Ecuador’s Rafael Correa: Assange granted asylum to prevent extradition to a ‘third country’ – video The Ecuadorean president, Rafael Correa, says the motivation for granting asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was to prevent his extradition to a ‘third country’. Assange, who has been sheltering in the Ecuadorean embassy in London for two months, fears he will ultimately be sent to the US and prosecuted for leaking diplomatic cables if he is extradited to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning over alleged sexual offences – The diplomatic row between Britain and Ecuador over the WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, is to be discussed by foreign ministers from across the Americas next week. The permanent council of the OAS decided that a meeting would be held in Washington DC after members voted on the issue. The US, Canada and Trinidad and Tobago opposed the resolution, but 23 members voted in favour of the meeting

Ecuador’s Rafael Correa: Assange granted asylum to prevent extradition to a ‘third country’ – video The Ecuadorean president, Rafael Correa, says the motivation for granting asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was to prevent his extradition to a ‘third country’. Assange, who has been sheltering in the Ecuadorean embassy in London for two months, fears he will ultimately be sent to the US and prosecuted for leaking diplomatic cables if he is extradited to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning over alleged sexual offences

Julian Assange row: ministers from across Americas to hold meeting

Organisation of American States to hold meeting next week following Ecuador’s decision to grant asylum to Assange

Ecuador’s Rafael Correa: Assange granted asylum to prevent extradition to a ‘third country’ Link to this videoThe diplomatic row between Britain and Ecuador over the WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, is to be discussed by foreign ministers from across the Americas next week.

The Organisation of American States (OAS) has voted to hold a meeting next Friday following Ecuador’s decision to grant political asylum to Assange, who is currently taking refuge in the country’s embassy in London.

Assange has described the move as a “historic victory” but the British foreign secretary, William Hague, made it clear that the Australian would not be allowed safe passage out of the country.

The permanent council of the OAS decided that a meeting would be held in Washington DC after members voted on the issue. The US, Canada and Trinidad and Tobago opposed the resolution, but 23 members voted in favour of the meeting. There were five abstentions and three members were absent.

The OAS secretary general, José Miguel Insulza, said the meeting would not be about Assange but the “the problem posed by the threat or warning made to Ecuador by the possibility of an intervention into its embassy in London. The issue that concerns us is the inviolability of diplomatic missions of all members of this organisation, something that is of interest to all of us.”

Assange has been in the Ecuadorean embassy for the past two months after facing extradition to Sweden accused of sexual assault. He denies the claims and fears being sent to the United States if he goes to Sweden.

Ecuador’s president, Rafael Correa, said in a radio interview on Friday that his nation was not trying to undermine Sweden’s attempts to question Assange.

He said: “The main reason why Julian Assange was given diplomatic asylum was because his extradition to a third country was not guaranteed, in no way was it done to interrupt the investigations of Swedish justice over an alleged crime. In no way.”

Hague has said that diplomatic immunity should not be used to harbour alleged criminals.

Hague said it is a “matter of regret” that the Ecuadorean government granted the WikiLeaks founder political asylum. “We will not allow Mr Assange safe passage out of the United Kingdom, nor is there any legal basis for us to do so,” he said.

Ecuadorean ministers have accused the UK of threatening to attack the embassy to seize Assange, after it emerged that the Diplomatic and Consular Premises Act 1987 could allow revocation of a building’s diplomatic status if the foreign power occupying it “ceases to use land for the purposes of its mission or exclusively for the purposes of a consular post”.

Under international law, diplomatic posts are considered the territory of the foreign nation.

The foreign secretary said there was no threat to storm the embassy. “We are talking about an act of parliament in this country which stresses that it must be used in full conformity with international law,” he said.

The Swedish foreign ministry said it has summoned Ecuador’s ambassador over the South American country’s “unacceptable” decision to grant asylum.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/aug/18/julian-assange-row-american-ministers-meeting

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The capitalistic and imperialistic system and its systematic aims: profit and power over others, still dominates our world and not the aims of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as 1948 agreed! After the world-economic-crisis after 1929 and the following World-War the world hat decided with agreeing the Universal Declaration of Human rights, to create a new world order; conflicts should be solved with peaceful means, not nations and their power, but the dignity of human beings around the world should be the aim of the policies and the economy, of every state and the community of states. But soon after the end of the war, when the victims and destruction were forgotten, all continued as before, with all risks, we had seen before. The split in rich an poor is getting bigger and bigger. We also overuse our global environment already, even if the big majority of mankind still lives in poverty! We are not victims, this world is men-made and be changed from men and women! It will be possible, if those, who do not want or serve (because of system-pressure) profits first, but want for themselves and everybody a life in human dignity unite and develop in a global base-democratic movement a common vision for our world, and learn, how to make this vision real. We need for it a big empowerment of many, many common men and women and their activities. Our chances are because of new communication technologies, of common languages, of the level of education and the mixture of people from different backgrounds better then ever. The occupy-movement is a good start for such a global movement. We support it and try to contribute to its success! We choose news and make comments and so try to unite people for an Occupy-Think-Tank: Its tasks: creating a news-network, self-education, working on global-reform programs and learning to organize projects for those, who are suffering. Join us, so that we can build teams for these aims for all subjects and countries as a base for the unification. We have Wan(n)Fried(en) in our name, because it means When peace and it is a modification of the name of the town our base is, in Wanfried, a small town in the middle of Germany, where we can use a former factory for our activities. Our telefon: 0049-5655-924981, mobil: 0171-9132149, email: occupy-think-tank@gmx.de
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