Readers' Blog: Award Nobel peace prize to Assange

Readers' Blog: Award Nobel peace prize to Assange

Julian Assange and his colleagues in Wikileaks have shown on numerous occasions that they are one of the last outlets of true democracy.

Their work for true peace by making public our governments’ actions at home and abroad has enlightened us to atrocities carried out in the name of so-called democracy around the world.

This included footage of inhumanity carried out by Nato/military, the release of email correspondence revealing the plotting of regime change in Middle Eastern countries, and the parts our elected officials played in deceiving the public.

This is a huge step in our work for disarmament and nonviolence worldwide.

Julian Assange, fearing deportation to the US to stand trial for treason, sought out asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy in 2012.

In recent months the US has increased pressure on the Ecuadorian government to take away his last liberties.

He is now prevented from having visitors, receiving telephone calls, or other electronic communications, thereby removing his basic human rights.

This has put a great strain on Julian’s mental and physical health. It is our duty as citizens to protect Julian’s human rights and freedom of speech as he has fought for ours on a global stage.

It is my great fear that Julian, who is an innocent man, will be deported to the US where he will face unjustified imprisonment. We have seen this happen to Chelsea (Bradley) Manning who allegedly supplied Wikileaks with sensitive information from Nato/US Middle Eastern wars and subsequently spent a number of years in solitary confinement in an American prison.

If the US succeeds in their plan to extradite Julian Assange to US to face a grand jury, this will silence journalists and whistleblowers around the world, in fear of dire repercussions.

Julian Assange meets all criteria for the Nobel peace prize.

Through his release of hidden information to the public we are no longer naïve to the atrocities of war, we are no longer oblivious to the connections between big business, the acquisition of resources, and the spoils of war.

As his human rights and freedom are in jeopardy the Nobel peace prize would afford Julian much greater protection from government forces.

Over the years there have been controversies over the Nobel peace prize and some of those to whom it has been awarded.

Sadly, I believe it has moved from its original intentions and meaning. It was Alfred Nobel’s will that the prize would support and protect individuals at threat from government forces in their fight for nonviolence and peace, by bringing awareness to their precarious situations.

Through awarding Julian Assange the Nobel peace prize, he and others like him, will receive the protection they truly deserve.

It is my hope that by this we can rediscover the true definition of the Nobel Peace Prize.I also call on all people to bring awareness to Julian’s situation and support him in his struggle for basic human rights, freedom of speech, and peace.

- Mairead Maguire

Nobel Peace Laureate (nominating Julian Assange for the 2019 Nobel peace prize)

Lisburn Road Belfast Northern Ireland

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