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Issue #1561      22 August 2012

Ecuador defends Assange’s human rights

CPA statement

The Communist Party of Australia (CPA) welcomes and congratulates the government of Ecuador on its principled decision to grant political asylum to Julian Assange.

We acknowledge the courage of the Ecuadorian government in facing down immense pressure and the bully-boy tactics from Britain and the United States.

We support wholeheartedly Ecuadorian government statements that Assange’s human rights may be violated if he is sent to Sweden to be questioned over sex assault claims and that his fears of political persecution are legitimate.

Julian Assange has championed people’s right to know and has challenged governments that try to keep the public in a state of ignorance. He has provided a massive public service by, among other things, revealing truths about murders by US military.

His challenge to government secrecy explains their desire for revenge.

The CPA believes that everyone who supports freedom of the press, freedom of speech and the values associated with diplomatic immunity should publicly insist that the Ecuadorian decision to give asylum to Assange should override any other consideration.

The Australian government should stand up for the rights of an Australian citizen and make clear its commitment to freedom of political communication, to democratic principles and the rule of law.

The CPA demands respect for international law and the sanctity of diplomatic missions.

While calling for protection for Julian Assange’s rights, the CPA also demands justice for Bradley Manning, the former US soldier accused of leaking government material to WikiLeaks, who has been detained without trial for well over two years.  

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