Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mairead Corrigan nominated Julian Assange, Chelsea Manning, and Edward Snowden for this award.
“All three have been nominated individually for the Nobel Peace Prize, but none have yet received it. The reasons I put them together are simple: individually, they have shown countless examples of courage, exposing the illegal actions of the authorities…And together with their lives, self-sacrifice and selflessness demonstrate the greatness of the human spirit, “Corrigan wrote in her letter to the Nobel Committee.
She recalled that Assange is being held in prison in the UK and remains at risk of extradition to the United States, despite the court’s refusal to extradite. According to Corrigan, Assange may be subjected to “cruel, humiliating and inhuman treatment” in the United States and even be sentenced to death.
Chelsea Manning – an American activist -, who provided Assange with information and served seven years in a US prison until former President Barack Obama pardoned her, also ended up behind bars for refusing to testify against Assange, Corrigan added. Snowden, who has uncovered large-scale secret surveillance programs of the US intelligence services, has taken refuge in Russia and cannot return to his homeland on pain of life in prison, Corrigan added.
“All three peace fighters followed their conscience and did their duty with love. I’m sure they were afraid … but each of them did something beautiful and majestic in serving others,” Corrigan said in the letter.
Mairead Corrigan received the 1976 Nobel Peace Prize for her work in resolving the conflict in Northern Ireland. Along with Betty Williams, she founded the Community of Peaceful People organization, which sought to end the conflict.
Reporters Without Borders calls on Britain to release Assange immediately.
Reporters Without Borders International (RSF) has called on British authorities to immediately release WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange after a British court refused to authorize his extradition to the United States the day before.
London Central Criminal Court judge Vanessa Baraitser on Monday refused to extradite the US due to concerns about Assange’s mental health and the risk of suicide. Representatives of the American side said they would appeal. The decision to release the founder of WikiLeaks on bail will be made on Wednesday.
“We are very pleased that Julian Assange will not be extradited to the US. At the same time, we are extremely disappointed that the court did not take a firm position in favor of freedom of the press and protection of journalists,” the organization said in a statement. They also noted that “they do not agree with the judge’s assessment that the case was not politically motivated and did not concern journalism and freedom of speech.”
On the same day, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) called on the US authorities to stop trying to extradite the creator of Wikileaks, Julian Assange, and drop all charges against him. “We welcome the decision of the British court to deny the US extradition of Julian Assange. The US’s accusations set a negative legal precedent against journalists worldwide for their interactions with sources. We call on the US Department of Justice to abandon further extradition attempts and drop charges against Assange.” said committee head, Robert Mahoney.
If extradited, Assange will go to prison, where he faces 175 years in prison by a court sentence in absentia.