Assange sues Ecuador over 'fundamental rights'

Assange sues Ecuador for ‘violating fundamental rights & freedoms’ over new set of ‘censure’ rules

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange sues Ecuador for 'violating his rights'

"The move comes nearly seven months after Ecuador threatened to remove his protection and summarily cut off his access to the outside world, including by refusing to allow journalists and human rights organisations to see him, and installing three signal jammers in the embassy to prevent his phone calls and internet access", WikiLeaks declared.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange sued the Ecuador government on Friday for violating his "fundamental rights" and limiting his access to the outside world while in asylum at its London embassy.

WikiLeaks said the government of Ecuador refused a visit by Human Rights Watch general counsel Dinah PoKempner, who has likened Ecuador's isolation to "solitary confinement", and had not allowed several meetings with his lawyers. The WikiLeaks founder sought the protection of Ecuador in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he faced rape allegations, or the United States, where he could be punished for publishing secret government documents.

Mr Assange's communication privileges were restored only over the last weekend, when the embassy sent him a nine-page memo filled with a new set of house rules.

It added that his access to the outside world had been "summarily cut off". Earlier this week, Ecuador threatened Assange with expulsion if he kept "interfering in the internal affairs of other states". "Ecuador's measures against Julian Assange have been widely condemned by the human rights community".

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This new protocol will also be challenged by the WikiLeaks lawyer and branded as a way of "censoring" freedom of opinion, speech and association.

A protocol governing Assange's stay at the embassy - revealed by Ecuadoran internet site Codigo Vidrio and never denied by Quito - warns that further breaches will lead to "termination of asylum".

In May 2017, Sweden's director of public prosecutions confirmed that the allegations had been dropped.

However, a warrant for Mr Assange's arrest - issued in 2012 after he failed to surrender to a court when his extradition was approved - remains in place.

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