August 20th, 2012
The success of the 2012 London Olympics is ineluctably
linked with good organisation and the application of human
intelligence at the highest level. There is evidence that
there is no end to the ingenuity of men and women. Under
favourable conditions, the poeople of Africa and of African
descent can perform creditably in any field of human
endeavour. The London Oympics was a rally point for the
illumination of the human spirit. It put to shame those, who
still harbour primodial feelings and race consciousness.
An African leader is reported to have lamented the dismal
performance of his nation's team. The question is how much
thought did he give to the team's preparations?.
Lamentations, just like procrastination is a lazy man's
The Assange Affair
Insipidity guarantees failure and lamentations. Was Assange
insipid or heroic? In America's diplomatic history, that
powerful nation had never been jolted like the fall-out in
the Assange affair. Assange reverently or irreverently,
advertently or inadvertently entered the lion's den. He will
need the benevolence of the elements to enjoy Daniel's
relief. If one puts his hand in fire, will he not be burned.
By publishing sensitive US intelligence and diplomatic
materials, he did hurt the national interests of the United
States inexorably. Of course there are consequences!
After failing to appeal to the advanced justice systems of
England, he sought for and obtained asylum in the Embassy of
Ecuador, in London.
Political asylum is usually available to persons, who seek
refuge from fear of political persecution or feel threatened
in other ways. It is recognised in diplomatic practice. It
is part of diplomatic law that it is the prerogative of a
sovereign state to decide whether or not to grant asylum to
persons in distress.
If the asylum-seek enters the diplomatic premises of the
diplomatic mission in a foreign state, diplomatic law
prohibits intrusion into the embassy premises without the
permission of the Ambassador. No forceful entry is
permissible, unless the embassy is on fire or under any
other act of God.
Assange's presence in the Embassy of Ecuador in London and
his grant of political asylum by the Government of Ecuador,
has triggered off a major diplomatic row between Her
Majesty's Government and the Republic of Ecuador.
In granting the asylum, the Foreign Minister of Ecuador
relied on many International Conventions, Treaties,
Declarartions regulating diplomatic relations. Britain
relied on a 1987 British Act.
This raises the old international legal argument about the
supremacy of international law and municipal law, which
age-old practice has resolved in favour of international
law.( Emmanuel Omoh Esiemokhai, ESSAYS ON DIPLOMACY, 2012,(
Mr. William Hague has declared that Britain would not grant
safe passage to Assange to Ecuador, which stultifies the
grant of asylum. He; however promised that Britain would
seek to resolve the dispute with Ecuador.
Which party is right or wrong depends on where one is
squating on the imbroglio. Ecuador has summoned a meeting of
the Organisation of American states, thereby
internationalizing the diplomatic conflict.
A cynical journalist has suggested that some Latin American
states might grant citizenship to Assang or even appoint him
an anbassador to another state or to Britain. The latter is
wishful thinking since Britain has to accept such
appointment under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic
Relations of 1961.
An early resolution of this dispute is recommended, Little
drops of provocation can become a deluge.
Professor Emmanuel Omoh Esiemokhai
Regency Court, Bradford,