Brazilian Lawmakers Pass Motion of Support to Ecuador, Reject UK Threats: Full Text (Portuguese and English)
by Lady Michelle-Jennifer Santos, Founder & Publisher
August 22, 2012 (TSR) – Little did UK Foreign Minister William Hague anticipate that his threats to Ecuador after the sovereign nation granted asylum to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange would become a diplomatic nightmare for the entire British kingdom.
Reuters reported earlier today that the impact of British-Latin American is seen as limited with Brazil being the key.
That is the sugarcoated Western version in denial.
We are giving you the Brazilian version, the facts, which is William Hague’s worst nightmare.
Commission on Human Rights and Minorities of the Chamber of Deputies of Brazil Chairman, Congressman Domingo Dutra
The Commission on Human Rights and Minorities of the Chamber of Deputies of Brazil, the lower house of the National Congress of Brazil, passed on Wednesday a motion of support for Ecuador and repudiated the UK threat against international law and individual freedoms.
“Em defesa do direito de asilo político e da inviolabilidade das embaixadas” (In defense of the right of asylum and the inviolability of embassies) is the title of the motion passed by the members of the Commission on Human Rights and Minorities of the Chamber of Deputies of Brazil, signed by the committee chairman, Mr. Domingos Dutra (PT-MA) a Labor Party Congressman from Mato Grosso.
The document was released during a public hearing on the new Law on Access to Information (12.527/11) held by the committee this afternoon.
The Brazilian deputies recall that the Vienna Convention of 1961 defined the concept of diplomatic immunity, by which a country’s embassy is considered inviolable part of its territory. They assert that “violating the International Convention represent an unacceptable setback, played not by a dictatorship of a remote country, but by the government of a nation with consolidated democracy.”
Lawmakers argue that leak information about war crimes, conspiracies and nonsense to the diplomatic world, published by the WikiLeaks website, do not justify a unilateral pursuit that ignores values enshrined in humanity.
Below is the motion written in Portuguese:
Em defesa do direito de asilo político e da inviolabilidade das embaixadas
Como Presidente da Comissão de Direitos Humanos e Minorias da Câmara dos Deputados, face à tensão causada pela ameaça do governo do Reino Unido de desrespeitar o direito de asilo político do fundador do WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, e até mesmo afrontar a inviolabilidade de uma embaixada, vimos manifestar nossa solidariedade à República do Equador e repudiar ato que venha a ser perpetrado contra o direito internacional e os direitos humanos.
Nem mesmo as ditaduras latino-americanas dos anos 1970 se atreveram a invadir embaixadas para capturar dissidentes, nem impediram que saíssem com segurança para embarcar em direção aos países concedentes de asilo. A Convenção de Viena, de 1961, definiu o conceito de imunidade diplomática, pelo qual a embaixada de um país é considerada parte inviolável de seu território. Violar essa Convenção internacional representaria um retrocesso inaceitável, protagonizado não por uma ditadura de um país remoto, mas pelo governo de uma nação com democracia consolidada.
Vazamento de informações sobre crimes de guerra, conspirações e até mesmo sobre bobagens do mundo diplomático, publicadas pelo site WikiLeaks, não justificam uma perseguição unilateral que ignora valores consagrados pela humanidade. Apenas indica que novas formas de mídia surgiram e que os mecanismos da diplomacia secreta e da espionagem tornaram-se vulneráveis.
As ameaças do governo do Reino Unido revelam uma velha postura colonialista em relação à Améria Latina. Será que a reação seria a mesma se o asilo político tivesse sido concedido por um país europeu ou pelos EUA. Da mesma forma, cabe indagar se os vazamentos fossem a respeito dos países inimigos do Reino Unido e EUA, Assange seria perseguido ou elogiado?
Ao se manifestar em defesa da dignidade e da soberania do Equador, nos colocamos de acordo com posição tirada pela Unasul (União das Nações Sul-Americanas) e com o governo brasileiro, que por meio do ministro das Relações Exteriores, deixou clara sua posição em defesa da soberania do Equador e do direito de asilo político.
Brasília, 22 de agosto de 2012
Deputado Domingos Dutra – Presidente da Comissão de Direitos Humanos e Minorias
This is a rough translation for our English readers:
A Motion: In defense of the right of asylum and the inviolability of embassies
As President of the Commission on Human Rights and Minorities of the Chamber of Deputies, given the tension caused by the threat of the UK government to disregard the right of political asylum by the founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, and even defy the sanctity of an embassy, we express our solidarity with the Republic of Ecuador and repudiate acts that may be perpetrated against international law and human rights.
Even when the Latin American dictatorships of the 1970s dared to invade embassies to capture dissidents nor prevented safely leave to embark toward asylum countries grantors, the Vienna Convention of 1961 defined the concept of diplomatic immunity, whereby the embassy of a country is considered inviolable part of its territory. Violating this international convention would be an unacceptable setback, played not by a dictatorship of a remote country, but the government of a nation with consolidated democracy.
Leakage of information about war crimes, conspiracies and even nonsense about the diplomatic world, published by the website WikiLeaks, do not justify a unilateral pursuit that ignores values embodied by humanity. This only a proof that new forms of media have emerged and that the mechanisms of secret diplomacy and espionage have become vulnerable.
The threats of the UK government reveal an old colonialist attitude in relation to Latin Ameria. Would the reaction be the same if it (their own dissidents) had been granted political asylum in a European country or the U.S.? Likewise, it is worth asking whether the leaks were about the enemy countries of the UK and U.S., would Assange be prosecuted or praised?
As manifest, in defense of the dignity and sovereignty of Ecuador, we put ourselves in accordance with the same position taken by UNASUR (Union of South American Nations) and the Brazilian government, which through the foreign minister, made clear his position on defense of Ecuador’s sovereignty and the right of political asylum.
Brasília, 22 August 2012
Congressman Dominic Dutra – President of the Commission for Human Rights and Minorities
Earlier this year, Brazil – along with the three other members of the Mercosur trading block; Uruguay, Argentina and Paraguay – decided in December to ban boats flying the Falklands flag from docking at their ports. And with fierce Argentine President Cristina Kirchner’s seizing any opportunity to rattle any opportunistic western agendas, Mr Hague hoped Brazil to be the sympathetic nation in the region.
Thus, amid the diplomatic row between Argentina and Britain on the Falkland Islands, William Hague, the first UK foreign secretary to visit Brazil for six years, opened a British consulate in the north-eastern Brazilian city of Recife, and the reopening of an embassy in the Central American nation of El Salvador, He claims that these represented the UK’s strongest diplomatic offensive in Latin America in two centuries.
Brazil leapfrogged Britain to become the sixth largest economy in the world as of last year and thus the kingdom sent HRH Prince Harry to launch the Great initiative in Rio de Janeiro, a £25m (circa $40 million) campaign to encourage Brazilians to visit the UK.
With ALBA, UNASUR and the coveted Brazilian government as the largest and most economically significant country in the region all behind Ecuador, William Hague has gotten UK into a big diplomatic mess.
William Hague is a strong supporter of Brazil’s aspirations to become a permanent member of the UN Security Council and it is important to warn everyone that this may test the Latin American nations unity as this can (and I have no doubt) be used as blackmail.
With Brazilian lawmakers making a legal motion, this diplomatic row certainly become more and more intricately coiled and labyrinthine.