London : The ongoing six-year confinement of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in London’s Ecuadorian embassy is dangerous to his physical and mental health, according to new clinical assessments.
A pair of doctors reached the verdict after spending 20 hours over three days in October performing “a comprehensive physical and psychological evaluation” of Assange, The Guardian reported yesterday. “While the results of the evaluation are protected by doctor-patient confidentiality, it is our professional opinion that his continued confinement is dangerous physically and mentally to him, and a clear infringement of his human right to healthcare,” they wrote in the newspaper.
The duo — Sondra Crosby, a doctor and associate professor at Boston University’s school of medicine and public health, and Brock Chisholm, a London-based clinical psychologist — renewed calls for Assange to be given safe passage to a hospital. The clinicians called for the British Medical Association and others to lobby the UK government to provide healthcare, but noted most doctors are unwilling to enter the embassy to treat him., reports AFP.
“Our assessment reveals that he has had no access to sunlight, appropriate ventilation or outside space for over five and-a-half years,” the doctors added.