UN Working Group: hold WikiLeaks founder is unjustified

Feb

6

2016

A working group of the United Nations has determined that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is unjustly held in the Embassy of Ecuador in London. He should be able to roam freely and may claim damages.

That requires the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, or WGAD, in a report published Friday. It is according to the report wrongly “held” by the governments of Sweden and the United Kingdom.

Both the Swedish and British authorities do not agree with the decision of the Working Group to allow spokespersons Reuters know . They deny that they have robbed Assange his freedom because he voluntarily entered the embassy. The British government will immediately arrest Assange if he leaves the embassy.

The working group was not unanimous with Assange’s claim that he was unjustly deprived of his liberty. Three of the five members of the group said they were well agree one abstained and did not agree with the opinion of the WikiLeaks figurehead.

Assange sought refuge in the embassy in 2012 to avoid being arrested in connection with a lawsuit in Sweden. He is there suspect in a sexual assault case and is afraid extradited from Sweden to the United States to be due to the publication of the infamous Collateral Murder video, and the Cablegate documents. The American soldier who released the documents, Chelsea Manning, had previously imposed 35 years in prison.

The case of Assange has been running, he was arrested since mid 2010. On December 7, 2010 and ten days held in isolation. He then had 550 days of house arrest in the UK. In the UK, he applied for asylum in the Embassy of Ecuador where he has not gone out since August 2012.

The UN WGAD was founded in 1991 to determine whether detention is lawful. The group consists of independent human rights experts who examine arbitrary detention. They rule on the question in a non-binding opinion or international law is violated. The group spoke among other things against the imprisonment of the popular politician in Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi.

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