by Gareth Porter, Consortium News:
CN Live! will webcast an event in Sydney featuring doctors who’ve petitioned the UK & Australia to provide urgent medical care for Julian Assange.
On Nov. 22 more than 100 doctors petitioned British Home Secretary Priti Patel to allow imprisoned WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange to be transferred to a university hospital to receive urgent medical care. The letter has so far been unanswered. On Dec.4 the doctors wrote again, this time to Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice the Rt Hon Robert Buckland QC.
“We reiterate our grave concern that Mr Assange could die of deliberate medical negligence in a British prison and demand an urgent response from the UK Government,” the doctors wrote. “In our open letter, we urged the UK Government to change course immediately and transfer Mr Assange from Belmarsh Prison to a university teaching hospital for appropriate expert medical assessment and care. So far, we have received no substantive reply from the UK Government, nor has receipt of our letter been acknowledged.
“In our opinion, the UK Government’s conduct in this matter is irresponsible, incompatible with medical ethics and unworthy of a democratic society bound by the rule of law,” the doctors said. On Dec. 16 the doctors wrote to the Australian foreign minister urging that Assange’s government intervene.
Tonight doctors in Bolivia, Britain, the U.S. and Australia will take part in an event in Sydney to make their mounting concerns further known.
You can watch it here on Consortium News: