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05 February 2016 - Julian Assange is arbitrarily detained, UN panel finds

Publié par Marion Coste le 02/05/2016


UN panel urges UK and Sweden to end Julian Assange's 'deprivation of liberty'

Owen Bowcott  (The Guardian, 04/02/2016)

The WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been arbitrarily detained by the UK and Sweden since he was arrested in London in December 2010, according to a United Nations report.
As anticipated, the finding by the Geneva-based UN working group on arbitrary detention criticises legal action against Assange by both European governments and blames them for preventing him from leaving the Ecuadorian embassy in Knightsbridge.
The panel calls on the Swedish and British authorities to end Assange’s “deprivation of liberty”, respect his physical integrity and freedom of movement and offer him compensation.

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UN Working Group Rules In Favour Of Julian Assange But Cops Not Moved
Josh Butler (The Huffington Post, 04/02/2016)
UK police say they will still arrest Wikileaks founder Julian Assange despite a United Nations Panel ruling in his favour.
A UN group has ruled that Assange's self-imposed three-and-a-half-year stint inside the Ecuadorian embassy is equal to being "arbitrarily detained" by the UK and Sweden.
"The Working Group on Arbitrary Detention considers that the various forms of deprivation of liberty to which Julian Assange has been subjected constitute a form of arbitrary detention," said Seong-Phil Hong, the head of the panel.

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange may leave Ecuadoran embassy after UN panel ruling
AFP (The Economic Times, 05/02/2016)
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange could walk out of the Ecuadoran embassy in London after more than three years on Friday, when a UN panel will rule whether he has been illegally held.
The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (UNWGAD) is expected to declare that his time stuck in a cramped embassy office amounts to arbitrary detention, according to the Swedish foreign ministry and Assange's lawyers.
Though the opinion is non-binding, the 44-year-old said he expects the p ..
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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange: The man and his mission
(The Straits Times, 05/02/2016)

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, holed up at the Ecuador embassy in London for more than three years over a rape allegation in Sweden, is hoping to end his confinement on Friday (Feb 5) after a UN panel decision. The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (UNWGAD) on Friday (Feb 5) said Assange was being detained arbitrarily in the Ecuadorian embassy in London and should be released and compensated. The Australian has said he expects the British police to call off their attempts to detain him should the UN panel rules in his favour. But Swedish prosecutors have said such a ruling will have no impact on its investigation into a 2010 rape allegation against Assange, which he denies.
Here's a quick recap of the case and what could happen next.
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"05 February 2016 - Julian Assange is arbitrarily detained, UN panel finds", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), mai 2016. Consulté le 18/04/2021. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/key-story/archives-revue-de-presse-2016/05-february-2016-julian-assange-is-arbitrarily-detained-un-panel-finds