The Belmarsh Tribunal

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On Friday, 2 October 2020, the Progressive International convened a planetary cast of activists, artists, thinkers, and political representatives to stand with Julian Assange in the fight for truth and justice against extradition to the United States — kicking off a global series of Tribunals on Julian Assange, journalism, imperialism, and freedom of speech.

The event took its inspiration from the Russell-Sartre Tribunal of 1966, when representatives of 18 countries gathered to hold the United States accountable for its war crimes in Vietnam, in the absence of an international authority that dared to do so.

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The Belmarsh Tribunal in Westminster, London.

The Belmarsh Tribunal has two principal objectives. First, to put the United States government on trial for its crimes of the twenty-first century — from atrocities in Iraq to torture at Guantánamo Bay to the CIA‘s illegal surveillance program. Second, to draw attention to the persecution of Julian Assange, who revealed these crimes.

Assange's current extradition case will shape the future of publishing, journalism, speech, and democracy for decades to come. Wikileaks has been an inspiration to social movements around the world. Now it is time for social movements to stand with Assange. Our collective freedom is at stake.

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Inaugural Tribunal


The first sitting of the Belmarsh Tribunal was held online. You can view it in its entirety on our YouTube channel.

London Tribunal


For its second sitting, the Belmarsh Tribunal came to London, where it made the case against Julian Assange's extradition to the United States.

New York City Tribunal


For its third sitting, the Belmarsh Tribunal came to New York City, where it deliberated the legacy of US war crimes, including the torture camp at Guantanamo Bay that remains open to this day.

Washington, DC Tribunal


For its fourth sitting, the Belmarsh Tribunal came to Washington DC, to make a case about the importance of protecting the First Amendment.

Sydney Tribunal


For its fifth sitting, the Belmarsh Tribunal visits Julian Assange's home country, Australia.
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