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500,000 Signatures & Notice 2 to The Hague: Psychological Torture is a Crime Against Humanity

Phillip Adams
Brisbane, Australia

Aug 26, 2020 — 

Hi All, I hope you are all well, We submitted Notice 2: to the Office of the Prosecutor, International Criminal Court (ICC), The Hague: Crimes Against Humanity is psychological torture. You can't psychologically torture a journalist that exposed War Crimes, that's a crime against humanity as stated in the 1997 Rome Convention to the International Criminal Court.

According to our understanding: If a ratified nation to the 1997 Rome Convention to the ICC is involved in a process of inflicting psychological torture on an individual they may be prosecuted through the ICC. This petition does allege that some Public Officers (former and present) including some Parliamentarians of The UK, Sweden, Australia and Ecuador are complicit in the psychological torturing of Julian Assange and as such need to be investigated by the Office of the Prosecutor of the ICC and should be held to account under international law as per their ratification of the 1997 Rome Convention to the ICC (The Hague).

We want justice and we agree nobody is above the law and that includes complicity and responsible Parliamentarians and Public officers. As Jeremy Hunt MP wished we will “stand together to make it an international taboo, of the highest order to murder, arrest or detain journalists just for doing their job”. Ref. https://www.straitstimes.com/world/europe/britain-names-amal-clooney-as-media-freedom-envoy 

Note: I have pasted the script below from the letter sent to The Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. The Hague. This Change platform does not permit the uploading of documents so I have placed an image of the 3 page document (so you can appreciate its look/layout etc) and pasted in the script here so you can read it. Ignore the formatting problems as the copy and paste function stuffs the formatting.

504,748 signatories as at Aug. 27, 2020

Petition To: Chief Prosecutor Ms Fatou Bensouda                                                         International Criminal Court: The Hague                  

Petition To: Deputy Prosecutor Mr James Stewart                                                         International Criminal Court: The Hague

Petition To: The Hon. Marise Payne, Senator                                                                 Minister for Foreign Affairs

Petition To: The Hon. Scott Morrison, MP
                   Prime Minister of Australia

Notice To:   The Hon. Boris Johnson, MP and all Members Government of the United Kingdom

Dear Ms Fatou Bensouda,

Over 500,000 signatories to this Free Julian Assange, before it’s too late petition respectfully request that a preliminary investigation be carried out by the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court (ICC) into alleged “crimes against humanity” perpetrated by public officers of the governments of UK, Ecuador, Sweden and Australia.

Under the ICC’s classification a case of “psychological torture” is a “crimes against humanity” as per the 1997 Rome Convention of the ICC Article 7 "Torture means the intentional infliction of severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental”. The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture and together with a team of medical experts have verified that Julian Assange has been subjected to psychological torture in London U.K..

The psychological torturing of Julian Assange has been perpetrated by way of an apparent systematic and or co-ordinated process involving the direction of some former and present public officers of the governments of The United Kingdom, Sweden, Ecuador and Australia. These four nations’ governments have ratified jurisdictional compliance to investigations and rulings of the International Criminal Court and as such signatories to this petition now directly and respectfully request a preliminary investigation be commenced as per ICC OTC protocol.

On May 31, 2019 The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture or other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment, Prof. Nils Melzer said.

“I am appalled at the sustained and concerted abuse that this man has been exposed to at the hands of several democratic states over a period of almost a decade and I am gravely concerned of the prospect of a possible extradition to the USA. I am worried he would be exposed to a politicised show trial in violation of his human rights”……

“I went to the prison with two very experienced specialised experts in examining, identifying and documenting symptoms of both physical and psychological torture. We ran medical protocols called the Istanbul Protocol, which are recognised protocols to examine torture victims to have an objective medical assessment. Mr Assange showed all the symptoms that are typical for those exposed to prolonged psychological torture.”

“My assessment is that Mr Assange has been exposed to various forms of cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment that cumulatively have the same effect as psychological torture. Now because Mr Assange’s has been confined to a very controlled environment for about seven year with very little outside influence it is possible to identify the causal relationship between the medical symptoms and the actual causes of those symptoms with a high degree of certainty.”

“Our conclusions are that; first of all it is the concerted efforts of various states to hand him over to the United States, ….

“I believe Mr Assange has a credible case and a credible fear that he would not get a fair trial in the USA and he would not be safe and protected from the types of detention and treatment that would violate the convention against torture.”

“Since 2010 he has increasingly been exposed to a public campaign or of public mobbing, vilification and intimidation ranging from deliberate ridicule to insults and upto actually open calls for his assassination and murder. This without the concerned governments ever interfering and trying to protect him for this type of unacceptable threats. All of these elements have contributed to a level of stress and anxiety that would be unbearable for anyone….resulting in what amounts to psychological torture. “ …..

 “It is important to see that the Swedish prosecution, the Ecuadorian authorities and also UK Judicial authorities so far have not shown judicial impartiality and objectivity that is required under the rule of law. He has been expelled from the Ecuadorian Embassy without any due process of law and we are talking about the formal lifting of an asylum status and the suspension of his nationality/citizenship which normally would not be done obviously by a president under a unilateral decision. But this should be a court proceeding where the concerned person would have the right to defend themselves. The way the Swedish prosecution has been conducted also shows that Mr Assange was not given the opportunity to defend himself properly against charges of sexual misconduct without at the same time having to expose himself to a possible extradition to the USA, which obviously was not related to the sexual offenses. …So for 10 years his reputation and credibility and his human dignity have been gravely affected by these allegations and the Swedish Prosecution deliberately prevented him from actually taking an official position against that.”

