Julian Assange has been arbitrarily detained, UN panel finds
Share this on

Julian Assange has been arbitrarily detained, UN panel finds

One of Julian Assange’s lawyers in Sweden says the country “has no other option but to submit itself to” the opinion of a U.N. human rights panel.

Thomas Olsson says Sweden — where Assange is wanted for questioning over allegations of rape in 2010 — has “committed itself to the rules and decisions that exist in the U.N. human rights charter.”

Assange has been hiding out in Ecuador’s London embassy since 2012. The Wikileaks founder still faces a outstanding charge and a European Arrest Warrant remains in place.

Britain’s Foreign Office has rejected the United Nations panel’s finding that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is a victim of arbitrary detention.

The Foreign Office released a statement outlining that Britain is “deeply frustrated” by the Assange situation.

“The opinion of the U.N. working group ignores the facts and the well-recognized protections of the British legal system,” the statement says. “He is, in fact, voluntarily avoiding lawful arrest by choosing to remain in the Ecuadorean embassy.”

See more:

Ecuador and Swedish prosecutors clash over Assange interview

Ecuador: Time running out for Assange allegations