Roland Adjovi, assistant professor of historical and political studies, spoke with several international news organizations on Feb. 5 as second vice chairman of the United Nations expert panel, The Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, in the hearing of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
In a formal public statement, the Working Group announced its final decision in favor of Assange’s arbitrary detention in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London for over three years, and called for British and Swedish authorities to end Assange’s “deprivation of liberty.” Assange had taken refuge at the embassy in 2012 after the UK’s Supreme Court ruled against his appeal against extradition to Sweden, where an investigation was underway against him for allegation of sexual misconduct. Previously, he had been detained by British authorities in 2010 and jailed in Wandsworth Prison in London. He was then sentenced to house arrest and extradition to Sweden.
The Working Group called on the Swedish and British authorities to end Assange's deprivation of liberty, respect his physical integrity and freedom of movement, and afford him the right to compensation.
Outlets featuring Adjovi include Associated Press, Reuters, National Public Radio, BBC Newsnight, World ABC News, CBS News, Sky News, CCTV America, The Guardian, Al Jazeera, United Nations News (Video) (Radio), Radio in Spain, Russia Today, Canadian Press, and many more. Several of these interviews occurred in Brubaker Hall.