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“By and large the system functions or so I thought. But when I started scratching the surface of this case, That to me was profoundly shocking: to see how much dirt was coming to the surface”.
Nils Melzer in 2016 was appointed as the Special Rapporteur on Torture for the United nations. In 2019 he assessed that Julian Assange showed all signs of being a victim of psychological torture. Shortly after Melzer started his investigation, Assange was removed from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London and transferred to Belmarsh prison where he remains to this day fighting extradition to the United States.
Bailey Lamon and Rico Brouwer talk to Melzer in this 90 minute interview for a chapter in their own upcoming book; ‘the Whistleblowers Book of Courage’. How can it be that the United Nations rapporteur on torture, appointed by the countries of the world to report on torture is now considered a whistle-blower for just doing his job?
website / links: https://potkaars.nl/blog/2021/6/17/whistle-blower-on-the-case-of-julian-assange-united-nations-rapporteur-on-torture-nils-melzer