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Ecuador defended its prerogative in granting asylum to citizen Julian Assange

Quito, December 19, 2012

Ecuador defended its prerogative on Thursday of granting diplomatic asylum to Julian Assange and reiterated the request to the United Kingdom  to give safe-conduct to the Australian citizen so he can move to the country, in accomplishment with the International current legislation for the promotion and protection of human rights. Minister Ricardo Patiño ratified the Government willingness to find a diplomatic solution to this case.

In an interview with GamaTV, Minister Patiño assured that Ecuador hopes to continue within the path of dialogue to find a solution to this impasse, that has occurred between Ecuador and the United Kingdom, with the main purpose of protecting Julian Assange´s Human Rights and his physical and emotional integrity, therefore he asserted that: we optimistically hope some time passes by and we can find a diplomatic way out, because it will be a healthier relation between both Nations and a shorter as well”.

“An international Diriment about the topic, normally, we know of it because of the experiences, it will take years”, added when referring to the options on the Assange´s case, who reached 6 months on Wednesday of being sheltered in the Embassy of Ecuador in London.

The minister also manifested that Ecuador, according to its compromise with fundamental liberties and in the exercise of its sovereignty, made de decision of granting diplomatic asylum to the founder of Wikileaks and called the United kingdom and Sweden to value in its real dimension, the country´s posture. Therefore, Ecuador is forced to protect him, in virtue of Article 41 of the Ecuadorian Political Constitution and of the International compromises acquired by the country in matters of human rights.

“We have insisted with the United kingdom the right that Ecuador has, the asylum and the legal argument to concede asylum to Mr. Assange”, he pointed out.

In this way, both the domestic legislation and the principles of International Law established the principle of non-refoulement and the right not to be extradited when causes politically motivated mediate.

“There are elements from the legal point of view of higher importance, particularly, right of asylum, of mobility”, declared the Minister. 
Ecuador granted diplomatic asylum to Assange on August 16th, after an exhausting analysis of his situation in which it was determined that his human rights at are risk. Ecuador´s decision, which was supported by regional integrations organization like the - UNASUR – it was based on 11 considerations, enshrined in the Ecuadorian constitution that clearly defines de right to grant asylum, as well as in the Principles, Declarations and International Conventions related to Refuge and Human Rights.

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