Wiki leaks founder julian assange has received asylum from the Ecuadorian embassy in London yesterday.
Debate has risen over whether the asylum status should be revoked and assange be sent to Sweden where he faces sexual assault charges.
However, according to all forms of internatinal law, no country, not even England or the United States can over rule a sovereign countries decision to give an individual asylum.
What Ecuador is doing is so far beyond just permitting julian assange safety, what they are doing is declaring that colonization of their country is over and there are willing and able to make decisions as a sovereign nation that may just interfere with the interests of the western powers. Very cool.
While it was spain that colonization Ecuador, England is far more guilty of tremendous and devasting colonization that now is perpetuated in modern day international politics. We don’t live in a post colonial world but rather a neo colonialist world that is run by the major world powers and feed by such large entities as the IMF and World Bank.
Anyways, lets go back to the right to asylum.
I read something cool that, in the 19th century, the United Kingdom gave political asylum to many leaders of the socialist movement, one of the them being Karl Marx. In current day politics, getting asylum in the United Kingdom is outrageously difficult, and even more difficult in France where immigration policies are extremely strict.
What’s so funny, is that now the United Kingdom is leading the criticism against Ecuador. They are even threatening to enter the Ecuadorian embassy to retrieve him! Which is illegal.
Don’t get me wrong, Ecuador has a bad record for internal human rights abuses, but perhaps this is their chance to show the international community that they do support human rights and therefore their decision to grant someone the right to asylum should be encouraged rather than chastised.
Also, Ecuador seems absolutely beautiful and if I were Assange, I’d be on the next possible plane outta England.