A Letter to the International Criminal Court

Posted: July 14, 2014 in News
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infinite8horizon - peter d barnes

By email to

otp.informationdesk@icc-cpi.int

Re: Australian Government Ministers breaching Article 7 of the Rome Convention

Dear Prosecutor,

I write as a citizen of Australia, deeply concerned at the behaviour of ministers of our Federal Government; behaviour that I am effectively powerless to stop, but which I believe is so appalling as to be in breach of Article 7.

I am not trained in international law, nor a lawyer by profession. My belief arises from a reasonable interpretation both of the Convention, and the sometimes visible behaviour of our elected officials.

The series of steps taken by our government, over time, clearly show a deliberate intent not just to deter any people seeking asylum in Australia, particularly by boat, but to create that deterrence by wilful, public and publicised mistreatment. That mistreatment is barbaric, unnecessary, and is not tantamount to torture, it is torture. It is causing demonstrable psychological and physical…

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