is incumbent upon the opposition Labour Party to come off the fence and apply pressure to the Conservative government to comply with its international obligations regarding Julian Assange. As Kristinn Hrafnsson, WikiLeaks editor in chief, has stated this will only happen if ordinary people apply pressure upon the British establishment:

“Julian’s case is of major historical significance. It will be remembered as the worst attack on press freedom in our time. The People need to voice their condemnation; it is their politicians, their courts, their police, their prisons that are being abused to leave this black stain on history. Please act now to avert this shame.”

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  • AM Hants

    Reminds me of Slobodan Milošević, who spent 11 years in a cell in The Hague, where he eventually died of a heart attack. In 2014, following his death the UN exonerated him of all charges, laid against him.

    The UN, who took 20 years, to apologise for failing to notice the genocide and ethnic cleansing of Rwanda. It was not till after the oil and diamond industry was up and running.

    So will the UN save the life of Julian Assange, or just provide words?

    We do not even have the death sentence in the UK, but, no problem, when upsetting Rothschild and friends. There are no rules, there are no laws.

    • so

      Freedom and Democracy at its finest. A world where torture and violence are the only language that the Evil Rich know. Carried out by their middle men the soldiers and police who are celebrated as heroes. What else can I say.

      • AM Hants

        Do you remember the Polish Torture Chambers, run by the CIA, that Poland kept quiet? Wonder if they are still running?

        • occupybacon

          Yes and not only Poland, many other countries from NATO and Asia but you would agree with that if that was happening in Russia.

          • AM Hants

            Why would I agree?

            I started looking into Russia, owing to following events in Ukraine and finding the Russian Government, sane, intelligent, humane and respectful of life. Have not changed my views, just, sad my own Government cannot be viewed in the same way.

          • Zionism = EVIL

            Seriously, even Nazis never committed war crimes, torture and human rights abuses at the scale that moral less Americunts have done for 2 centuries from holocaust of native Americans, slavery, endless wars, racism, torture and killing millions for Jew parasites and Bilderberg corporations. Just look at some of the sick photos that came out of Abu Ghraib.

            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/765a1c4e1896186df80fb6e5222dd7380f2e56a52f8d13c46923429a6f2f41f0.jpg

          • AM Hants

            Look at who created them all and who controls Washington DC, the state independent of the host country. All one and the same.

            Who created the National Socialist (German) Worker’s Party?
            Who created the Bolshevik Communist Party?
            Who controls and operates Washington DC, City of London and the Vatican?

            Remember, Judea was an outpost of the Roman Empire, over 2000 years ago? When the AshkeNAZI Khazarian Nomadic Turkic Tribes, learnt Hebrew and adopted the religions of Christianity, Islam and Judea. They have used religion and war ever since, mix and matching, whichever serves their purpose on the day.

          • d’Artagnan

            Not to mention lesbianism, feminism, consumerism, and now trying to destroy humanity by eliminating genders with transexual sickos LGBTI of whatever the fuck the sick Jews create next. Seriously, I am fed up with what the evil Jews are doing to the brainwashed fucks roaming around with “smart phones” posting selfies on fuckbook.

        • Sinbad2

          Torture is pretty normal in America.

          https://youtu.be/yitULN4qYtw

          • Zionism = EVIL

            It is shame that sheeple forget what the scummy Americunts did at Abu Ghraib in Iraq, Gitmo, Bagram and hundreds of black ops torture sites around the world.

          • AM Hants

            Not pleasant viewing, but, glad I watched it.

          • Tommy Jensen

            4 big guys with black gloves and 2 fat girls to fix 1 black woman.
            So this is what Obama poured -$10 trillion dollars down the drain to.

        • so

          As far as I know the US has torture chambers and rendition flights all over the world to circumvent US laws about torture. Especially in eastern Europe and the Middle East. Laws are for other countries and the little people.

      • Zionism = EVIL

        The cowardly footage released by Wikileaks showing Americunt gunships gunning down civilians walking down the street in Baghdad and laughing at the callous murder did great damage to the Americunt and NATO cowards and set off the 2005 Iraqi resistance which cause many Americunt losers death. Hopefully, more people will now take a stand against Zionist and Americunt evil, the best path is resistance to tryanny.

        • Tommy Jensen

          As far I know the US losses are only around 5000 troops for all ME wars.

    • HardHawk

      they are laws… just is their laws every where in west no? That why they make them so they serve them against the rest of us.

      • AM Hants

        I seriously wish Julian Assange all the best and hope somebody intervenes and gets him the treatment he so deserves.

        • Zionism = EVIL
        • HardHawk

          he sleep in the bed he make for himself my friend and all his wrong decisions. But as you, I do wish him to get what he deserves.

          • AM Hants

            Thank God, the investigative journalist was couragious enough, to do his best to highlight the evil behind our Governments, all parties. Unlike the propaganda agents, who try to pose as journalists.

