The Foreign Ministry acts in Ecuador´s defense , human rights and in accordance with the Law on Assange´s case

La Cancillería actúa en caso Assange en defensa de Ecuador y de los derechos humanos y en apego a la ley

Quito, January 11, 2017

  • Ecuador is obliged to protect the person granted asylum otherwise the State would be held responsible

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Human Mobility of Ecuador has acted with the naturalization of Julian Assange “in defense of the interests of the country, the guarantee of the human rights of the person granted asylum and in strict adherence to the Law, the Constitution and International instruments of human rights”.

This has been pointed out by the Foreign minister, María Fernanda Espinosa, in an press conference held with the media where she explained that Julian Assange applied for naturalization on September 16, 2017 and was granted on December 12, 2017. He remains in London under Ecuador´s international protection for five and a half years.

The decision was based on the Constitution and ratified international agreements, which oblige Ecuador to respect the human rights of persons under international protection. In this regard, she mentioned that, if they do not act, “the Ecuadorian State would be held responsible for compliance with international human rights law”.

“It has been up to our Government to look for alternatives to solve this inherited situation and which has not had any progress in these years,” said the minister, who indicated that “several alternatives have been explored” for “a just, definitive and worthy solution for all parties involved, within the framework of international law”.

Among the actions, the Foreign Ministry expects a ruling from the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and the United Kingdom was also asked to consider Assange’s accreditation as a diplomatic agent in the Ecuadorian mission, but the request was denied on December 21. “In response to the good relations with the United Kingdom, we decline this option”.

“We are currently exploring other solutions, in dialogue with the United Kingdom, as a possible mediation and good offices of renowned authorities, other States or international organizations”, said the Foreign minister.

María Fernanda Espinosa also regrets “the leaks and manipulations”, “in some cases with clear political purposes”, in relation to this “very delicate case”. “We sincerely hope that the Foreign Ministry is allowed to handle this issue as we have been working with the utmost prudence and discretion, that this delicate case deserves”.