Australian politicians, Andrew Wilkie and George Christensen have just arrived in London to visit Julian Assange. After speaking with the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Nils Melzer, Mr Wilkie says they have no doubt that Mr Assange is showing the effects of psychological torture.
On January 21st, Doctors for Assange, an international group of 117 doctors represented by prominent medical professionals, assembled to call for the immediate transfer of Mr Assange to an appropriate medical facility, where an overall assessment of his condition and treatment could be conducted. Since 2015, he has also been suffering from a number of physical complaints, one of which requires an MRI scan, but British authorities have refused to allow him to go to a hospital.
Today Doctors for Assange are calling for doctors around the world to support the group’s formal requests, which have received no response to date from the UK and Australian governments. To become signatories, doctors should send an email to doctorsforAssange@gmail.com, mentioning their name, qualifications, position title and area of expertise.
This is a “full-blown medical emergency”, says one spokesperson for the group, Dr Jill Stein MD. The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture has warned that Julian Assange’s treatment in Belmarsh prison may soon end up costing his life.
“That doctors should have to write open letters to the UK and Australian governments to demand appropriate health care for a victim of torture is beyond belief”. Dr Stephen Frost, signatory, Doctors4Assange.
Source: Consortium News