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Human Rights Organisation Rejects Complaint from Assange Against Ecuador


7Dnews London

Sat, 16 Mar 2019 00:08 GMT

An international human rights group has rejected a request by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to ease Ecuador's six-year stay at its embassy in London.

A spokeswoman for the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, which is affiliated with the Organisation of American States, said the committee rejected Assange's complaint.

Julian Assange's lawyer, Jennifer Robinson, did not have an immediate comment.

Assange was taken to the Ecuadorian embassy in London in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden, where authorities want to question him in connection with an investigation into sexual assault. The investigation was later dropped but Assange fears he may be extradited to face charges in the United States, where federal prosecutors are investigating WikiLeaks.

Assange says Ecuador is seeking to pressure him to leave by demanding that he pays his medical bills and telephone calls as well as remove the remnants of the cat he raises.

Assange sought the support of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in his case against Ecuador. While the Commission did not support Assange, Ecuador stated that international law provided that no State should deport, return or extradite a person to another State where he could face human rights violations.

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