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Hicks inquiry will benefit all Australians: Greens

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Penny Wright

Australian Senate Australian Greens Senator for South Australia

media release

June 26, 2012 Hicks inquiry will benefit all Australians: Greens Marking today’s International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, the Australian Greens repeat their call for the Australian Government to establish an independent inquiry into the detention, treatment and unfair trial of Australian David Hicks during his time at Guantanamo Bay. Australian Greens spokesperson for Legal Affairs, Senator Penny Wright, today encouraged Australians to sign a Greens’ petition supporting such an inquiry. “Torture and cruel and degrading treatment, such as that experienced by Mr Hicks, is a gross violation of human rights,” Senator Wright said. “David Hicks was detained without charge, subject to systematically cruel and degrading treatment, and ultimately pressured to bargain for his liberty. While all this occurred at the hand of an ally, the then Australian Government stood by and allowed it to happen. “But this is bigger than just David Hicks. It is about the role of an Australian Government in defending the rule of law and the human rights of its citizens, wherever they are. “In opposition, the then Shadow Attorney-General Nicola Roxon consistently emphasised the importance of the Government in upholding citizens’ rights to fair process and a fair trial. She now has the chance to walk the talk. “Today, as we remember those who have experienced torture, inhumane or degrading treatment, I urge Australians to sign our petition. “An independent inquiry into Mr Hicks’ case would benefit all Australians. It is important that we know how this breach of trust occurred, why it occurred and that it will never happens again - to any Australian.” The Greens’ petition can be found here: Media contact: Jennifer Maisel 0417 173 508