Läkarupprop: Assanges liv är i fara

Över 100 läkare kräver i en artikel att Wikileaks grundare och chefredaktör Julian Assange skall flyttas från det brittiska högsäkerhetsfängelset Belmarsh till ett lämpligt universitetssjukhus.

Artikeln är publicerad i den medicinska tidskriften The Lancet:

»We condemn the torture of Assange. We condemn the denial of his fundamental right to appropriate health care. We condemn the climate of fear surrounding the provision of health care to him. We condemn the violations of his right to doctor–patient confidentiality. Politics cannot be allowed to interfere with the right to health and the practice of medicine. In the experience of the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, the scale of state interference is without precedent: “In 20 years of work with victims of war, violence and political persecution I have never seen a group of democratic states ganging up to deliberately isolate, demonise and abuse a single individual for such a long time and with so little regard for human dignity and the rule of law.”

We invite fellow doctors to join us as signatories to our letters to add further voice to our calls. Since doctors first began assessing Assange in the Ecuadorian Embassy in 2015, expert medical opinion and doctors’ urgent recommendations have been consistently ignored. Even as the world’s designated authorities on arbitrary detention, torture, and human rights added their calls to doctors’ warnings, governments have sidelined medical authority, medical ethics, and the human right to health. This politicisation of foundational medical principles is of grave concern to us, as it carries implications beyond the case of Assange. Abuse by politically motivated medical neglect sets a dangerous precedent, whereby the medical profession can be manipulated as a political tool, ultimately undermining our profession’s impartiality, commitment to health for all, and obligation to do no harm.«

Speciellt tycks man vara oroade över Assanges psykiska hälsa. Och det är kanske inte att undra över. I sju år befann han sig på det begränsade utrymmet på Ecuadors ambassad i London – delar av tiden under ständig övervakning. Han sitter isolerad i ett brittiskt högsäkerhetsfängelse. Och han riskerar utlämning till USA, där han kan komma att dömas till ett 175-årigt fängelsestraff – på grund av Wikileaks publicistiska verksamhet.

»Our appeals are simple: we are calling upon governments to end the torture of Assange and ensure his access to the best available health care before it is too late.«

The Lancet: End torture and medical neglect of Julian Assange »

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