Doctors for Assange joined CN Live! to voice their concern that Julian Assange’s deteriorating health in prison threatens his very survival during the long appeals process set to begin later this year. Watch the replay.
Doctors for Assange began writing to governments in late 2019 warning that imprisoned WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange was in a fragile state of health, and could die in prison. The doctors have repeatedly called for his release on urgent medical grounds. Since then, medical experts who examined Assange testified in court to the seriousness of his medical condition. They explained that he would not survive oppressive prison conditions, and his extradition to the United States was denied on those grounds.
The High Court in London subsequently stood by the medical findings, and ruled that the medical evidence could not be challenged. Meanwhile, having won his case, Assange remains in the very conditions that caused and perpetuated his precarious state of health in the first place. With appeals set to drag on for years, unless Assange is released from prison, there is every reason to expect his condition to deteriorate, potentially dramatically so.
Given the medical evidence that is openly on the table now, Doctors for Assange warns that Julian Assange may not survive the appeal process.”
Host: Elizabeth Vos. Producer: Cathy Vogan.
Dr. Bob Gill, MBChB, MRCGP, General Medical Practitioner; writer and producer of the film, ‘The Great NHS Heist’, United Kingdom
Prof William Hogan, MD, Specialist in Internal Medicine; Professor of Biomedical Informatics, United States
Dr. Lissa Johnson, PhD, Clinical Psychologist and writer, Australia
Dr. Jill Stein, MD, Internist, Lexington, Massachusetts; Former instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School, two-time U.S. presidential candidate, United States
Dr. Derek Summerfield, Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College, University of London; Former Chief Psychiatrist at the Medical Foundation for Victims of Torture, United Kingdom
Dr. Sue Wareham OAM (Order of Australia), MBBS, General Medical Practitioner (retired); Co-founder of ICAN, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, which was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize in 2017, Australia
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