Big Win For Julian Assange
The Inter-American Court of Human Rights based in Costa Rica has ruled that the British government has to let Assange leave the Ecuadorian embassy without harassment or threat of arrest and let him go to Ecuador where he was granted citizenship. The big question is will they allow this to happen? The bigger question is that if he is allowed to board a plane what will the US ask its allies to do?
Remember when Bolivian president, Eva Morales' plane was searched by Austria after it was rerouted to Austria when France, Spain, and Italy reportedly denied access to their airspace, allegedly due to suspicions that Snowden was on board? Who's to say that any plane that is thought to have Assange on it won't face the same thing?
Relevant portions of the press release from the Court can be read below:
“The Court interpreted the reach of the protection given under Article 22(7) of the American Convention on Human Rights and Article XXVII of the American Declaration on the Rights and Duties of Man, which recognize the right to seek and receive asylum in a foreign territory. In particular, the Court declared upon the relative issue of whether this human right protects both territorial asylum and diplomatic asylum. Similarly, the Court determined the human rights obligations of Member States of the Organization of American States regarding the host country and, in this case, for third States, in virtue of the risk that persons seeking international protection could suffer, which was the reason for the principle of non-refoulement. Starting with the inclusion of the term “in a foreign territory” within the instruments, (which clearly refers to the protection derived from territorial asylum as opposed to diplomatic asylum), and in an analysis of the preparatory work of the American Declaration regarding the choice of the States to omit the concept of diplomatic asylum as a protected classification under such human rights norms, the Court held that, given the protections enshrined by Article 22(7) of the American Convention and Article XXVII of the American Declaration, the right to seek and receive asylum can be contemplated as a human right to seek and receive international protection in a foreign territory, including refugee status under the relevant United Nations instruments or corresponding national laws as well as territorial asylum under the different Inter-American conventions on the topic. Similarly, the Court concluded that the scope and breadth of diplomatic asylum should be governed by the appropriate interstate conventions and the provisions of internal legislation, considering that the States have the sovereign right to
choose whether to grant such asylum.
Let's hope that the hideous treatment of Julian Assange is finally going to come to end just because he dared to show us the truth that the PTB would rather have been kept hidden. Thank you Julian for all that you have done and sacrificed for the truth.