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Human Rights Black Hole Guantanamo Must Be Closed: Greens

Media Release
Penny Wright 11 Jan 2012

Australian Greens spokesperson for Legal Affairs Senator Penny Wright today commemorated the important yet disturbing 10-year anniversary of the opening of Guantanamo Bay detention camp.

"Ten years on, Guantanamo remains open despite being a human rights black hole," Senator Wright said today.

"More than 150 inmates are still detained there indefinitely, many of which have not been charged or convicted of an offence.

"This situation cannot be allowed to continue.  The Australian Greens support the current petition by Amnesty International.  Guantanamo Bay must be closed.

"This continues to be a crucial issue for Australians because of what happened to David Hicks during his time in Guantanamo.

"David Hicks' story is one of an Australian citizen kept in deplorable conditions by an ally - pressured to bargain for his liberty while the Australian government stood by and let it happen.

"But this issue is bigger than David Hicks. It's about the responsibility of our government to uphold the rule of law and defend our right to a fair process whoever - or wherever - we are.

"The Greens today reiterate their call for an independent inquiry to get to the bottom of what happened to David Hicks and ensure it never, ever happens again - to any Australian."

 

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