At midday on Friday 5 February, 2016 Julian Assange, John Jones QC, Melinda Taylor, Jennifer Robinson and Baltasar Garzon will be speaking at a press conference at the Frontline Club on the decision made by the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention on the Assange case.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

May 10 - Australian Human Rights Award for Julian Assange

Australian Human Rights Award for Julian Assange

The Sydney Peace Foundation’s gold medal will be awarded on 10th May in London to Julian Assange ‘for exceptional courage in pursuit of human rights.’


The 
Sydney Peace Medal acknowledges Assange’s courage and determination to increase the capacity of citizens all over the world to engage with democratic principles, emphasizing that truth is integral in any quest for justice.

This award is made in recognition of the need for greater transparency and accountability of governments. Director of the Sydney Peace Foundation and founding Director of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Sydney, Professor Stuart Rees, says:


“By challenging centuries old practices of government secrecy and by championing people’s right to know, WikiLeaks and Julian Assange have created the potential for a new order in journalism and in the free flow of information. Instead of demonizing an Australian citizen who has broken no law, the Australian Government must stop shoring up Washington’s efforts to behave like a totalitarian state. The treatment of alleged whistleblower Bradley Manning confirms a US administration at odds with their commitment to universal human rights and intent on militaristic bullying.”


The award of the Sydney Peace Medal will be made by the highly respected veteran Australian broadcaster, member of the Australian Human Rights committee of inquiry, and former Chair of the Sydney Peace Foundation, Mary Kostakidis.


The Sydney Peace Foundation is supported by the City of Sydney.


For further information contact Melissa McCullough


Media and Publicity Officer

peace.foundation@sydney.edu.au
+61 432861653


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In May, together with the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, we hosted Professor Bisharat, a lawyer with degrees in anthropology and Middle East studies, who is a professor at.Hastings College of the Law at the University of California. 

Professor Bisharat spoke to a crowded seminar about the growing international movement in support of boycotts, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) that seeks to compel Israel to comply with international law. He argued that BDS represents a non-violent, morally defensible, and effective strategy for positive change. He dealt with ethical questions surrounding the academic and cultural aspects of the boycott movement.
Also on the Middle East issue Foundation members joined a candle lit event organised by the Friends of Hebron and held in the inner Sydney suburb of Leichhardt.

Together with SPF Executive Officer Hannah Middleton and her husband Denis Doherty I distributed leaflets supporting the rights of the people of Hebron to move freely and safely around their city, free from harassment by members of several small Jewish enclaves in the middle of the city.
 
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