30 May 2021
The Federal Government has passed laws to allow the Australian government to detain refugees indefinitely.
Australians were horrified at the idea of Gulags or exile in Russian Siberia, and what totalitarian states could do. The Treaty of Rome that upholds human rights makes indefinite detention illegal, yet we tolerate Naury, Manus Island, and Christmas Island detention and now this. It is not illegal to flee as a refugee and try to reach a country of safety for asylum. Yet only Andrew Wilkie, the independent MP, spoke against this law, and it was passed by both Liberal and Labor. The Australian government, seeking to scare off refugees arrivals, is willing to break international treaties on human rights. And no one even notices!
But Judge Baraitser accepted most of the US government’s arguments that journalism could be espionage, that he would get a ‘fair trial’ in the USA. and that his extradition would have been legal, though political crimes are supposedly excluded from the extradition agreement. He has not actually been freed, and one might reasonably ask why he is being held at all, since the trumped up Swedish rape case is no longer being pursued. There is also a possible appeal from the US government, at a time when Trump is on his last legs and looking for publicity and a legacy.
Julian Assange is still in danger from COVID in Belmarsh prison. It is hard to see anything other than the British, US and Australian Establishments trying to destroy him, if not by COVID, then simply psychologically. One shudders to think what his mental state will be after being locked up for a decade with no substantial charge and having tried to do good. ‘All journalists beware!’ is the message.
31 May 2020 The absurd case of Witness K, who was an intelligence officer who blew the whistle on Australia’s bugging of the East Timorese Cabinet room during the negotiations over the border in the Timor Sea goes on. The bugging is now public knowledge. East Timor took legal action in The Hague against Australia […]