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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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Truth11

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Stephen Lendman, Contributor
Activist Post

FY 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) legislation proscribes it.

January 11, 2013 marks Guantanamo’s 11th anniversary. More on that below.

On January 11, 2002, its first 20 prisoners arrived. It’s one of many US torture prisons globally.

Most held there are innocent victims. They’re not terrorists. They’re lawlessly detained. Many remained for years uncharged and untried. Fundamental rights are denied.

Seton Hall University Law Professor Mark Denebeaux analyzed unclassified government data. He got them through FOIA requests.

They revealed what’s vital to know. The vast majority of Guantanamo detainees weren’t accused of hostile acts. Afghan bounty hunters seized around 95% of them. They sold them to US forces for $5,000 per claimed Taliban and $25,000 for alleged Al Qaeda members. Evidence of criminality wasn’t sought. Washington wanted prisoners. It still does. Innocence or guilt didn’t matter. It still doesn’t.

What…

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