ECUADOR REITERATES ITS SUPPORT TO JULIAN ASSANGE
21 de Junio de 2016 - 11h09
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The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Human Mobility, Guillaume Long, held a meeting this 19th June with Julian Assange, on his fourth year of asylum in the Embassy of Ecuador in London.
The Ecuadorian Minister remembered the situation in which Assange requested asylum “fearing for his life, his physical integrity, his freedom. He felt that he was confronting a persecution due to his journalistic work that exposed terrible crimes, serious violations of human rights.”
Long reaffirmed that Ecuador is committed to protecting and promoting human rights. “At a time when governments evade their responsibility and refuse to take in people fleeing from political persecution and war, Ecuador adopts an effective, principled, foreign policy”.
“Four years have passed since the 19th of June 2012. Today, as then, we defend our decision of granting asylum to Julian Assange because the conditions that obliged him to make the request have not vanished. Despite the multiple efforts of Ecuador as negotiator in good faith to reach a solution that benefits all parties, Sweden and the United Kingdom have refused to commit not to extradite Julian Assange to a third country”, stated.
Recently, the United Nations determined that Julian Assange is arbitrarily detained. “He is confined to a small building, his health is deteriorating significantly. Sweden and the United Kingdom have appealed many times to other countries to comply with the decisions and resolutions similar to those of the United Nations on arbitrary detention. An even so, in this case both countries have decided to ignore these decision”, expressed Long.
“The Government of Ecuador believes in a foreign policy based in principles that generates fundamental changes. Julian Assange, Chelsea Manning, Edward Snowden and many others have made an essential contribution. Not only have they expose to the general public terrible crimes against humanity, as well as serious violations of the human rights, they open a very important global debate: how power imbalances affect how information is generated, distributed and controlled and how this has an impact on the lives of us all “.
After four years, Ecuador reiterates its commitment to protect Julian Assange, maintaining in consideration his asylum and, at the same time, dedicating its efforts to end the arbitrary detention to which he is subjected. “Four years is too long. It is time to put an end to this situation”, concluded the Minister.
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