Mensenrechtenexperts of the United Nations Friday expressed their concern about the ‘disproportionate punishment’ of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.
Assange is Wednesday in London and sentenced to fifty weeks cell because he does not comply with the terms of his probation, when he in June 2012 into the Ecuadorian embassy in the British capital fled.
He is being held in the strengbewaakte prison of Belmarsh ‘as if he has been convicted for a serious criminal offence’, according to a UN working group on arbitrary detention (WGAD) on Friday in a statement.
Yet according to the five members of the working group, the penalty is ” in conflict with the principles of necessity and proportionality’. The breaking of his borgvoorwaarden consider it only as a ‘small crime’.
The UN working group has already twice called for the release of Assange, in 2016 and 2018, and do that now so a third time. “The WGAD reiterated its recommendation to the government of the United Kingdom, that the right of mr Assange to personal liberty must be restored.”
The working group has no formal or binding authority.