Do not extradite Julian Assange to the United States
| Doc. 15692
| 25 January 2023
- Mr Pieter OMTZIGT,
Netherlands, EPP/CD ; Mr Kriton-Ilias ARSENIS,
Greece, UEL ; Ms Sibel ARSLAN,
Switzerland, SOC ; Ms Karin BROUWERS,
Belgium, EPP/CD ; Ms Laura CASTEL,
Spain, UEL ; Mr Jeremy CORBYN,
United Kingdom, SOC ; Mr Franz Leonhard ESSL,
Austria, EPP/CD ; Mr Emmanuel FERNANDES,
France, UEL ; Mr Paul GAVAN,
Ireland, UEL ; Mr Björn Leví GUNNARSSON,
Iceland, SOC ; Mr Max HENGEL,
Luxembourg, EPP/CD ; Mr Andrej HUNKO,
Germany, UEL ; Mr George KATROUGALOS,
Greece, UEL ; Ms Mai KIVELÄ,
Finland, UEL ; Mr Eduard KÖCK,
Austria, EPP/CD ; Ms Octavie MODERT,
Luxembourg, EPP/CD ; Ms Mariella MULARONI,
San Marino, EPP/CD ; Mr Marco NICOLINI,
San Marino, UEL ; Mr Hişyar ÖZSOY,
Türkiye, UEL ; Mr Aleksander POCIEJ,
Poland, EPP/CD ; Mr Thomas PRINGLE,
Ireland, UEL ; Mr Søren SØNDERGAARD,
Denmark, UEL ; Ms Anne STAMBACH-TERRENOIR,
France, UEL ; Ms Feleknas UCA,
Türkiye, UEL ; Mr Andreas Sjalg UNNELAND,
This written declaration commits only those who have signed it.
We, the undersigned, declare the following:
We strongly believe that the United Kingdom should not extradite
Julian Assange to the United States.
In the event of his extradition, the founder of Wikileaks
would risk further psychological and physical harm, in addition
to that suffered during his long isolation and detention in London.
Mr Assange would risk an unfair trial and a disproportionately
harsh penalty, following the prejudicial statements about him by
senior political and security sector figures.
To extradite Mr Assange would send a devastating signal to
all those who defend freedom of information and freedom of speech
as a fundamental condition for our embattled democracy.