          • HardHawk

            thank god what for? To my opinion and many as me, he did reveal nothing that was not already known and discussed among us at length. So turning him into a heroic figure that he is not …… any way to me he is not worth either the attention is been given and is been used by the ones who make the most noise of all, americans and their masters, to pass laws that are against all the users of the net as well all civilians on earth.

            I think you dont see clearly what is happening here but believe what you like.

          • AM Hants

            There are many out there, fully supportive of the investigative journalist, who was just doing his job.

          • HardHawk

            I am also supportive of what he attempted to do,not as he did it, but also fully aware of his past associations as well the people he is in bed with and to me he did not acted very professional or try to cover his back. He also withhold 90% of the info his been feed to publish and been very selective what he published and what not, instead of just unload what ever he been given and then go underground, something very easy any one of us who been on the international lights can do at will. Especially what his background and expertise claimed to be.

            Instead he as many americanized idiots, he went for money and glory and now he is paying the price, for what? Because all he published was already common knowledge. Beside the fact, 90% of the laws against freedom of the net, been passed with him as the excuse and his actions with his group of people.

            Beside the BS been written about him have you bothered to know this man and his past associations, as well the groups, that make so much noise about him whom they are and stand for and their failed attempts to cash on what they allegedly uncovered?

            I have one question for you. Tell me what he published that was not common knowledge globally already and been discussed by every one on the net, as well what actually he achieved, by doing that. Positive as well negative.

          • AM Hants

            Everybody has strange bedroom mates, whatever part of life you deal with. For me, truly grateful to Julian Assange, for having the strength of character to stand up and be counted. Wish him well.

          • HardHawk

            yes i understand that you looking at it from the emotional point of view and I respect that. I look at it from another point of view.

          • AM Hants

            We all have different view points and agendas. It is nice when there is also respect, concerning different points of view. Take care.

          • HardHawk

            Different point of view yes we have but my only agenda is fighting globalization, not thinking individuals even if their reasoning is directly opposing to mine.

      • Zionism = EVIL

        What law?, the Americunts and their British poodles are global criminals. They invade and kill millions of people and then blame their victims.

    • occupybacon

      Ok, Milosevic is a hero, I can understand that, but comparing Assange with a patriot politician you show that you don’t give a damn on what Assange did, you just hate the West and that’s all. Like all Putin fanatics.Russian hypocrites would do the same.

      • so

        Sad. In one lifetime you’ll finally get it.

      • AM Hants

        Really?

        Because I do not agree with what they did to Milosevic? Just like I do not agree with how Julian Assange has been treated.

        Because I feel disgust, at how my Government, over the decades has covertly violated human rights concerns, and for what? Or more to the point for whom?

        The City of London, is a state, completely independent of host nation, with it’s own laws, taxes and rules. Still run on the old Roman Empire ideology. Yet, why do they control those who are meant to administer the laws and regulations of their host nation? The same is true of Washington DC, they do not rule in accordance with the constitution of the United States, but, are another state, completely independent of their host nation, whilst running things. The Vatican, is exactly the same, but, a separate country in their own nation. Run on the same ideology.

        Now who administers the Crown Estate? The Fed Reserve and the Vatican Estate? Why do they have so much power and control, over their host nations?

        By the way, respecting a President and his team, is not the same as being fanatical about them.

        There again, because I am not loyal to those behind ‘Integrity Initiative’, including the oligarchs thrown out of Russia, owing to abusing the system, is that what makes me a Putin fanatic?

        Why does Bill Browder have so much power, over in the UK?
        Why does Mikhail Khodorkovsky also have so much power?

        UK General Inner Core Integrity Initiative

        https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f7ae82da37bda63238cb584da0c193f2e5f9b7272bb8c32e8aed058439c42ed9.png

    • S Melanson

      The UN could have determined innocence by simply looking at calendar. The claim that NATO bombing of Serbia was in response to Alleged Serb ethnic cleansing in Kosovo. Well Serb atrocities must be stopped and thank heaven for NATO (USA) stepping up to the plate.

      The problem is that the Serb actions occurred after NATO started bombing and so it was the other way around – Serbia was reacting to NATO ethnic cleansing.

      The UN should also have considered relevant the fact that the United States supported the Kosovo Liberation Front given it is identified as a terrorist organization. And who designated them as terrorists,is none other than the Serbs were trying to e

    • Zionism = EVIL

      The FACT of the matter is that Julian Assange is being targeted by Americunt lardass warmongers and the Jew parasites because Wikileaks exposed the murderous cowardly nature of Americunts who have been killing millions of civilians in cold blood around the world in the name of “democracy”. Chelsea Manning and Assange are being tortured to set an example, so that other whistleblowers are silent. In the meantime, even convicted Americunt and NATO war criminals are being rewarded, welcome to the new Zionist led world order.

