Just after the bombshell revelations about the CIA plot to kidnap and assassinate WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange while he sought political asylum in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, the Progressive International comes to London with the first physical Belmarsh Tribunal. The intervention comes ahead of Assange’s extradition proceedings, which are set to continue in London’s High Court from 27 to 28 October 2021.


Tariq Ali

Renata Ávila

Apsana Begum

Richard Burgon

Jeremy Corbyn

Rafael Correa Özlem

Demirel Deepa

Govindarajan Driver

Daniel Ellsberg

Selay Ghaffar

Heike Hänsel

Srecko Horvat

Annie Machon

Stefania Maurizi

John McDonnell

Edward Snowden

Yanis Varoufakis

Ben Wizner

Eyal Weizman

More info here: https://act.progressive.international…

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One Comment

  1. John Smith October 23, 2021 at 1:23 PM

    This is all very nice, not that it will make the slightest difference to Mr Assange’s case, he being locked up no differently than many other undeserving suspects and convicts in horrible British prisons. The usual soft-left non-socialist names are present and correct. It’s a shame that Left media and organisations have no time or interest in the many other journalists imprisoned around the world in countries closely connected to the UK such as:

    – Bahraini blogger Abduljalil Al-Singace, imprisoned for posting articles on his website Al-Faseelah in which he criticized the human rights situation in Bahrain, the persecution of the political opposition and discrimination against the country’s Shia Muslim community. He has not seen freedom since 2011 and is living in conditions vastly worse than those in HMP Belmarsh, in a country notorious for human rights abuses which is a close military partner of the UK and which has its own military base in the country

    – Mahmoud al-Jaziri, also imprisoned in Bahrain since 2015 for, ironically, reporting on conditions inside Bahraini prisons

    – Ahmed Ali Abdel Qader, a Sudanese journalist imprisoned on 8 June 2021 in the UK’s close ally Saudi Arabia over social media posts critical of the kingdom

    – the at least 47 journalists imprisoned for their work in China, a country which despite its demonisation by the UK Tory regime is a trading partner of the UK, not a remote enemy

    All of these journalists deserve to have their causes publicised just as much as does Mr Assange, worthy and important as his plight is. Or is it only Western journalists who are important? And remember that Mr Assange’s prison conditions and judicial process, deeply flawed as they are, must be greatly superior to those endured by these other prisoners in countries that make not the slightest pretence of democracy or an incorrupt justice system.

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