"If Justice Is Not Always an Outcome, At Least It Is Not Dead Yet," - Julian Assange

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Upon being freed on bail, Julian Assange stood on the steps of the high court in London and acknowledged and thanked all the people around the world, his lawyers, people who provided money, the press and the British justice system. Then, he said, "If Justice Is Not Always an Outcome, At Least It Is Not Dead Yet," Julian Assange has made a remarkable and insightful comment.


How vital is justice? Martin Luther King said, "Justice denied anywhere diminishes justice everywhere." Justice is so vital to humanity, whenever it is denied or ignored anywhere geographically, it diminishes and it affects everywhere. The question of justice affects all of us. When somebody, somewhere is denied justice, it creates a precedence that can be misquoted, and misused to serve injustice to others.

If you scan the world news on denial of justice in many authoritarian countries, you can see a pattern in which kangaroo courts dispense almost the same brand of injustice. For example, ruling elites are always right. Oppositions are always wrong. Military and its use of violence are always right while civilians who get killed and injured are collateral damages. Politicians who shout nationality security are always right even when it is used against freedom of expression. Intelligence services that tortures people in custody have impunity because of political cover-ups. You can be assured that in such countries "justice is dead." And where justice is dead, the people become slaves to be abused (physically, mentally, socially, economically, and politically) by the ruling elite.  And their kangaroo courts will legitimise their abuses.

Among the many ingredients found in justice, fairness is one of the most important components. Justice dispenses fairness to all mankind. In authoritarian systems, fairness is always disregarded or downplayed. The lack of fairness is what promotes corruption in every area of humanity. Fairness is applicable to everybody regardless of status quo. For example, in the matter of American government versus Julian Assange, it is up to the British justice system to  dispense fairness. The question of whether America as a country is a close political ally of UK is irrelevant when it comes to the matter of justice and fairness. Justice and fairness is the same for a country as well as for an individual. That is true justice.

When Julian Assange was given bail despite the vigorous opposition from prosecutors, the point that Mr Justice Ouseley  pointed out was, "…Mr Assange, who is Australian, had offered to meet the police in London when he heard the Swedish matter was still live and he said: That is not the conduct of a person who is seeking to evade justice." Now, that is justice and fairness. The only interest of the prosecutors was to nail Julian Assange without the considerations of points of justice and fairness. If the prosecutors were just and fair, they would not have missed the point mentioned by Mr.  Justice Ouseley and they would not have opposed the granting of bail to Julian Assange. This is a clear demonstration of how justice and fairness affects everybody. Injustice distorts the ability to see things clearly resulting in unfair decisions and behaviours.

If the prosecutors in UK can miss out points of justice and fairness in matters such as the granting of bail to Julian Assange, how much more distorted will be the perceptions of American and Swedish prosecutors who have to obey their political masters. When prosecutors ignore points of justice in the process of prosecution, they end up becoming persecutors for injustice (Prosecution minus Justice = Persecution). The manner in which Julian Assange have been demonized by the American government and certain of its leaders, it is a clear indication that Julian Assange cannot expect justice in America. For demonizing a person publicly is already an act of injustice.

If Justice Is Not Always an Outcome

Many of us would have hoped that the British government would not have jump on the American political bandwagon against Julian Assange but would have been more just and fair. But the might of America and its alliance seems to be more convincing to the UK government than justice and fairness. Winston Churchill once said that, "The whole history of the world is summed up in the fact that, when nations are strong, they are not always just, and when they wish to be just, they are no longer strong." How true it is? Is mighty America still just and fair? Does its flexing of its political muscles on a single individual (Julian Assange) who represents freedom of expression talk anything about justice and fairness?

But justice is not always an outcome, as seen by the reactions of the British government towards Julian Assange who surrender voluntarily. So it needs the British justice system to provide a balance to the imbalance of political group thinking. UK as an ally wants to please its American political partner. But is it at the cost of justice and fairness? Do political alliances override justice and fairness? So, though many of us in the world would have hoped the British government to be more just and fair to Julian Assange, it did not turn out to be so. The dispensing of justice and fairness is now left to the British justice system which so far seems to be independent of political influence.

Justice, At Least It Is Not Dead Yet 

In reflecting the words of Martin Luther, we can safely say that each justice dispensed would increase justice everywhere. Granting of bail to Julian Assange by Mr. Justice Ouseley shows that justice is not yet dead in UK. But I have my doubts about America, where its Senator can call for Julian Assange to be hunted down by Special Forces.  It's like wishing to use an elephant to kill an ant.  But, maybe, there is still hope for the rest of justice to prevail in UK above the criteria of politics, political powers and political alliances. When a judiciary system portrays its independence and stands for justice above political criterias, it shows that justice is alive in that country. And its citizens can hope to remain free from political slavery.



Article Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-12005930


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This article was published on 2010/12/20
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