Re: [AustHumanRightsNews] Women in Black Protest Australian Govt Vote Against Torture Convention
- Dear Lynette
Thank you for your email regarding the women in black. I found out from the
internet that Australia has abstained, I was thoroughly disgusted! The
Howard government keeps stooping to new lows. Now they support torture -
did we ever imagine they would do that?
We are in Uganda, where torture, cruel and unusual punishments and extra
judicial killings head a long list of human rights abuses committed by the
army, intelligence services and police. Uganda voted against the resolution
- as a loyal ally of the USA in its 'War on Terror'!
USA has just denied the right to the prisoners they have in Cuba to access
the US legal system on the basis that they are not US citizens and not in
the USA - so who the hell is holding them prisoner but the US government?
I have instructed my web designer to put this article of yours onto the
'refugees' section of my web site:
also check out these web sites:
and: Torture: US loses effort to stall Protocol to Convention:
and you can see the long list of countries that have signed up for the
dubious Anti Terrorist legislation from Amnesty International in USA. Also
All this makes some worrying reading. Catherine, we will have to capture
all these links and discuss a special page for human rights violations
carried out by allies of the 'War on Terror' - it will need its own web site
in a short time.
Regards to all
I have read a selection of your letters from readers on the subject of
assylum seekers and the war on terror. I am saddened by the lack of
informed opinion that exists in Australia on both these related subjects.
The reason why there are terrorists trying to destroy 'our way of life' is
that this 'way of life' is detroying the planet and leaving little or
nothing for most of the world's people. We simply cannot afford to be so
selfish as to turn our backs on the rest of the world - we are part of it.
That is why Australia signed all those UN treaties that make it legally
binding that we treat people who flee from repressive regimes with
compassion. For that matter, the asylum seekers could include some very
skilled people whose contribution will be valuableable to Australia.
Currently the government of this country is flouting the international laws
- and, yes, it does matter. Woomera is a disgrace. When I tell people in
Africa that we have concentration camps in the desert with razor wire, water
cannon, tear gas and that there are children in such places - they are
shocked. They actually thought that human rights violations only happened
in their country
If Australians go to live in the USA because they can earn more money they
are admired for being enterprising. Here we have people shouting - "send
them back" especially if they complain of treatment we would consider cruel
and inhuman if it were meted out to us.
The war on terror is a war against the poor of the world. Many innocent and
destitute people are already dying because of this war. There will never be
a war that roots out all terrorists. Furthermore, you should read the
repressive legislation that is being passed by numerous governments around
the world (including Australia) - before declaring that our army is fighting
for freedom. Also check the web sites of the United Nations, Amnesty
International and Human Rights Watch to see the regimes who are 'our' allies
in the 'war on terror'. You would have to wonder who the real terrorists
We should not take what any government tells us at face value. We need to
ask more questions and do a bit of reading of other points of view. We need
to put a greater value on the lives of the human beings involved - not just
the people we know personally.
Australian Human Rights Volunteer
PO Box 11243
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>Subject: Re: [AustHumanRightsNews] Women in Black Protest Australian Govt
>Vote Against Torture Convention
>Date: Fri, 2 Aug 2002 15:11:38 +1000
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