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Michael Organ MP

Greens Member for Cunningham

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27 May 2003

HOWARD DUCKS DETAINEE’S DAD

Terry Hicks, the father of Australian detainee David Hicks, confronted Prime Minister John Howard across the House of Representatives in Question Time this afternoon when Cunningham MP Michael Organ asked if the Australian government had ever requested his return.

“David Hicks has been held without charge in a cage by the US military at Camp X-Ray in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba since January last year”, Mr. Organ said.

“The Howard government’s treatment of this case is outrageous and disgraceful”.

“Our government has extended full support to the denial by the US of Mr Hicks’ rights as a prisoner of war under the Geneva Convention.”

“This is an open repudiation of the rights of an Australian citizen.”

“Along with its flagrant breach of United Nations conventions relating to the rights of children and refugees, the Howard government’s treatment of Mr. Hicks is a further undermining of fundamental democratic and legal rights”, Mr. Organ added.

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