Professors, Nobel Prize laureates, Pulitzer Prize winner, demand freedom of Julian Assange

SWEDHR Research & Reports. Vol 2., N° 51, 24 August 2016Over 60 pofessors, Nobel Prize laureates, Pulitwer Prize winner, demand Assange's freedom

The names in the original list were included in a statement delivered before the 31st United Nations Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva, 500 human rights organizations, law professors, former UN office holders, and high-profile rights defenders including four Nobel Peace Prize laureats and a Pulitzer Prize winner, have urged the governments of Sweden and the United Kingdom to respect the United Nations’ decision to free Julian Assange. The statement was delivered to the Swedish and UK Permanent Representatives to the United Nations in Geneva.

The document delivered to the Swedish and UK representatives stated:

“We the undersigned, including legal and human rights organisations, academics, and policymakers condemn the reactions of the governments of Sweden and the United Kingdom to the finding by the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention that Julian Assange is arbitrarily detained.

The governments of Sweden and the United Kingdom are setting a dangerous precedent that undermines the United Nations Human Rights system as a whole. We urge Sweden and the United Kingdom to respect the binding nature of the human rights covenants on which the decision is based, including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights; as well as the independence, integrity and authority of the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights and the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention.

We therefore call on the governments of Sweden and the United Kingdom to comply without further delay with the Working Group’s findings and “ensure the right of free movement of Mr. Assange and accord him an enforceable right to compensation, in accordance with article 9(5) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.”

The list of professors and Nobel Prize laureates signatories of the statement:

[This list will be kept under periodical update]

Professor Manuel Alcántara Sáez, Professors of Politics, Spain

Professor Mads Andenas, Former UN Special Rapporteur on Arbitrary Detention, Norway

Professor Dr. Renata Aquino Ribeiro, Universidade Federal do Ceará, Brazil

Professor Atilio A. Boron, Political scientist, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina

Professor Jean Bricmont, Academic, University of Louvain (UCL), Belgium

Professor Tom Bäckström, Academic, University Friedrich-Alexander (Erlangen-Nürnberg), Germany

Professor Alicia Cebada-Romero, Professor of International Criminal Law at Universidad , Spain

Professor Noam Chomsky, Academic, MIT, US

Professor John Cooper, Academic, Bucknell University, US

Professor Willem de Lint, Professor in Criminal Justice, Flinders University, Australia

Professor Willem de Lint, Professor in Criminal Justice, Flinders University, Australia

Professor Olivier de Schutter, Former UN Special Rapporteur, University of Louvain (UCL), Belgium

Professor Radhika Desai, Academic, Author, University of Manitoba, Canada

Professor Mirta Díaz-Balart, Academic, UCM, Spain

Professor Hedvig Ekerwald, Academic, Uppsala University, Sweden

Professor Aant Elzinga, Academic, Gothenburg University, Sweden

Professor Mireille Fanon-Mendes, Academic and Activist, University Paris V-Descartes, France

Professor Med. dr. Marcello Ferrada de Noli, Chairman Swedish Doctors for Human Rights, Sweden

Professor Marianne Franklin, Chair of the Global Internet Governance Academic Network, University of London, UK

Professor H. Bruce Franklin, Cultural Historian and Scholar, Rutgers University, US

Professor Johan Galtung, Professor of Peace Studies, Norway

Professor Jayati Ghosh, Economist, Jawaharlal Nehru University New Delhi, India

Professor Gerard Goggin, Professor of Media & Communications, Sydney University, Australia

Professor Mary Heath, Associate Professor of Law, Flinders University, Australia

Professor Edward S. Herman, Academic, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, US

Professor Wang Hui, Intellectual, China

Professor Venko Kanev, Academic, University of Rouen, France

Professor Vrasidas Karalis, Chair of Department Sydney University, Australia

Professor Priscilla Karant, Academic, New York University, US

Professor John Keane, Professor of Politics, Sydney University, Australia

Professor John King, Emeritus Professor, Warwick University, UK

Prof. Michael Lebowitz, Emeritus Professor of Economics, Canada

Prof. Geert Lovink, Research Professor, Institute of Network Cultures, Netherlands

Professor Rick Luttmann, Academic, Sonoma, US

Associate Professor Jake Lynch, Sydney University, Australia

Professor Mahmoud Mamdani, Herbert Lehman Professor of Government Columbia University, Uganda

Professor Robert Manne, Emeritus Professor of Politics and Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow, La Trobe University, Australia

Professor Michael Mansfield QC, Barrister, Legal Scholar, City University, UK

Professor Aitor Martínez-Jiménez, Professor of Public International Law and International Criminal Law , Spain

Professor Patrick McCurdy, Associate Professor in Communications, University of Ottawa, Canada

Professor Michel Mujica, Academic and Diplomat, Ecuador

Professor Manuel Ollé Sese, Professor of International Criminal Law , Spain

Philip Pettit, Rockefeller University Professor of Politics and Human Values at Princeton University, US

Professor Rafael Pla-Lopez, Academic, University of Valencia, Spain

Professor Balakrishnan Rajagopal, Founding Director of the Program on Human Rights and Justice at MIT., Professor of Law, US

Professor Ignacio Ramonet, Academic, France

Professor Robert Reed, Academic, Boston College, US

Professor Stuart Rees , Emeritus Professor, University of Sydney, Australia

Professor Med. dr. Anders Romelsjö, Vice chairman Swedish Doctors for Human Rights, Sweden

Professor Héctor Salazar Zapatero, Academic, Hiperderecho, Peru

Professor Saskia Sassen, Sociologist, Columbia University, US

Professor Richard Sennett, London school of Economics & New York University, UK

Professor Jean-Marc Sorel, Professor of International Law, University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France

Professor Robert Sparrow, Research Fellow, Monash University, Australia

Professor Joan Subirats, Academic, Universidad Autónoma Barcelona, Spain

Brita Sundberg-Weitman, Former Chief Judge and Associate Professor of Public International Law, Sweden

Professor Emeritus Michael Edward Tigar, Duke Law School and Washington College of Law, US

Professor Manuel Villoria-Mendieta, Director of Government Administration and Public Policy, Institute Ortega y Gasset, Spain

Professor Ben Wagner, Sociologist, Germany

Professor Joel Weisberg, Academic, Carleton College, US

Professor Stephen Yellin, Academic, Stanford University, US

Professor Spencer Zifcak, Professor of Law, Australia

Nobel Prize winners

Shirin Ebadi, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, former judge, lawyer, Iran

Tawakkol Karman, Politician, Journalist, Nobel Peace Laureate 2011, Yemen

Mairead Maguire, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Co-founder Women for Peace, Northern Ireland

Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Argentina

Pulitzer Prize winner

Laura Poitras, 2014 Pulitzer Prize winner, Academy Award for Best Documentary 2014, US

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