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News Rally for Hicks and Habib

  1. May 19, 2004 #1
    David Hicks, an Australian citizen from Adelaide, was captured by rebel forces of the Northern Alliance in Afghanistan in November 2001, prior to the arrival of US ground forces. Mamdouh Habib, an Australian citizen from Sydney, was detained by Pakistani Intelligence operatives in Pakistan on 5 October 2001. These two Australian, like most of the over 600 Guantanamo prisoners, have been held for over two and half years and have not been charged with any offence against any law of any country or any international convention. They have never engaged in hostile military acts against US forces in the thearte of war in Afghanistan, a fact acknowledged by US authorities.
    Stephen Hopper, the lawyer representing Mr Habib, is concerned about Mr Habib's mental health. According to Mr Hopper, Mr Habib was already on medication for chronic depression before his arrest in Pakistan. Mr Hopper has addressed these concerns to the Australian authorities, yet there has been no answer.
    Major Michael Mori, the US Marine Corps lawyer, appointed by the US Military to represent David Hicks, has openly declared that a Military trial would be bias and unfair, and only concerned with the conviction of the defendant. Under a Military Commission the ruless of evidence will not apply, and there is no guarantee that they will be freed, even if they are found not guilty.
    The NSW Council for Civil Liberties has strongly condemned the decision by the Howard Government to ignore the violation of the basic rights of these two Australians, stating that this is '..unprecedented and it leaves serious doubts about the prospects of government assistance for any citizen who is illegally detained while abroad.' The British Government has successfully obtained the repatriation and release of five of their nationals, while the Australian Government has not sought the repatriation of Messrs Hicks and Habib.
    On Thursday 22 April 2004 American lawyers representing the two Australians, David Hicks and Mamdouh Habib, two British and 12 Kuwaiti detainees presented their case to the US Supreme Court arguing that US courts have jurisdiction over Guantanamo Bay. The Bush Administration has thus far successfully argued in the lower courts that foreign 'enemy combatants' have no rights under the US law. About 175 British MPs, former US prisoners of war, retired military officers and international bar associations filed briefs in support of the detainees' case (SMH 22/4/04) & the Court's ruling is expected to be handed down in June.
    A number of international institutions and eminent jurists believe that the detention of David Hicks and Mamdouh Habib, and in fact, all the 'detainees' at Guantanamo Bay, is illegal and that therefore their rights under international law & US law have been and continue to be denied. This includes their human & legal rights under the Geneva Convention, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Torture Convention & the International Covenant on Civil & Political Rights, to which the US & Australia are signatories.
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    Dear friends,
    This is a reminder on the upcoming forum on David Hicks & Mamdouh Habib. I will have coloured posters available by Friday as well as flyers. Pls let me know of your requirements, I could deliver them on Friday.
    There are also bumper stickers: "Close Guantanamo Bay" & "Free Hicks & Habib" for $1 each. We are organising badges as well to be on sale at the forum. These are to raise funds to cover expenses which are piling up! Any contributions welcome.
    Please pass this message around. We need your support. Thank you. Marlene Obeid (0401 758 871)
    invite you to the public forum
    Justice for Hicks & Habib
    When: Saturday 29 May 2004
    Time: 6-8pm
    Where: Granville Youth & Recreation Services,
    3 Memorial Drive, Granville, Sydney
    Entry by Donation
    Guest speakers: Maha Habib, Terry Hicks, Stephen Hopper, Jeremy Styles for the NSW Council for Civil Liberties, and Senator Kerry Nettle. Amnesty International TBC.
    For more information contact Tim Vollmer on 0404 273 313 and/or Marlene Obeid on 0401 758 871
    Endorsed by AidWatch, Australian-Palestinian Graduates Association, Fair Go for David, CFMEU, Australia Peace Network, NSW Council for Civil Liberties, Justice Action, Newtown Peace Group, Parramatta Peace Group, Pennant Hills Peace Group, Friends of the Earth, the Australian Democrats, the Communist League, the NSW Greens, Socialist Alliance, Stop the War Coalition, and Daryl Melham, Labor MP.

    My Note: Make these trials crystal-clear US lawyer cronie thugs...
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