“Now in the UK courts we have seen a similar type of bias. It was the same day that he was dragged out of the Embassy after more than 6 years and the same day he was pulled into the UK court. He was reportedly given less than 15 minutes with his defence lawyer to prepare a defence. Then in a very short hearing he was convicted of bail violation and the judge even insulted him by calling him a ‘narcissist who can not get beyond himself’. Now as a lawyer, having worked at court myself, I can not imagine how a judge could come to such a conclusion when the defendant didn’t say anything else in that hearing other than saying ‘I plead not guilty”. Source:  https://youtu.be/ErW1taJEPrs

Nov. 12, 2019, petition tabled in the Australian Senate of the Australian Parliament by Senator Peter Whish-Wilson Greens. https://twitter.com/SenatorSurfer/status/1194524951044227072?s=20

Feb. 7, 2020, George Christensen MP LNP & Co Chair of the “Bring Assange Home” Australian Parliamentary Group https://www.facebook.com/watch/?t=2&v=306278656995310

Feb. 10, 2020, petition tabling in the House of Representatives of the Australian Parliament, by Andrew Wilkie MP Ind. https://twitter.com/WilkieMP/status/1226749989738573825?s=20

March 7, 2020, Julian Hill MP ALP: Speaks out to free Julian Assange https://youtu.be/7cXOLAS-dx0

Oct. 16, 2019 “Julian Assange has suffered enough. It's time to end this geopolitical madness. The man's an Australian. He's not an American. He wasn't in the US when he spoke out about war crimes. Put simply, he must be allowed to return to Australia.” Andrew Wilkie MP & Co Chair of the “Bring Assange Home” Australian Parliamentary Group.https://twitter.com/WilkieMP/status/1184253581660016640?s=20  

28 January 2020: “Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe–Comprising 324 parliamentarians from the 47 countries of the Council of Europe, speaking for 830 million Europeans The @CoE Assembly, in a resolution on media freedom, declares that the detention and prosecution of @wikileaks founder Julian #Assange "sets a dangerous precedent for journalists" and calls for his prompt release”. http://assembly.coe.int/nw/xml/XRef/Xref-XML2HTML-en.asp?fileid=28508&lang=en

“Should we extradite to Germany’s Hitler someone who has revealed the existence of concentration camps and genocide, regardless to how that information was obtained?  I don’t think so.” Anne Ramberg, Secretary General Swedish Bar Association comments in relation to the breech of legal principals in the treatment of Julian Assange. https://www.globalresearch.ca/head-swedish-bar-association-condemns-handling-assange-case-uk-sweden-deplorable/5677741

Former Australian High Court judge Michael Kirby and Co-Chair of the International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) says "It is deeply shocking that as a mature democracy in which the rule of law and the rights of individuals are preserved, the UK Government has been silent and has taken no action to terminate such gross and disproportionate conduct by Crown officials. Many countries in the world look to Britain as an example in such matters."

Yours Faithfully,

Phillip Adams

Petitioner, Australian Citizen, Brisbane Australia http://www.change.org/JulianAssange

Twitter Account:@PhillipAdams64

Istanbul Protocol Submitted to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights 9 August 1999 participating Organisations:

Action for Torture Survivors (HRFT) Geneva, Amnesty International London, Association for the Prevention of Torture Geneva, Behandlungszentrum für Folteropfer Berlin, British Medical Association (BMA) London, Center for Research and Application of Philosophy and Human Rights Hacettepe University Ankara, Center for the Study of Society and Medicine Columbia University New York, Centre Georges Devereux University of Paris VIII Paris, Committee against Torture Geneva, Danish Medical Association Copenhagen, Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology University of Colombo, Ethics Department, Dokuz Eylül Medical Faculty Izmir Turkey, Gaza Community Mental Health Programme Gaza, German Medical Association Berlin, Human Rights Foundation of Turkey (HRFT) Ankara, Human Rights Watch New York, Indian Medical Association and the IRCT New Delhi, Indochinese Psychiatric Clinic Boston United States of America, Institute for Global Studies University of Minnesota United States, Instituto Latinoamericano de Salud Mental Santiago, International Committee of the Red Cross Geneva, International Federation of Health and Human Rights Organizations Amsterdam The Netherlands, International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT) Copenhagen, Johannes Wier Foundation, Amsterdam The Netherlands, Lawyers Committee for Human Rights New York, Physicians for Human Rights Israel Tel Aviv, Physicians for Human Rights Palestine Gaza, Physicians for Human Rights USA Boston, Program for the Prevention of Torture Inter-American Institute of Human Rights San José, Society of Forensic Medicine Specialists Istanbul Turkey, Special Rapporteur on Torture Geneva, Survivors International San Francisco United States, The Center for Victims of Torture (CVT) Minneapolis United States,The Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture London, The Trauma Centre for Survivors of Violence and Torture Cape Town South Africa, Turkish Medical Association Ankara, World Medical Association Ferney-Voltaire France.https://www.un.org/ruleoflaw/files/training8Rev1en.pdf


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