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Boris Johnson, obey international law over Assange's arbitrary detention

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In what many think is a politically-motivated case, Julian Assange has been technically imprisoned in the Ecuador Embassy, for more than three years. Before that he was held in prison and under house arrest despite never having been charged with a crime.

The United Nations is an administer of international law and the United Kingdom one of only five permanent members of the Security Council of the United Nations. A working group of highly-qualified international lawyers: Sètondji Adjovi (Benin, Second Vice-Chair) Adjovi, Mads Andenas (Norway, Chair and member until mid-2015), Mr. José Guevara (Mexico, First Vice-Chair), Seong-Phil Hong (Chair-Rapporteur, Republic of Korea), Vladimir Tochilovsky (Ukraine) reached the conclusion that Julian Assange has been arbitrarily detained and advised that he should be released and compensated.

The UK was given the opportunity to appeal to the working group but declined. Not abiding by the findings of the working group undermines international law, undermines UK participation in the United Nations and undermines the role of the United Nations in world affairs. We therefore respectfully ask that Boris Johnson, and the UK government abide by the findings of the United Nations' Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, allow Julian Assange freedom that should never have been taken away from him, and return his passport.



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