Support Assange & WikiLeaks Coalition

About SAWC

The Support Assange and WikiLeaks Coalition formed in 2011 to oppose the political persecution of Julian Assange and the attempts to shut down WikiLeaks.

SAWC is a non-partisan, inclusive group. We welcome anyone who shares our aims to join us:

We believe:

  •  The work of WikiLeaks is essential to counteract excessive government and corporate secrecy that often hides injustice and corruption. The failure of the mainstream media to adequately and truthfully inform the public of world events places even more importance on the role WikiLeaks plays in the struggle for truth, justice and democracy.
  • The journalistic activities of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks break no laws and they should be free to operate without censorship or recrimination.
  • The US government should end its criminal investigation of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks and end the monitoring and harassment of WikiLeaks staff and others associated with the organisation.
  • The Australian government should act to prevent the US government from prosecuting Australian citizen, Assange, and defend him from threats made against his life.
  • Julian Assange should be able to answer the sexual assault allegations against him without fear of being extradited to the United States on politically motivated charges.
  •  Big financial services companies, Bank of America, VISA, MasterCard, PayPal and Western Union should end their arbitrary, unlawful financial blockade of WikiLeaks.

SAWC supports Julian Assange’s right to stand for election but SAWC is not affiliated to, and has no other formal relationship with, the WikiLeaks Party, nor any other political party.

Individual SAWC members are free to join and hold office in a political party if they choose to do so, where they may seek support for Julian Assange’s case or for WikiLeaks as they see fit.

SAWC raises funds to cover its own costs and to make donations from time to time to Julian Assange’s legal defence fund or to the WikiLeaks publishing site.

We organise regular actions, such as rallies and forums, to raise awareness and put pressure on the Australian government to act on behalf of Julian Assange.

We meet fortnightly on Wednesdays at 6 pm at UTSBroadway, in the Tower Building 1 foyer. Contact us to find out the date of our next meeting.

See Frequently Asked Questions for more information about Julian Assange and WikiLeaks.

New Twitter Campaign for raising the Julian #Assange case in Parliament during #EAW Debate #19Nov2014

Raising awareness of the Julian Assange case during the EAW debates in Britain.    By greekemmy  Nov 13 2014

A great number of WLsup took part in an on line campaign to raise the case of Julian Assange in Parliament for Monday’s debate, first by writing letters to their MPs, then taking the information campaign on Twitter were all MPs with twitter accounts registered in http://www.twitminster.co.uk were contacted with information about JA’s legal plight with a request to raise it in Parliament Monday the 10th of November.

But the European Arrest Warrant Debate that was promised was not to be, read here how it descended into shambles, or here that the farce reveals the disgusting way in which Britain is governed. Still, our issue remains.

Labour, however, has said it will use an opposition day debate on 19 November to discuss and vote signing back up to the European Arrest Warrant. This is a new Opportunity to re-new our awareness campaign.

Despite the overwhelming political support for the EAW among UK political parties, we still have the opportunity to point out that #EAW is open to abuse and this has led to the violation of Julian Assange’s Human Rights. He has no Member of Parliament to represent his interests in the House, despite his case being one of the more contentious instances of the warrant’s use. He is also an Australian abandoned by his government. So let’s do our best in bringing attention to the violation of his rights, by making people aware in Twitter at the relevant hashtags #EAW #EUpol #UKpol #EUArrestWarrant

Human Rights Abuses:

EAW Abuse in the Assange case

EAW and Assange, recent Media Coverage:

Assange and the European Arrest Warrant http://www.lrb.co.uk/blog/2014/11/11/bernard-porter/assange-and-the-european-arrest-warrant/

UK parliament backs anti-democratic European Arrest Warrant http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/13/arre-n13.html

A Defiant Ecuador Seeks Solutions in Assange Case http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/08/25/a-defiant-ecuador-seeks-solutions-in-assange-case/

Current status of the ongoing Swedish Warrant Appeal:

Assange’s Legal Team in Sweden have challenged the Swedish Arrest Warrant in the summer and they are currently pursuing a case in the Swedish Appeal Court to have the local warrant rescinded. We should have news by Friday November 21st.

Our Campaign Resources

Links:

1]. The Economic and Moral Cost of Julian Assange’s detainment http://govwaste.co.uk

2]. The UK gov would welcome a visit from the Swedish Prosecutor to question him in London: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2fDO69dSEQ

3]. Frequently Asked questions: https://freeassangenow.org

4]. Write to your MP asking them to raise the issue in Parliament: http://wiseupaction.info/2014/11/06/open-letter-to-uk-mps-julian-assange-and-the-parliamentary-debate-on-the-european-arrest-warrant-monday-10th-november-2014/

5]. “the new clause will ensure that, where a decision to charge and try is not taken, extradition cannot take place” http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201314/cmpublic/antisocialbehaviour/130716/am/130716s01.htm

Graphics (about 23 twitter characters):

Use fragment screenshots of this infographic to attach image to your tweet: http://wp.me/p2MRYW-EC

Example Tweets < 140 characters:

Stop the #EUArrestWarrant abuse in #Assange case, raise issue in Parliament #19Nov2014 #EAW Debate https://freeassangenow.org

Julian #Assange never been charged, #EAW amendment says where a decision to charge and try is not taken, extradition cannot take place.

End the legal limbo now. Question Julian #Assange in London https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2fDO69dSEQ

Stop http://govwaste.co.uk stop Julian #Assange’s  four year pre-trial detainment, question him in London https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2fDO69dSEQ

Baroness Helena Kennedy on #EAW. abuse in #Assange case https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ImXe_EQhUI
More: http://freeassangenow.org

British Ruling on #Assange #EAW Sets Alarming Precedent for Judicial Independence in Europe https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ImXe_EQhUI #EUArrestWarrant

Shami Chakrabarti’s #EAW article in @Guardian is oddly being censored of comments re #ASSANGE plight http://tinyurl.com/nlh3z53 #UKPolitics

Chelsea Manning at Sydney Mardi Gras 1st March 2014

Saturday 1st of March 2014 SAWC’s float for Chelsea Manning was up the front in with the ‘protocol floats’

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Watch the video here

WikiLeaks Second release of secret Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement documents

9 December 2013, WikiLeaks has released two more secret#TPP documents that show the state of negotiations as the twelve TPP countries began supposedly final negotiations at a trade ministers’ meeting in Singapore this week. http://wikileaks.org/Second-release-of-secret-Trans.html?update