Professor Nils Melzer, UN Special Rapporteur on torture. Pressfoto: Eskinder Debebe for UN (News.un.org)
“In 20 years of work with victims of war, violence and political persecution I have never seen a group of democratic States ganging up to deliberately isolate, demonise and abuse a single individual for such a long time and with so little regard for human dignity and the rule of law,”says Mr Nils Melzer. “The collective persecution of Julian Assange must end here and now!”.
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By Caitlin Johnstone
UN Special Rapporteur on torture Nils Melzer has said that on the 31st of May he gave video interviews with both Sky News and the BBC on his findings that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is the victim of psychological torture. As of this writing, footage of those interviews is nowhere to be found.
In response to a smear by virulent empire propagandist Idrees Ahmad about his conducting an interview with RT, Melzer tweeted that he has given interviews to both Sky News and BBC World, but that they seem not to have been aired.
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By Joe Lauria
(CN) — The UN special rapporteur on torture has issued a stinging rebuke to the United States, Great Britain, Sweden and Ecuador for “deliberately” exposing WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to years of “cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment,” which can only be described as “psychological torture.”
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Lorraine Chow, EcoWatch Waking Times A first-of-its-kind map has unveiled widespread environmental damage and contamination of the Amazon rainforest caused by the rise illegal mining. The survey, released Monday by the Amazon Socio-Environmental Geo-Referenced Information Project (RAISG), identifies at least 2,312 sites and 245 areas of prospecting or extraction of minerals such as gold, diamonds and coltan in six Amazonian countries—Bolivia, Brazil,……Read more
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By Aaron Kesel Lawyers for Julian Assange are suing Ecuador, accusing the government of violating Assange’s “fundamental rights and freedoms.” Statement: WikiLeaks publisher @JulianAssange launches case against his continued gagging, duress https://t.co/uVQbYRlth1 pic.twitter.com/dOuX6r8Hu4 — WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) October 19, 2018 This comes after Ecuador cut off communications with the WikiLeaks founder for months. Assange has been barred…..Read more
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There is no doubt about it, humans have produced an astronomical amount of trash. In fact, the average American consumes about 4.4 pounds of trash every single day and America alone sent 254 million tons of trash to the landfill in 2013. Where does it all go? Thankfully, there are certain efforts in place that…Read more & video
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Anna Hunt, Staff Writer Waking Times A record set by the people of Ecuador is one of the most impressive in the Guinness Book of World Records still stands. In just one day in 2015, thousands of volunteers from around the country planted 647,250 trees in over 150 locations. Deforestation Ecuador is one of the country’s…
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