Ladies and Gentlemen of the Federal Council
Julian Assange was arrested at the request of the USA for revelations of war crimes committed by the USA in 2010.
He was dragged from the Ecuadorian Embassy by British police after Ecuador withdrew his asylum in violation of the Geneva Refugee Convention.
In the USA, Assange faces a trial in the Eastern District Court of Virginia under Judge Leonie Brinkema, where "a fair trial is absolutely impossible" (John Kiriakou, ex-CIA). Assange is also threatened with torture and possibly even the death penalty.
With an extradition to the USA, Great Britain would violate the most elementary internationally recognized fundamental rights (prohibition of torture, fair trial, Art. 3 and 6 ECHR) and mandatory international law (non-refoulement of the Geneva Refugee Convention).
The UN Special Rapporteur, Nils Melzer, speaks of a "great risk" of an unfair trial. He also notes "that the USA has not proved to be a safe country for torture in the last two decades".
Julian Assange is an investigative journalist. He has brought war crimes of the USA to light in Afghanistan and Iraq. His arrest not only violates the freedom of the press, but also represents the de facto reintroduction of censorship in the face of imminent sanctions, torture and the death penalty.
This is the end of a living democracy and of the freedom of which the West was rightly proud as one of its most vital achievements to date.
We therefore call on lawyers, jurists, Swiss citizens and co-signatories to the Federal Council to grant Julian Assange asylum in Switzerland,
- because Julian Assange is being persecuted by the U.S. just because he was a journalist who uncovered war crimes,
- because Wikileaks had reported the truth in 100% of their reports,
- because Julian Assange and Wikileaks only defend the basic values of our Swiss Constitution of 1848, freedom of the press, freedom of speech and expression and democracy, and
- because without justice there is only arbitrariness and violence.
Marcel Bosonnet, Philip Stolkin, Bernard Rambert, Andreas Noll