A UN panel has ruled WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been arbitrarily detained by Sweden and the United Kingdom since his arrest in December 2010 due to the legal action taken against him by both nation's governments.

The Working Group on Arbitrary Detention called on the Swedish and British authorities to end Mr Assange’s "deprivation of liberty, respect his physical integrity and freedom of movement, and afford him the right to compensation".

Here is their statement in full:

On 4 December 2015, the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) adopted Opinion No. 54/2015, in which it considered that Mr. Julian Assange was arbitrarily detained by the Governments of Sweden and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. In that opinion, the Working Group recognized that Mr. Assange is entitled to his freedom of movement and to compensation. The application was filed with the Working Group in September 2014. The Opinion 54/2015 was sent to the Governments of Sweden and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland on 22 January 2016 in accordance with the Working Group’s Methods of Work.

The UN's Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD)