On This Day — UN Panel : “Julian Assange Is Arbitrarily Detained” (February 5 2016) [2019]

“The UN working group on arbitrary detention has concluded that Mr Assange is arbitrarily detained. The working group’s view differs from that of the Swedish authorities. We will forward a reply to the working group tomorrow. It will be more clear tomorrow why we reject the working group’s conclusions.”

Anna Ekberg — Spokesperson for the Swedish Foreign Ministry

“The process has been going on for 18 months, the UK government has made submissions to the working group so it has accepted its authority. What signal does it send that the UK and Sweden would ignore this UN body? It would completely destroy its authority. Are they willing to set that precedent? Egypt has not accepted its findings with regard to the detention of its former president [Mohammed Morsi] – is that the standard the UK wants to hold?”

WikiLeaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson

On Friday February 5 2016, a UN panel published its findings which concluded that Julian Assange was “arbitrarily detained” by the UK. Assange was granted asylum by Ecuador in August 2012 and has remained in the Embassy of Ecuador in London since then. On July 27 2018, Ecuadorian President Lenín Moreno said that he had begun talks with British authorities to withdraw the asylum for Assange. Follow us on Twitter: @Intel_Today

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The UN panel found that Julian Assange should be released immediately with compensation.

In November 2016, a United Nations panel maintained that Assange continue to be “arbitrarily detained” in London notwithstanding an appeal brought by the British government.

LIVE – Julian Assange full statement after UN panel ruling

Published on February 5 2016 — After receiving UN backing to leave the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he has resided for the past three and a half years, founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, makes a statement calling the U.N. panel’s finding that he has been arbitrarily detained is a “vindication.”

In his speech Assange also accused Britain’s foreign secretary, Philip Hammond, of insulting the United Nations in his response to the panel’s finding.

REFERENCES

Julian Assange is in arbitrary detention, UN panel finds — The Guardian

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On This Day — UN Panel : “Julian Assange Is Arbitrarily Detained” (February 5 2016)

On This Day — UN Panel : “Julian Assange Is Arbitrarily Detained” (February 5 2016)  [2019]

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