Assange Week – Julian turns 50
Six months have passed since an English court refused Julian Assange’s extradition to the United States – ruling that sending him to America would be so oppressive it would drive him to suicide. The US is now appealing that decision and the UK’s High Court is yet to announce whether it will grant permission for the appeal. This means Julian is spending 3rd birthday inside high-security Belmarsh prison.
Press freedom groups and members of the UK Parliament will also be holding events during the Assange week, showing support and solidarity on the occasion of Julian’s 50th birthday. Check out our website with the details for the Assange Week.
Starting today with streaming the Home Run for Julian San Francisco Bay Area. John and Gabriel Shipton will be joined by Alice Walker, Daniel Ellsberg, Noam Chomsky, Mamia Abu-Jamal and more.
Tomorrow Julian Assange’s father John and brother Gabriel Shipton will give us a wrap up and overview of their US tour #HomeRun4Julian.
Monday 28 June, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) will be mobilising supporters around the world to send birthday messages to Julian Assange via Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #HappyBirthdayAssange. Tweets using the hashtag through his 50th birthday on 3rd July will be compiled and printed to be delivered to him in Belmarsh prison. Check @RSF_inter for key birthday messages that will be shared throughout #AssangeWeek.
On Tuesday Members of Parliament will protest at Belmarsh prison about the ongoing refusal to allow a meeting between Julian Assange and a cross-party group of British parliamentarians. Later on tune in for an online discussion – From Guantanamo to Belmarsh, the story of imprisonment. Julian Assange’s partner Stella Moris will be speaking with Mohamadou Salahi whose story of imprisonment in Guantanamo was recently told in the film The Mauritanian. This will be moderated by filmmaker Suzie Gilbert.
On Wednesday the National Union of Journalists will host an online discussion on the Assange case.
Come and join us on Thursday for a River Thames protest boat ride and show support for Julian’s 50th birthday. Tickets available on Eventbrite.
Tune in on Friday for an online discussion with Chamira Gamage from Amnesty International Australia, Julian Assange’s lawyer Jen Robinson and Scott Ludlam, former Australian Senator. They will be discussing the Threats to the Freedom of the Press in 21st Century.
Saturday – Picnic day at Parliament Square for Julian Assange’s 50th birthday, from 1pm to 4pm BST. Please bring your own picnic. Due to Covid19 regulations, please wear face masks where required and use hand sanitizer regularly. We ask you to observe social distancing at all times and take care of each other.
Details subject to confirmations. We’ll continue to update our page with event details, how to get involved, video content, & more. Stay tuned and Free Assange!