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US/UK: US "Assurances" leave Julian Assange at risk of ill-treatment if extradited from UK

, Index number: EUR 45/4450/2021

Diplomatic assurances offered by the US authorities to the UK government in Julian Assange’s ongoing extradition process will leave him at risk of ill-treatment if extradited and should be rejected, according to Amnesty International. In court documents made public in July 2021, the US offered written assurances to the UK that Julian Assange would not be detained in a maximum-security prison facility (ADX) and not be subjected to “special administrative measures (SAMs)”, which can include prolonged solitary confinement, if he is extradited to the US. Amnesty International reiterates its calls on the US government to drop the charges against Julian Assange and on the UK authorities to halt his extradition and release him immediately.

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