founder Julian Assange has hailed as “a victory that cannot be
denied” a favorable UN panel ruling on his detention, saying that
the UK and Sweden have lost at the highest level. The comments came
as he appeared on the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy in London.
“How sweet it is!” Assange proclaimed as he stood before the cheering crowd with a copy of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) decision in his hands.
He said the ruling was “historical” not only for him and his family, but also “for the independence of the UN system.”
“This is a decision under international humanitarian law fighting the UK, Sweden, and the US for the most part,” he said.
WikiLeaks founder noted the UN had stressed that the panel’s
decision was “legally
which means attempts to deny the ruling by UK Foreign Secretary
Philip Hammond were just “words.”
UK and Sweden lost at the highest level,”
Assange said, adding that both countries didn’t use their chance to
appeal the UN ruling because they knew that they had no chance of
warned that if his “illegal,
continues despite the decision, those responsible for it in the UK
and Sweden will face criminal charges.
exposing corruption at the highest international level for 20 years,
Assange said that he expected persecution.
what right does the US, UK, Sweden have to deny my children their
father for five-and-half-years without charge… Today they have
their father back,”
also read extracts from the UN panel’s ruling on his case, which
said that “The Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) …
considered that Mr Julian Assange was arbitrarily detained by the
governments of Sweden and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and
group said that Assange “is
entitled to his freedom of movement and to compensation.”
concluded his speech by thanking everybody at the UN, the people and
the government of Ecuador, all his supporters worldwide as well as
the “good people” in the governments of the UK, Sweden and the
whistleblower has been holed up for over three years at the
Ecuadorian embassy in London after being granted asylum by the
country in order to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he faces
sexual assault пallegations.
filed a complaint against Sweden and Britain to the UN Working Group
on Arbitrary Detention in September 2014 after exhausting all other
legal options in the fight to regain freedom.