Geneva calls for the immediate release of Julian Assange
Jun 4, 2021 —
June 4, 2pm – Bains des Pâquis, Quai Wilson, Geneva
By video-conference on Zoom
In the name of the humanitarian values rooted in Geneva, City of Peace and Human Rights, a dozen personalities, including the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer and the Mayor of Geneva, are mobilizing on June 4 to launch the “Geneva Call to Free Assange” #GVA_FreeAssange. The “AnythingToSay” statue dedicated to whistleblowers Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning as well as to Julian Assange will be installed at the same time on the Pâquis pier in front of the Geneva Jet d’eau.
The Geneva Appeal to free Assange, which includes six demands, will be made public and open for signature on June 4 at www.pressclub.ch.
The press conference will be broadcast live on www.pressclub.ch, the YouTube channel of the Swiss Press Club, and on Facebook Live.
With the presence and participation of:
Nils Melzer, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture
Stella Moris, Julian Assange’s fiancée
Frédérique Perler, Mayor of Geneva (from June 1st)
Yves Daccord, Director General of the ICRC (2010 – 2020), former journalist
Carlo Sommaruga, State Councillor, Swiss Parliament
Antoine Vey, Julian Assange’s attorney
Denis Masmejan, secretary general, Reporters Without Borders Switzerland
Jean Rossiaud, former Geneva parliamentarian, initiator of the Swiss visa idea for Assange
Blaise Lempen, president of Press Emblem Campaign (PEC)
Joseph Farrell, WikiLeaks ambassador
Davide Dormino, sculptor (AnythingToSay?), member of DiEM25
Sarah Ducret, Association des Usagers des Bains des Pâquis
Christophe Deloire, Secretary general of Reporters Without Borders
Public inauguration of the AnythingToSay? statue
June 5 – opening at 11:00 a.m.
Installed on the Pâquis pier, in front of the Geneva Jet d’eau, the sculpture by Davide Dormino anythingToSay? representing whistleblowers Edward Snowden, Chelsea Manning and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will be officially inaugurated on Saturday, June 5, the day after the launch of the Geneva Call. These same guests will participate in the Geneva Appeal, launched by the Swiss Press Club, to demand the release of Julian Assange.
The Association of users of the Bains des Pâquis, initiator and organizer of the event, will also present an exhibition on whistleblowers and will host a debate at 6pm. Throughout the day, the public will be able to show their solidarity and everyone will be able to take turns to stand on the statue in the place assigned to the citizen.
The detailed program of the inauguration on June 5 from 11am is available on the website of the Bains des Pâquis, host of the statue: www.bains-des-paquis.ch.
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