Thursday, 16 August 2012

Assange and Ecuador

I note that rather than return to that well-known hotbed of injustice and human rights violation, Sweden, Julian Assange of Wikileaks has been granted asylum by Ecuador. I am sure he is aware of article 230 of the Ecuadorian Criminal Code – under which anyone who “offends” the president or other government authorities may be sentenced to up to three months in prison for offending officials and up to two years for offending the president. I'm confident Mr Assange would never offend so liberal a government.  For more information on the enlightened approach to freedom of expression and human rights in Ecuador, see Amnesty International here and Human Rights Watch, here.

Excellent Guardian editorial, here.

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