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.
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
" pose no danger to others.
Immihelp.com 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."