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Independent UN expert calls for Julian Assange’s release, cites prison’s COVID outbreak

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“Mr. Assange is not a criminal convict and poses no threat to anyone, so his prolonged solitary confinement in a high security prison is neither necessary nor proportionate and clearly lacks any legal basis”, said Nils Melzer, UN Special Rapporteur on torture.

The WikiLeaks founder has been detained since 2010 after his site published classified diplomatic information. A decision on extradition to the US is expected early in the new year.

Inhumane punishment

The UN expert made the call amidst reports that 65 of some 160 Belmarsh inmates have contracted the coronavirus, including a number in the wing where Mr. Assange is being held.

Painting a picture of progressively severe suffering inflicted on Mr. Assange from his prolonged solitary confinement, the Special Rapporteur upheld that it not only amounts to arbitrary detention, but also to torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

Moreover, given his pre-existing medical condition, Mr. Melzer expressed particular concern about COVID-19 exposure.

“Prison decongestion measures seen around the world in response to COVID-19 should be extended to all inmates whose imprisonment is not absolutely necessary”, the Special Rapporteur said. “First and foremost, alternative non-custodial measures should be extended to those with specific vulnerabilities, such as Mr. Assange, who suffers from a pre-existing respiratory health condition”.

A history of deprivation

In an opinion rendered in December 2015, the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention found that since his arrest on 7 December 2010, Mr. Assange had been subjected to various forms of arbitrary deprivation of liberty, including 10 days in London’s Wandsworth prison; 550 days of house arrest; and almost seven years of self-confinement in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, under threat of arrest if he left the building.

Moreover, since April 2019, Mr. Assange has been held in near total isolation at Belmarsh.

“The British authorities initially detained Mr. Assange on the basis of an arrest warrant issued by Sweden in connection with allegations of sexual misconduct that have since been formally dropped due to lack of evidence”, said Mr. Melzer.

“Today, he is detained for exclusively preventative purposes, to ensure his presence during the ongoing US extradition trial, a proceeding which may well last several years”.

A call for freedom

Against the backdrop of significant risks associated with his continued imprisonment and concerns over his treatment and conditions of detention, the UN expert reiterated previous appeals that Mr. Assange be immediately released or placed under guarded house arrest.

“Mr. Assange’s rights have been severely violated for more than a decade”, asserted the Special Rapporteur. “He must now be allowed to live a normal family, social and professional life, to recover his health and to adequately prepare his defence against the US extradition request pending against him”.

The expert also reiterated his call to the British authorities not to extradite him to the US due to serious human rights concerns.

Special Rapporteurs are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a specific human rights theme or a country situation. The experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work.

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‘Normal bodies rule!’ Loose Women’s Stacey Solomon praised for showing ‘real’ bikini snap

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Stacey Solomon has been giving us serious holiday envy at the moment.
While we look out at grey skies, the Loose Women lady has been relaxing in sunny Gran Canaria with boys Zachary, nine, and Leighton, five.

And despite having a load of fun with her kids, Stacey has taken some time out to share an inspiring photograph with her Instagram followers.

In the bikini snap, the 28-year-old can be seen posing in a black zip bikini top paired with some adorable red Mickey Mouse print bottoms.

With her blonde hair styled in a braid, the mum-of-two looks happier than ever as she gives the camera a massive grin while Zach pouts and little Leyton smiles from the pool.

“Normal bodies rule!” Stace wrote next to the snap.

Before adding: “Happy Monday…if you need some realistic motivation #Nofilter #PerfectlyImperfect #W..

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Stacey Solomon has been giving us serious holiday envy at the moment.

While we look out at grey skies, the Loose Women lady has been relaxing in sunny Gran Canaria with boys Zachary, nine, and Leighton, five.

And despite having a load of fun with her kids, Stacey has taken some time out to share an inspiring photograph with her Instagram followers.

In the bikini snap, the 28-year-old can be seen posing in a black zip bikini top paired with some adorable red Mickey Mouse print bottoms.

With her blonde hair styled in a braid, the mum-of-two looks happier than ever as she gives the camera a massive grin while Zach pouts and little Leyton smiles from the pool.

