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Kay Danes Bio
Advocate
Foreign Prisoner support Services

Author of: Deliver Us From Evil
Laos Lockdown [Pending]

Having endured the nightmare of unlawful detained and torture in a communist prison, Kay now assists thousands of families of prisoners around the world, as an advocate for Foreign Prisoner Support Service, to cope with the loss of a loved one.

“Too many people in the world are unaware of the way humans are treated in prisons in developing countries; and are quick to pass judgment. I am so glad to be a part of Foreign Prisoner Support Service which I believe plays an important role in humanising the suffering of people detained both lawfully and unlawfully in countries where rule of law is often not upheld; and where human rights are practically non-existent.

People make mistakes and sometimes they do things out of desperation. Sometimes they risk their lives in order to make their life better and think that a one time deal will erase all their problems. Those who are guilty already know they have done wrong. Their perception is that they are worthless and when a person feels like that, it is difficult for them to turn their life around? On the other end of the spectrum, there are prisoners detained for no reasonable explanation, like the many I met in the Laos prison. They live everyday wondering if they’ll see their loved ones again. Imagine if you or your loved one was taken to an undisclosed location, tortured and detained for an indefinite period. How would you cope?

Why do I care what happens to others who find themselves in these dungeons of doom? Quite simply because I know exactly how it feels to have your innocence cast aside for political reasons; and I was forced to listen to the agony of other humans being tortured and ill-treated for no particular reason at all. But guilty or not, for every person detained in these appalling places, there is always a family or loved one quietly agonizing for their return. What happened to my family could easily happen to yours. Bad things do happen to good people!”

Kay Danes
FPSS
Advocate

Aussies held hostage in Laos new evidence tells true story.
Story by: Ed Murphy Independent Journalist [Chicago]

May 6, 2004

New evidence which has come to light through legal investigation and freedom of information has revealed the true plight of the Australian couple Kerry & Kay Danes who were held hostage by the Laotian Government, tortured and imprisoned for over a year (2000-2001).

Details of the Lao PDR authorities, the archaic Laotian legal system and high level Australian Foreign Affairs negotiations are revealed in a new report released Wednesday, May 5, 2004.

The report outlines gross human rights breaches in Laos, a country which seems to literally 'get away with murder'.

Several years on, the Danes are still seeking justice over their ill-treatment. 'Treatment such as we suffered cannot just be forgotten in favor of bilateral relations' says Kay. " My husband and I may never find justice against the Communist State of Laos for the torture and ill-treatment they inflicted upon us, and those we witnessed in "Phonthong Prison' [foreigners jail] but we hope that in raising awareness, others may be spared this type of treatment that is inhumane and that is currently fueled by western diplomacy."

Kay Danes, who is now an international speaker for Human Rights and an advocate for prisoners rights through 'Save-A-Life' http://www.foreignprisoners.com , was herself tortured in mock executions and interogated by Laos authorities in a bid to secure false statements.

The full report can be read at THE DANES CASE

More Information on The Danes
  • The Danes Case - report on The Danes Case
  • The Danes Story - [ABC Television] "On their Honor
  • Photo Album - Speaking Engagements, Book Tours, Friends & More
  • PM responds to Sahra Danes.doc
  • Kay Danes documents, articles and information
  • Uncertainty surrounds plight of convicted terrorist
  • We're giving them enough rope to hang us
  • Kay locks down to help refugees
  • Jail cut crummy, says ex-detainee
  • Witness to suffering fans flames of hope
  • To be so helpless is what tortures your mind
  • Corby bearing up well: Kay Danes visits prison
  • Aussies jailed in Laos accuse lawyer of raiding bank account
  • Intervening In Other Countries' Legal Systems - ABC Radio Interview
  • Article - New Idea Story - Aug 2004
  • Trouble on the gem fields
  • President Miles Moody with guest speaker Kay Danes
  • Rocky road ahead for Habib
  • PM - Australian 'terrorist' case under scrutiny
  • Kay Danes addresses the International Conference on Laos in Washington DC, 25 April 2004.
  • Media Release - Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Alexander Downer - 6 November 2001
  • Statement of Ms. Kay Danes - Presented at the U.S. Congressional Forum on Laos U.S. House of Reps Washington, D.C - 1/10/2002
  • Kay Danes reveals suicide thoughts - 18/03/ 2002
  • Danes struggle on after their release - March 18 2002
  • The Danes' Case Wash Up - Feb 2002
  • SMH Freed Danes vow to prove innocence - Nov/8/2001
  • BBC Eyewitness: Laos jail victims - Friday, 26 July, 2002
  • Laos pressures jailed Australian couple to confess - Apr 06, 2001
  • Nightmare in Laos
  • Quote by Kay Danes
  • Political Prisoner Experiences "Human Dignity" by Kay Danes

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