The recent violation of Assange’s rights as both political asylee and citizen of Ecuador sends a chilling message to Ecuadorians who are being increasingly targeted for their political views both within Ecuador and abroad.
by Whitney Webb
Part 5 - The creep and leap of authoritarianism
Beyond the recent, troubling moves made by the Moreno-led administration to silence dissent from Correa, Correa’s allies and Assange supporters, Moreno’s decision to revoke Assange’s citizenship and asylum has notably resulted in grave implications for the rights of all of Ecuador’s citizens.
Indeed, the move to revoke both Assange’s asylum and Ecuadorian citizenship at the request of the U.S. government sends a clear signal to Ecuadorians everywhere that Lenín Moreno’s government is willing to violate, ignore or revoke their rights if it suits his political ambitions or is requested by his allies, namely the Trump administration.
The further fact that Ecuador allowed its embassy to be used for the violation of Assange’s rights as both asylee and Ecuadorian citizen is particularly chilling and sets a dangerous precedent that could have ramifications for the diplomatic protections ostensibly afforded to Ecuador’s citizens.
Indeed, given the years-long effort by the Moreno administration to pursue Correa and his political allies in the country or abroad, the recent violation of Assange’s rights as both political asylee and citizen of Ecuador sends a chilling message to Ecuadorians who are being increasingly targeted for their political views both within Ecuador and abroad.
While Moreno’s efforts to target Correa and Correa supporters were evident from early on in his administration, it is clear that such efforts have picked up speed since Assange’s arrest.
Now, Ecuador’s slow creep towards fascism has appeared to turn into a sprint, all with the blessing of the United States government.