I find the entire legal wrangle surrounding Australian Guantanamo Bay
detainee David Hicks appalling. David Hicks has been held without charge
for over two years in a country that does not uphold any UN or Geneva
mandates. The US Government is wrong to violate any human's rights as it is
doing in this case. Now to make the case more confusing, Hick's own lawyers
are being investigated for raising complaints regarding the mistreatment of
their client whilst in detention.
In my view, mainstream Australia needs to wake up and take a very close
look at this case. Just because David Hicks has been labelled a terrorist,
doesn't automatically mean he is one. After all, my husband and I were
labelled sapphire thieves despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary.
All humans deserve to be treated with dignity. For the very fact that Hicks
has been denied his basic human rights is a torture in itself. To be locked
in a cage indefinitely and to be dehumanized, interrogated repeatedly and
prevented contact with the outside world is very much in violation of his
human rights. Whether you think Hicks is guilty or not guilty is not the
Governments make decisions to suit their own agenda. When my husband and I
were taken by Communist Laos authorities, our own government admitted to us
that we were hostages. They negotiated our release and placed that
'Presidential Pardon' under the National Security Act which prevents us
from ever seeing the document and knowing the truth of what our government
signed on our behalf.
My advice to Major Mori, is to forge ahead and not be concerned that his
head is now on the chopping block. The Hicks case is one that is
continuing to reveal the injustices handed down by 'so-called' democratic
nations. Given our experience, I am of the opinion that Major Mori and
Stephan Kenny are justified in not relying on any reports from either
Abuse allegations are as serious and the unlawful actions of so-called
democratic governments and totalitarian regimes that transfer prisoners to
secret detention centers that are prevented access by the International Red
I do not believe Major Mori and Mr Kenny are grandstanding or acting
unethically. I believe that the campaign of smears, innuendo and implicit
threats to harass and intimidate them stems from the Bush administration.
Furthermore, strong evidence in all three cases [Danes/Hicks/Abu Ghraib
Prison] suggests that these administrations are well aware that prisoners
are often abused whilst in detention.
Human Rights Advocate
Foreign Prisoner Support Services