UK might be accused of torturing Assange, doctors warn
London, Jun 26 (Prensa Latina) The British Government might be accused of psychological torture against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, 216 doctors from 33 countries warned in a letter that is circulating here on Friday.
The signatories of the letter, published in the specialized magazine The Lancet, recalled that the Australian journalist is held in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day at the Belmarsh prison, after he was denied the right to wait under conditional freedom for the extradition promoted by the United States.
They also charged that Assange runs the risk getting infected with Covid-19 in prison, where social distancing prevents him from meeting his lawyers to prepare his defense.
'Isolation and lack of stimulation are tactics of psychological torture that can cause disorientation, destabilization and serious desperation, in addition to affect crucial mental functions,' said Doctors for Assange, as the group is called.
The letter notes that several human rights organizations are demanding the release of the cyber activist and oppose his eventual extradition to the United States, whose government wants to try him for publishing thousands of secret files of US diplomacy and the Army on WikiLeaks.
Doctors for Assange also recalled that Nils Melzer, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, visited him in Belmarsh in May 2019, and concluded that Assange was being tortured psychologically.
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