20 August, 2012

Asylum ~ Some notes

No legal term in common use is perhaps so lacking in uniformity and accuracy of definition as the 'right of asylum' ~ John Bassett Moore, Digest of International Law - 8 Volumes (1906).

Asylum - Refugees - Diplomatic asylum - Assange

Setting the scene:

Wikileaks founder, Mr Julian Assange was granted "Asylum" by Ecuador.  He is in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London.   The Embassy is inviolable under ~

Article 22 of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations:

1.The premises of the mission shall be inviolable. The agents of the receiving State may not enter them, except with the consent of the head of the mission.
2.The receiving State is under a special duty to take all appropriate steps to protect the premises of the mission against any intrusion or damage and to prevent any disturbance of the peace of the mission or impairment of its dignity.
3.The premises of the mission, their furnishings and other property thereon and the means of transport of the mission shall be immune from search, requisition, attachment or execution.