11/01/2018 Society

Assange´s situation: "We are looking for a solution", ecuadorian foreign minister said

Maria Fernanda Espinosa reiterated that her government will continue to protect Assange “for as long as his physical and psychological integrity are at risk. We are a country that defends human rights and international law.” It will continue to look for a solution to the case of Julian Assange, WikiLeaks founder, who has been holed up in the Andean country’s embassy in London for five years and a half.

 

Xavier Granja Cedeño/Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores Ecuador/Archive Lana

 

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs reiterates that it will continue to look for solutions to Julian Assange’s case, in accordance to regulations of international law together with the United Kingdom, country with which Ecuador maintains the best cooperation ties,” reads the official statement.

It also recalls that Assange was granted asylum in August 2012 by the then Ecuadorian administration and the current government now needs to look for alternatives to solve such inherited situation “in accordance to the national legal framework, international lawand human rights.”

It also states that the national government has complied with the Constitution, international conventions and the law by proceeding wisely in the defense of human rights and asylum while the Australian citizen committed to not interfere in matters stranger to his asylum status.

The text concludes stating that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs reiterates “that it will not respond to rumors or distorted information on this case.”

 

 
 

Xavier Granja Cedeño/Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores Ecuador/Archive Lana

 
 
 

On the eve, Ecuadorian foreign minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa reiterated that her government will continue to protect Assange “for as long as his physical and psychological integrity are at risk. We are a country that defends human rights and international law.”

From the human point of view, Assange’s situation “is not sustainable, a person cannot live in such conditions forever and together with the United kingdom we are looking for a solution,” she explained.

The activist was wanted by Swedish authorities since 2010 due to rape allegations which he denies but Sweden dropped the case since it could not move forward with the investigation. He still remains in the embassy for fears of being arrested by British officials and deported to the United States where he could be charged for the publication of military documents and diplomatic cables.

 

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