Julian Assange Sues Ecuador for Violating His 'Fundamental Rights'

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Lawyer Baltasar Garzon told a press conference in Ecuador's capital Quito that the rules were drawn up without consulting Mr Assange, who is now suing Foreign Minister Jose Valencia in a Quito court to have them changed.

A domestic court is set to hear Mr Assange's case next week, when Mr Garzon will explain the embassy's actions WikiLeaks perceived as a violation of its founder's human rights.

It comes after Ecuador cut off communications for Mr Assange, who has been living inside the country's London embassy for more than six years.

WikiLeaks' statement said that the government had also rejected visits to Assange from Human Rights Watch General Counsel Dinah PoKempner, journalists and lawyers. "Ecuador's measures against Julian Assange have been widely condemned by the human rights community". "The protocol makes Assange's political asylum contingent on censoring his freedom of opinion, speech and association", the organization continued.

Ecuador this month created the new protocol governing his stay at the embassy.

Assange has been living at the embassy since June 2012 to avoid a European Arrest Warrant over a rape and molestation allegation in Sweden.

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Assange's lawyers are also challenging the legality of the government's "Special Protocol" reported in the news this week.

Assange had been granted asylum six years ago on the grounds that he feared extradition to America, where he faced a possible death sentence or torture for Wikileaks' alleged leak of secrets.

In March, the Australian-born journalist saw his access to phone and internet took away from him after he challenged Theresa May's claim Russia was behind the Salisbury nerve agent attack against former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.

The protocol claims the Embassy may seize the property of Assange or his visitors and, without a warrant, hand it over to United Kingdom authorities, said the statement.

Pressure has mounted on Ecuador to hand Assange over to the UK, WikiLeaks believes. The US case against Julian Assange dates back to the Obama administration 2010, but has been expanded under Trump to include the biggest leak in Central Intelligence Agency history, Vault 7. He fled to the embassy after skipping bail in the UK.

Assange was given sanctuary in the building by Moreno's predecessor Rafael Correa.

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