    • Rob

      When there is no justice then this will happen. 12 killed by ‘disgruntled employee’ in mass shooting at Virginia Beach municipal building.

      • Tommy Jensen

        It was one more staged fake, for the weapon controle sake. Twitter and others sacked the story in 24 hours.

    • Vitex

      Rudolf Hess. Innocent of any crime except seeking a peace deal with Britain. Murdered by MI6.
      Give me control of the money of a country and I care not who makes its laws.

    • Vitex

      East Timor – Indonesia commences ethnic cleansing, UN (including Australia and NZ) intervenes – but not until the Indonesian oil industry is well-entrenched in ET. One australian ex-soldier told me it was his opinion that the Australian government colluded with Indonesia about the whole thing.

      • AM Hants

        Funny how they always wait until the newly created oil industries are up and running, to notice genocide and ethnic cleansing, which ran alongside the project?

    • dutchnational

      Milosevic was not exonerated. The prosecution was halted as it is pointless, legally impossible?, to convict a corpse.

      • AM Hants

        Milosevic was exonerated by the Hague Triubunal in 2017, for your information. Many years after his death.

        Hague Tribunal Exonerates Slobodan Milosevic Again…

        December 7 2017 – ‘… Eleven years after his death, a second trial chamber at the UN War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague has concluded that Slobodan Milosevic was not responsible for war crimes committed in Bosnia and Herzegovina…’

        …Buried in a footnote deep in the fourth volume of the judgment against Bosnian-Serb General Ratko Mladic the judges unanimously conclude that “The evidence received by the trial chamber did not show that Slobodan Milosevic, Jovica Stanisic, Franko Simatovic, Zeljko Raznatovic, or Vojislav Seselj participated in the realization of the common criminal objective” to establish an ethnically-homogenous Bosnian-Serb entity through the commission of crimes alleged in the indictment…

        This is an important admission because practically the entire Western press corps and virtually every political leader in every Western country has spent the last 25 years telling us that Slobodan Milosevic was a genocidal monster cut from the same cloth as Adolf Hitler. We were told that he was the “Butcher of the Balkans,” but there was never any evidence to support those accusations. We were lied to in order to justify economic sanctions and NATO military aggression against the people of Serbia – just like they lied to us to justify the Iraq war.

        This is the second successive trial chamber at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) to conclude that Slobodan Milosevic was not guilty of the most serious crimes he was accused of.

        Last year, the Radovan Karadzic trial chamber also concluded that “the Chamber is not satisfied that there was sufficient evidence presented in this case to find that Slobodan Milosevic agreed with the common plan” to permanently remove Bosnian Muslims and Bosnian Croats from Bosnian Serb claimed territory…

        The Tribunal has done nothing to publicize these findings despite the fact that Slobodan Milosevic was accused of 66 counts of genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity by the Tribunal.

        Milosevic died in the Tribunal’s custody before the conclusion of his own trial. He was found dead in his cell after suffering a heart attack in the UN Detention Unit two weeks after the Tribunal denied his request for provisional release so that he could have heart surgery that would have saved his life…

        …Less than 72 hours before his death, Milosevic’s lawyer delivered a letter to the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in which Milosevic expressed fear that he was being poisoned…

        https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2017/12/07/hague-tribunal-exonerates-slobodan-milosevic-again/

        Which is why what is happening with Julian Assange, reminds me of the case and events, concerning Milosevic.

    • ROME2,0

      No this man is Journalist – not a fighter. What is clear is this man is being tortured and proves to us and the world, the UK, EU and USA are acting as Terrorist states – fully

      • AM Hants

        Exactly the same. Milosovic was held in a cell, in The Hague, for 11 years, where he died. The UN, then exonerated him of all crimes he was accused of.

        Julian Assange, how many years has he been held in isolation, whether it be in the Embassy or in one of UKs prisons?

        • ROME2,0

          Well what they are doing to him now is ( high Grade LSD) And Torture but he is Journalist and yes, in this case death is the sentence

          • AM Hants

            So sad, but, he has been immortalised and those that are trying to take him down, will not be remembered in future history books. Unlike Julian Assange.

            I seriously wish him well.

          • ROME2,0

            I understand your man in and others 11 years in a hole and others now: in this case they are using a psychological BONE SAW on him

  • Tommy Jensen

    Remember all these Western countries are providing “rehabilitation” of ISIS mass murders, who committed mass rapes of minors, in their welfare systems with jobs and access to education.

    Especially Sweden provides the most extreme case of hypocrisy with feminist Director of Prosecutions Eve Marie Persson stalking Assange through 9 years refusing all invitations to London and UN resolutions to finish off a simple process hearing while she as Swedish is crying in general about masculine suppression.