“Normal bodies rule!” Stace wrote next to the snap.

Before adding: “Happy Monday…if you need some realistic motivation #Nofilter #PerfectlyImperfect #WeAreBeautuful #mondaymotivation”.

Normal bodies rule! Happy Monday… if you need some realistic motivation ?? #Nofilter #PerfectlyImperfect #WeAreBeautuful #mondaymotivation

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And obviously the telly star’s 873k followers were quick to share their support, as one commented: “Thank goodness for you @staceysolomon we should all be proud of our bodies #Nofilter #WeAreBeautiful”.

“Stacey you are an amazing, refreshing beautiful lady who I recon looks the PERFECT healthy size. Gorgeous photo”, said another.

While a third added: “Thank you for making me feel normal in this perfect world”.

Stace’s motivational message comes after she shared another adorable shot with her young boys last week, saying she felt ‘so grateful’ to be spending some much needed down time as a family.

When you just can’t stop staring at them ?? My life… Having the most wonderful time spending quality time with these two. They make me laugh so much and I want to smother them with love every second of the day… and I do much to their dismay ?? whilst here I’ve been writing and my second column in Fabulous Mag is up today the links in my bio if you fancy a read ?? lots of love to you all, I’m so grateful ??

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“When you just can’t stop staring at them”, she wrote.

“My life… Having the most wonderful time spending quality time with these two. They make me laugh so much and I want to smother them with love every second of the day… and I do much to their dismay.”

The presenter – who’s dating fellow star Joe Swash – then added: “Lots of love to you all, I’m so grateful”.

Have an amazing time, Stace!

Taken from our sister site, CelebsNow.

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Nadia Sawalha reveals she was left ‘crying on the scales’ after weight loss for workout DVD

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Loose Women star Nadia Sawalha has opened up about her own fitness DVD in the wake of celebrity work out DVDs coming under fire after reports Scarlett Moffatt ‘mislead’ fans over her workout regime.

Nadia, 53, wanted to give her take on the DVDs as she made her own workout DVD in 2010 called From Fat to Fab and managed to lose three and a half stone and she wanted to put the record straight to fans on social media.

In a video blog uploaded to her profile, Nadia explained, “So in 2010 I did a fitness DVD ‘From Fat to Fab’. I did it with a great company, Universal Pictures, who did not force me to go to a fat camp, who did not force me to take slimming pills, like some others do. I did it the right way. I went on a diet.”

“I did loads of exercise but oh my goodness, you have to eat very, very little. Really. And you have to work very, ..

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Loose Women star Nadia Sawalha has opened up about her own fitness DVD in the wake of celebrity work out DVDs coming under fire after reports Scarlett Moffatt ‘mislead’ fans over her workout regime.

Nadia, 53, wanted to give her take on the DVDs as she made her own workout DVD in 2010 called From Fat to Fab and managed to lose three and a half stone and she wanted to put the record straight to fans on social media.

In a video blog uploaded to her profile, Nadia explained, “So in 2010 I did a fitness DVD ‘From Fat to Fab’. I did it with a great company, Universal Pictures, who did not force me to go to a fat camp, who did not force me to take slimming pills, like some others do. I did it the right way. I went on a diet.”

“I did loads of exercise but oh my goodness, you have to eat very, very little. Really. And you have to work very, very hard to get the kind of results I did, I lost like four stone.”

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But as with any diet, the process is not easy and for Nadia, like some of the younger celebrities who have released fitness DVDs, she wasn’t happy doing it.

She said, “So it was a healthy diet, but no alcohol, no sugar, very little carbs, I was miserable, I was actually miserable when I was doing it. A lot of my family and friends said I completely changed my personality. I think that was because I just had to be so focused on not eating and working out really hard. On the day that I filmed the DVD I had to stand on scales in front of everybody. I was crying in the toilets because I thought “I’m going to be so fat, I’m going to be so fat. I’m not going to be the right weight.” I was the right weight, I was nine stone six is what my contract has asked me to be and then I went in the toilets and cried again because even though I’d seen that number I couldn’t believe I was slim enough to jump around in front of the camera.

