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ulian Assange: Political Refugee

A sealed US indictment accuses Assange of espionage.

by Stephen Lendman

International law protects refugees and asylum seekers. 

Article I of the 1951 UN Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees calls them:

"A person who owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of their nationality, and is unable to or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail him/herself of the protection of that country."

Post-WW II, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) was established to help them.

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To gain legal protection, they must:

" be outside their country of origin;

" fear persecution;

" be harmed or fear harm by their government or others;

" fear persecution for at least one of the above cited reasons; and

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" pose no danger to others. calls asylum and refugee status "closely related." They differ "only in the place where a person asks for asylum status." 

Refugee status is asked for outside countries of origin. "However, all people who are granted asylum status must meet the definition of a refugee." 

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The famous WWII picture of Uncle Sam pointing his ... by Marika on Sunday, Aug 19, 2012 at 5:55:10 AM
This is why Julian Assange does not expect help fr... by Madamm Geeky on Sunday, Aug 19, 2012 at 10:21:02 AM
give a tinker's damn about 'International law', wh... by mhenriday on Sunday, Aug 19, 2012 at 3:50:05 PM
can be persecuted by the US and its handmaidens, t... by Archie on Sunday, Aug 19, 2012 at 4:47:08 PM