WikiLeaks and Human Rights
Sydney Town Hall Public Forum, March 16th 2011
On March 16, the Sydney Peace Foundation called a massive public forum in the Sydney Town Hall to break Australia’s silence on four critical issues:
• The denigration of basic liberties, such as freedom of speech and the presumption of innocence.
• The right of Australians to know what their government is doing in secret in their name.
• The plight of courageous Australian citizen Julian Assange, who is threatened with the fate of David Hicks unless we, his fellow citizens, act now.
• The duty of those charged with alerting the public to the truth – journalists, broadcasters, teachers, lawyers, academics – to break their silence and speak up now.
Over two thousand engaged Australians descended on the Sydney Town Hall in an undeniable show of support for WikiLeaks and its founder, Australian-born Julian Assange. Acclaimed journalist, John Pilger; independent Federal MP and whistleblower, Andrew Wilkie; and barrister and human rights advocate, Julian Burnside, addressed the forum that was moderated by Mary Kostakidis.