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Thank Ecuador. Shame UK. ACTION


World  (tags: humanrights, Wikileaks, Assange, US, Ecuador, asylum, freedoms, ethics, speech, journalists )

Nancy
- 693 days ago - act.rootsaction.org
The UK has threatened to raid the Ecuadorian embassy in London where Assange is now. This would violate an inviolable international standard. The BBC reported that Britain's foreign secretary, William Hague, "said the UK would not allow Mr. Assange safe



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Patrick Donovan (312)
Friday August 17, 2012, 8:25 am
It's interesting the victims of US imperialism are now willing to fight back. A "well done" goes to Ecuador.
 

Roger M. (0)
Friday August 17, 2012, 8:26 am
The idea that the British police would invade the Ecuadorian Embassy is bizarre. But if Julian Assange has broken the conditions of his bail then he should be arrested for doing so. That's the way the law works, whoever you are, right?

The was a poll recently of how much freedom of speech citizens of all the countries of the world have. Ecuador came 107th. So no, I won't be signing a petition praising Ecuador, thanks.
 

Sue H. (7)
Friday August 17, 2012, 8:33 am
Noted and signed, thanks. "Raiding" a Foreign Embassy is simply over the top aggressive.
 

Michael M. (58)
Friday August 17, 2012, 8:34 am
While Ecuador is not a particularly democratic society, we must understand that the USA is EXTREMELY abusive of its governmental power internationally, and to praise a small act of resistance to that regime-changing nation IS appropriate.

You see, war and assassination are execrable to the most profound degree, and it is up to YOU to make your voice heard not only within the USA, but on the international stage, so that the political and corporate actors are forced by the world's people to become more ethical and less violent.

So do sign, Roger, if your concern is freedom of speech.
 

Michael M. (58)
Friday August 17, 2012, 8:51 am
Here is my verbose addition to the letter.

I post it to clarify (if all that clarifies to you, Roger, or anyone here. I expect the UK govt to understand!)

"Mr. Assange has repeatedly made it clear that he will accept Sweden's request to interrogate him, so long as he is not subject to further extradition to the US, a nation which would prosecute him for his work in international journalistic freedom and openness of real information.

It is unethical for the UK not to support him in this matter, and unethical of the UK not to take extreme supportive measures protecting him from the extremely high likelihood that he would be extradited from Sweden to the US, known for its human right violations worldwide.

Instead we see willful denial of support for freedom of speech through the UK's persectution through submitting to dangerous extradition without complete diplomatic assurance of Mr. Assange's protection from any possibility of draconian US measures toward a free press. Such protection must be assured before the UK takes any action to control the movement of Mr. Assange. Or is the United Kingdom instead adhere to the denial of human rights and basic social freedoms?"
 

Michael M. (58)
Friday August 17, 2012, 8:51 am
oops - that last sentence requires a does, not an is.
 

Alicia v. (181)
Friday August 17, 2012, 8:54 am
Signed.
 

Roger M. (0)
Friday August 17, 2012, 8:55 am
I don't see the relevance of the USA in this petition, Michael. It asks us to thank Ecuador and shame the U.K. Other than the afore-mentioned bizarre threat of storming an Embassy, what has the U.K. done wrong in all this that they should be ashamed?

Just to be clear, Sweden, like the U.K., would never extradite Mr Assange or anyone else to the USA if there was a possibility of a death sentence. It would not and cannot happen. Of course I'm concerned with freedom of speech. But I'm also concerned about the rule of law being applied to all equally. Mr Assange is accused of rape and this must be fully investigated. He's broken the terms of his bail and that too should have consequences, whoever you are. Don't we all agree on this? Or is there one law for Mr Assange and another law for the rest of us?
 

Pat A. (117)
Friday August 17, 2012, 8:56 am
If anyone ever doubted that the Conservatives are in charge, this (amongst sooo many others) should prove it. They are multi-millionaires and obsessed with power and greed and money.
 

Jason Green (227)
Friday August 17, 2012, 10:09 am
Thank you for writing to Ecuador and the UK.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday August 17, 2012, 11:29 am
Thank Ecuador. Shame UK. Thank you for writing to Ecuador and the UK.
thanks Nancy
 

Judy B. (60)
Friday August 17, 2012, 11:38 am
Signed and noted, thanks.
 

