Amnesty is running a letter writing campaign calling on the PM to give David Hicks a “fair go”:
The camp in Guantanamo Bay is a legal black hole designed to put detainees outside the rule of law and the US Administration beyond the rule of law. It must be shut down. The detainees held there should be either released or, if they are suspected of having committed a recognisably criminal offence, they should be charged immediately and tried in fair proceedings.
Worth sending a letter I reckon…
My letter goes something like this:
Dear Prime Minister,
As you are aware, Australian citizen David Hicks has been detained for five years at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in a US-run detention camp.
The camp has been established outside of international law, and is a blight on the US/UK/Australia coalition’s human rights record.
The “war on terror” cannot be won if we disregard the rule of law and basic human rights.
With that in mind, I ask you to intervene in the case of David Hicks to ensure he is returned to Australia and tried under the Australian justice system.
If no ground or evidence is found to prosecute him, then David Hicks must be released immediately.
Additionally, I urge you oppose the use of torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, and that you call on the US close the illegal prison camp in Guantanamo Bay.