Nadia continued: “Don’t get me wrong, it was the incredible feeling putting those size 8-10 jeans. It was extraordinary, but guess what? It wasn’t the holy grail I’d imagined it to be. I’d always thought that once I was a size 10 my whole life was going to be perfect. It was not. I was unable to do all the things I love! I was unable to just hang out with my friends sometimes and order a curry. I couldn’t go down the pub and maybe have two gin and tonics and half a bottle of wine.

She admitted that whilst on the diet and fitness regime she couldn’t do those things that sometimes “you just want to do” and continued, “I would have had to have been focussed and obsessed with everything I ate and how many times I went to the gym for the rest of my life to stay a size 10. There’s been a lot apparently in the papers today, I haven’t looked but my friends have told me, saying that I’m fatter than I was and you know a bit of body shaming going on but I am, I am bigger than I was, but I’m really happy with it.’

Nadia revealed she’s a size 12 to 14 and added, “Yeah I could lose a few pounds, but I’m not going to get heart disease or diabetes from being fat which I could have done so I’m now a healthy weight and for me it’s all about being healthy and not about my dress size. I’m really happy with the way that I look and I’m really happy I did my DVD because it taught me being a size 10 isn’t everything.”

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Coleen Nolan: ‘I’ve been having panic attacks about stripping off for charity’

Loose Women star Coleen Nolan is soon set to take on one of the biggest challenges of her life – baring all in the name of charity.
The 58-year old – who recently split from her hubby Ray Fensome, is taking part in the all-female, Real Full Monty, which will see her and other celebs strip off.

But it seems the presenter’s latest undertaking hasn’t been without its concerns – as Coleen admits that she’s been having panic attacks about baring her body.

Speaking to the Mirror, Coleen confessed that last-minute nerves have also left her questioning whether she can actually complete the task – which is being filmed for an ITV show.

She admitted, “I just don’t know if I can do it. I’m having nightmares about the feathers.

“I’ve been lying in bed at night and I’ve had panic attacks.”

However, it looks as though Coleen is determined to brave the challenge and get her kit off, no matter how frightened she is.

“If I don’t do the reveal I’ll let everyone down,

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Loose Women star Coleen Nolan is soon set to take on one of the biggest challenges of her life – baring all in the name of charity.

The 58-year old – who recently split from her hubby Ray Fensome, is taking part in the all-female, Real Full Monty, which will see her and other celebs strip off.

But it seems the presenter’s latest undertaking hasn’t been without its concerns – as Coleen admits that she’s been having panic attacks about baring her body.

Speaking to the Mirror, Coleen confessed that last-minute nerves have also left her questioning whether she can actually complete the task – which is being filmed for an ITV show.

She admitted, “I just don’t know if I can do it. I’m having nightmares about the feathers.

“I’ve been lying in bed at night and I’ve had panic attacks.”

However, it looks as though Coleen is determined to brave the challenge and get her kit off, no matter how frightened she is.

“If I don’t do the reveal I’ll let everyone down,

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“It doesn’t matter if I’m shy. I have had to really change my mind-set many times so far.” That’s the spirit!

Coleen will be joined by a host of other famous faces for the naked challenge, including BBC presenter Victoria Derbyshire, comedian Helen Lederer, and singer Michelle Heaton. But according to Coleen, the celebs are determined to get the challenge done in order to raise awareness of breast cancer.

Of course, cancer is something that has touched Coleen’s life in a big way. Her little sister Bernie passed away from the disease in 2013, at just 52. And now, Linda Nolan is also living with secondary breast cancer – which they have been told is incurable.

The lead-up to the final reveal is being filmed for the ITV show. And during one day, Linda even joined her sister in an emotional share of support.

Coleen revealed, “Linda came to see us on one of the filming days”

“She got really emotional when she saw us. She was saying, ‘I want you to know I’m so proud of you all and you should be proud of yourselves.’

The 58-year-old concluded, “Hopefully this show will wake people up to the possibility of breast cancer and realise they need to check themselves.”

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