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Close Guantanamo: Democrats.
Australian Democrats Press Releases
Senator Natasha Stott Despoja Democrats Senator for South Australia Australian Democrats spokesperson for Foreign Affairs Australian Democrats spokesperson for Attorney Generals
Dated: 26 May 2006
Press Release Number: tzhwfsdl Portfolio: Attorney Generals Related: Attorney General & Justice Related: Foreign Affairs
Close Guantanamo: Democrats
Democrats Attorney-Generals Spokesperson Senator Natasha Stott Despoja will today call for the Guantanamo Bay military facility to be shut down and for David Hicks to be repatriated to Australia, in a speech to a Melbourne rally.
Senator Stott Despoja will be joined in her call by US peace campaigner Cindy Sheehan, who she has long admired for her efforts to expose the bloodshed in Iraq and the illegitimacy of the Iraq war, along with other civil rights activists.
"Today, I am proud to stand together with Cindy Sheehan to oppose the erosion of democratic freedoms and the rule of law represented by Guantanamo Bay," Senator Stott Despoja said.
"Mr Hicks has languished in Guantanamo Bay for more than four years, abandoned by his Government.
"Our Government could have attempted to repatriate him, as countries including the United Kingdom, Spain and France have done.
"Instead, the Australian Government has effectively left Mr Hicks to rot in what Justice Michael Kirby this week labelled as a legal black hole.
"It is disturbing that Australia has become isolated as one of the few international defenders of the Guantanamo Bay military commission process," Senator Stott Despoja said.
In February, the United Nations called for the Guantanamo Bay detention centre to be shut down without further delay".
"The Australian Democrats today call on the Government to reconsider its position on the fundamental breach of international law which is Guantanamo Bay," Senator Stott Despoja said.