    • Black Waters

      When men can’t protect their own womans/childs in their own nation that’s when you know that the nation itself it’s about to dissolve.

    • occupybacon

      Good point, Tommy!

  • Cook

    Can’t wait until the big bullies get a taste of their own medicine.

    • HardHawk
      • occupybacon

        She’s damn hot. And right :)

      • Tommy Jensen

        Reminds me about Bobby Fisher which the US Establishment also stalked during decades because he refused to let his chess abilities be exploited for political purposes.

  • Rob

    Torturing Assange is an open terrorism. They are used to do terrorism on each front to achieve their dirty goals.

    • occupybacon

      Rob, you are right on this

  • Raptar Driver

    More proof of the criminal enterprise called the U.S. federal government; if other nations had the sand, they would sanction these criminals but alas they are controlled by said criminals.

  • Chris Saunders

    Sweden has always been a gutless state, grovelling and bowing to the international hegemons, taking in masses of destructive ex-terrorists that are ruining the country and barking when the hegemons say to bark . .

  • frankly

    In these times of fake news I find it absolutely astounding that only one source of news has never had a story proven wrong, Wiki-leaks have consistently brought us the truth. Liars become presidents, honest men wind up in prison.

    • Sinbad2

      That’s why they are hated, the lives of the plutocrats depend on the people remaining unaware.

      • dutchnational

        Russia as a shining example of your words.

  • hvaiallverden

    WTF did you expect, and nothing, nothing pisses me off more than when UN official rats are drooling something about f….. Assagne and Torture, huh, and I automaticly despices anyone coming from an UN that is so corrupt that they are mere an f….. joke, pety vassals for an imperial banana republic and have no credibility what so ever and the moment I started to read about this shithead from UN i wanted to puke.
    They are lying f…. scums along with the Gov of the raving loonies of the UssA, and have legitimized wars after wars, millions have died, more milions displaced, even more millions have their life crashed by wars and invasions witch after all this years have turned out to be done thru faking everything and now this f…. creep is coming out of the woodwork to yapp more bollocks since credibility etc is dead an gone decades ago.
    They will make Assagne drool in an corner, and moving Him from the cell to an hospitale confrims their torture agenda, because in the Host. they can hammer harder since the medical system is there to incase something slips when they torture or uh…. interigate Him, like they did with Milozewitch is an option, since He is so called sick so kill…… sorry acsidents happens when conditions deteriorate, right UK, He is an dead man walking and we all know it.

    Then we have the Jewpress, aka the MSM, is dead silent, of course, and the MSM propaganda in an country like Norway, where our rightwinged Joohoho suckers are screaming about just wack Assagne, because somehow He is an traitore.
    Yeah, since most of the Norse sheep f…. reads shitholes like FauxNews etc, and we all know where they stand, the rest isnt worth an rats ass.
    And then we have Sweden, makes me wounder, what do you even know about Swedens role in Comunism, Jews and Sovjet, do you have any idea, Bonier, huh, no, Sweden is dead, and will slowly die off, wacked from within, Sweds is so f….. rotten its onlly beaten by Norway and Denmark, countrys totaly controlled by the Tribe, and if you stil dont get it, why and from where, since 1600 you know jack shit.
    And now Finland, just watch, they all go dead silent, like when ISISrael is killing Palestinians, cant write about that, its anti-semetism, like writing about crimes comitted by our fresh Multicultural enritchments enritching our lands, thats racial profiling, yeah, so they just dont write about it at all.
    Never think the Nordicks are nice or have any kind of credibility, because they are just cheep whores for the Tribe and Trumps jewish run Gov.

    Sorry, Assagne is f….
    And nobody will nor can do anything about it.
    Its an beta test, they will come for the rest of us, but hey, loook an sqirel playing harmonica, sweeeet.
    May the lord have mercy upon His soul, we will never see that man again, maybe in an more vegitative state, aka drooling in the corner.

    peace

  • d’Artagnan

    Assange is being set up as an example so that others do not stand up to the Zionist deep state and their war crimes against humanity.

  • Jay Lindberg

    Assange’s greatest crime was not just the leaks that he exposed. Just as important is the fact that Wikileaks never revealed their sources. Even when it allowed the entire Russiagate SCENERIO to happen. Could Russiagate have happened if WIKILEAKS had revealed the source of the DNC leaks? I do not know. Who will the DNC blame when the DNC gets busted rigging the 2020 election? They really need to rename the Democratic party because real democracy is they last thing the party elite want. Of course the last thing the Republican party really wants is the US to be run as a real republic either.

  • ROME2,0

    What this is, is past the satanic: They are essentially drugging him with a psych meds to kill him from the inside out. His Crime is Journalism, in Now Known Failed States of UK, USA and EU — Simply put these three all acts as any tyrant in history

    — We enter the reign of terror —of these monsters