Amnesty renews call on US govt to free Manning
July 30, 2014 Amnesty International
One year after
Chelsea Manning’s conviction, Amnesty International is still calling
on the US government to grant her clemency. Amnesty demands that
Chelsea be freed immediately, and for the US government to,
“implement a thorough and impartial investigation into the crimes
she uncovered.” Read the full statement from Amnesty International
below or click
here to view it on amnesty.org:
Exactly one year after Chelsea Manning was convicted of leaking
classified government material, Amnesty
International is renewing its call on the US authorities
Chelsea Manning has spent the last year as a convicted criminal after exposing information which included evidence of potential human rights violations and breaches of international law. By disseminating classified information via Wikileaks she revealed to the world abuses perpetrated by the US army, military contractors and Iraqiand Afghan troops operating alongside US forces.
“It is an absolute outrage that Chelsea Manning is
currently languishing behind bars whilst those she helped to expose,
who are potentially guilty of human rights violations,
“The US government must grant Chelsea Manning clemency, order her immediate release, and implement a thorough and impartial investigation into the crimes she uncovered.”
After being convicted of 20 separate charges Chelsea Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison, much longer than other members of the military convicted of charges such as murder, rape and war crimes.
Before her conviction, Chelsea Manning had already
been held for three years in pre-trial detention, including
“The US government appears to have its priorities warped. It is sending a worrying message through its harsh punishment of Chelsea Manning that whistleblowers will not be tolerated. On the other hand, its failure to investigate allegations that arose from Chelsea Manning’s disclosures means that those potentially responsible for crimes under international law, including torture and enforced disappearances, may get away scot-free,” said Erika Guevara.
“One year after the conviction of Chelsea Manning we are still calling on the US government to grant her clemency in recognition of her motives for acting as she did, and the time she has already served in prison.”
Amnesty International has previously
expressed concern that a sentence of 35 years in jail was excessive
and should have been commuted to time served.
In addition, there is little protection in US
law for genuine whistleblowers, and this case underlines the need
for the US to strengthen protections for those who reveal
information that the public has the right to know. It is crucial
that the US government stops using the Espionage Act to prosecute
whistleblowers like Chelsea Manning.