Julian Assange Sues Ecuador for Violating His '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'

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is launching legal action against the government of Ecuador for "violating his fundamental rights", while still being sheltered in the country's United Kingdom embassy.

Sources close to WikiLeaks confirmed to the Guardian on Friday that the legal action was in the works and that there was due to be a press conference in the Ecuadorian capital, Quito.

The whistleblowing website says Assange's access to the outside world has been "summarily cut off", and that Quito has threatened to remove the protection granted to him since being given political asylum.

"Ecuador's measures against Julian Assange have been widely condemned by the human rights community", it added.

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Assange entered the Ecuadorian embassy in 2012 to avoid extradition to Switzerland for questioning over an alleged sexual assault in 2010.

"He accuses the government of Ecuador of violating his fundamental rights and freedom ".

Garzon said Valencia was named in the lawsuit because he serves as the intermediary between Assange and the Ecuadorean government.

Under the protocol, Assange is to have his access to the internet restored via the embassy wifi.

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That case has since been dropped but Assange fears being extradited to the United States to face charges over the WikiLeaks website's release of troves of sensitive USA government files.

Assange's lawyers question the legality of this protocol, which, according to the statement, makes "Assange's political asylum depend on the censorship of his freedom of opinion, expression and association".

The Ecuadorian government notified Assange in August the application of a special protocol to regulate the "minimum conditions of stay of the asylee", which establishes that he will only "have access to the Internet by connecting to the Wi-Fi service" of the legation and sets rules for visitors and even health, stating that non-compliance can lead to the "termination of asylum".

They included household rules, such as cleaning the bathroom and looking after his cat, to more politically motivated ones, such as not to partake in any activity deemed to be interfering in the internal affairs of states.

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The files were made public this week by Ecuadorean opposition politician Paola Vintimilla, who opposes her government's decision to grant Assange nationality. Assange claims his condition is like "solitary confinement", though he doesn't mention that he's free to leave any time he likes. The UN in 2016 found Assange was arbitrarily detained at the embassy by the United Kingdom, describing his situation as "inhuman and degrading treatment".

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