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Re: Hicks lawyers fighting so-called democratic nations
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 question.

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 countries officials.

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 Cross.

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.

Kay Danes
Human Rights Advocate
Foreign Prisoner Support Services
http://www.foreignprisoners.com

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