Lisa Neste (695)
Friday August 17, 2012, 12:20 pm
Thank you for writing to Ecuador and the UK. Thanks Nancy.
 

Abdessalam Diab (153)
Friday August 17, 2012, 12:43 pm
At this moment ,I remember my Care2 friend David B.who adopted a petition on his share book asking Ecuador to grant Assange assylum.Unfortunately he was banned from Care2.
Thank you Nancy for this post.Noted and signed.
 

Rich Blue (72)
Friday August 17, 2012, 12:46 pm
signed~
 

Esther Z. (101)
Friday August 17, 2012, 2:10 pm
Noted and signed. Glad to see my country of origin do the right thing!
 

Michela m. (3801)
Friday August 17, 2012, 3:08 pm
S&N
 

Carol H. (229)
Friday August 17, 2012, 4:17 pm
signed and noted
 

Mary T. (188)
Friday August 17, 2012, 6:38 pm
Thanks Nancy, I signed this earlier today as I also get emails from rootsaction.org.
 

Aletta Kraan (146)
Friday August 17, 2012, 6:51 pm
Noted and signed !
 

Devon Leonard (54)
Friday August 17, 2012, 9:12 pm
Thanks Nancy signed and noted
 

Raluca Anghel (84)
Friday August 17, 2012, 11:30 pm
thanks!
 

Judy C. (106)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 1:02 am
Signed. Thanks Nancy.
 

Joe R. (187)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 5:15 am
Signed and noted.
 

Sandra Penna (53)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 6:25 am
signed and noted.
 

paul m. (93)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 6:34 am

Mr. Assange is innocent,he upset the wrong people, now he's being framed , just to shut him up.
Well done Ecuador,,,,
 

Patricia Cannell (748)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 8:46 am
Signed and noted
 

Michael M. (58)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 10:48 am
It seems as if some care2 members have gotten so used to "noted" signed" and such vacuous short words, that they cannot read an entire sentence, nor discover its relevance to a paragraph, orthat paragraph's relevance to commentary or issue.
Since we had to walk through an urban area this am to get to the forest which surrounds us, I noted (but did not sign) that in the air was cigarettes,, chocolate and coffee. These all have mere neurotransmision effects, and perhaps the failure to understand is in part a result of requiring these exogenous brain-affecting substances in order to exist.

Yes this note has a point. I see that the failure I refer to exists above. THe USA has expressed grave hatred toward Mr. Assange, and officially has excoriated him - that is, for those who cannot put two or more words together, relevance. As the USA has moved steadily toward a more secretive government whose actions do not reflect the will of its populace, whether concerning the human-caused global warming problem, or toward the right to exist and disagree (and pursue the very same course it has in such areas as nuclear development!) of sovereign nations, its motives toward Mr. Assange and the light which Wikileak'tyoe organizations shed upon hidden activities, are significantly relevant.

Because in order to receive an accurate picture of the world, one must in recent times (I admit that it has always been a problem to understand and sever the real from the fabricated whenever one relys upon sources originating from within one's own culture, nation, or other gossip group) go outside market society media, to such groups as Wikileaks, Indigenous tribala news, and foreign news services emanating from nations not within the control of that (meaning this USA, this corporate/government miscegenation) information-controlling monolith, which like China's, is also limited by those in charge, in order to costume itself as morally good or justifiable.

Relevance? Using the word may in some cases, like taht of the comment reffering to me, may actually mean that the user of the word has no idea what it means.
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday August 19, 2012, 12:41 am
What a load of tripe! Putting aside Assange's political views, why shouldn't he be prosecuted for sex crimes. If you were the victim wouldn't you want him to stand trial.!!!

The UK is in an awkward position but Ecuador is in the wrong.
 

Helen Porter (41)
Sunday August 19, 2012, 2:58 am
noted and signed
 

Craig Pittman (44)
Sunday August 19, 2012, 6:15 am
It is more than likely the sex crime allegations is a red herring. In any case he is willing to be tried in Sweden.
Thanks for bringing this story forward Nancy.
 

Teresa Cowley (273)
Monday August 20, 2012, 7:31 am
The "sex crimes" gambit is, IMHO, BS!! ANY female can have sex with someone and scream "rape"--that doesn't make it so!
Kudos, really BIG kudos to Equador!!
 
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