Friday, December 08, 2006

International Day of Action for David Hicks

Tomorrow is an International Day of Action for David Hicks, five years after his unlawful detention. He has received no support from either John Howard, or the Australian Attorney-General Philip Ruddock. His attorney, Major Michael Mori, has dismissed claims that Hicks is fine and in good condition. His detention is a crime, as is that of the other inmates at Guantanamo (which includes children). The calls for his release are growing, and yet there is still little coverage of his plight in the Western media.

You can make a difference. You can take part in one of the many rallies taking part across Australia:

Adelaide: Sat. Dec. 9
Victoria Square, 11 am
Speakers:- Kay Danes (Ex Political Prisoner & author)
- Brian Deegan
- Mem Fox, Author
- Terry Hicks
- Professor Leon Lack (Psychology Flinders University)
- Charles Southwood
- Katie Wood
music:- Peter Combe

Organised by Fair Go for David & Amnesty International

Brisbane : Sat. Dec. 9
Queens Park 2 PM
corner George & Elizabeth Sts. City

- Claire Moore, ALP
- Terry O'Gorman, Qld Council Of Civil Liberties
- Halim Rane, Fair Go For Palestine
- Senator Andrew Bartlett, Australian Democrats
- Juanita Wheeler, Qld Greens

Organised by Qld Council of Civil Liberties, Amnesty International Australia, Qld Greens, Australian Democrats, Just Rights Qld, Fair Go for Palestine, Al Nisa, Stop the War Collective, Refugee Action Collective, Just Peace, Peace Convergence, Rally for Peace and Nuclear Disarmament.

Melbourne: Sat. Dec. 9
Federation Square 2pm

- Nicole Bieske, Amnesty International
- Lex Lasry, QC
- Major Michael Mori
- Michelle O’Neill, TCFU
- Nicola Roxon MP, Shadow Attorney General
- Rob Stary, Robert Stary & Associates
- Les Thomas, Civil Rights Defence
- Brian Walters, Liberty Victoria

Organised by Civil Rights Defence - in co-operation with 3CR Community Radio, Amnesty International and Liberty Victoria. For more information call 0407 856 628

Sydney: Sat. Dec. 9
Sydney Town Hall, 12 noon

Speakers: to be confirmed
- Senator Kerry Nettle
- Andrew Ferguson
- Brett Collins
- John Dowd, International Commission of Jurists

Organised by: Justice for Hicks & Habib & Stop the War Coalition

Perth: Sat. Dec. 9
Perth Cultural Centre 12 noon

organised by Amnesty International

Canberra: Sat. Dec. 9

Rally outside Parliament House
Meet at 12 Noon sharp.
Dress: something orange

Come and join Fathers Nikolai Blaskow and Richard Browning, meeting on the grass outside Federation Mall, opposite Parliament House.

If you are able to, please make your voice heard by joining in at one of the rallies above. The voices are growing louder, and yet Howard still doesn't listen. If you're unable to attend a rally, you can still make your voice heard. You can send an email to Howard urging him to bring Hicks home, via Amnesty International. You can add a button to your sidebar to publicise his plight here. You can also read more about what has been happening with regards to this case here. There is also the Fair Go for David website with all the latest information about David's plight. Whatever you do tomorrow, do something. This is the opportunity to act collectively to force Howard to uphold his obligations to an Australian citizen who has been the victim of a gross violation of his human rights.