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PRESS RELEASE: McKinnon Will Not Be Rendered To Torture But Five Others Already Have

Written by CP Editor Tuesday, 16 October 2012
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PRESS RELEASE:  McKinnon Will Not Be Rendered To Torture But Five Others Already Have

 

16 October 2012

 

CagePrisoners welcomes the Home Office’s decision to block the extradition of Gary McKinnon.  It must come as a great relief to Gary and his family who have valiantly battled against the odds to secure this outcome for a decade.  There can be no doubt that this is the right decision. However, the timing of the announcement when it comes so soon after the extradition of five other men must call into question the consistency of the Governments application of human rights.

 

The Home Office ought to have moved to block the extradition of the other five men, Talha Ahsan (who has also been diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome), Babar Ahmad, Adel Abdul Bary, Khaled Al-Fawwaz, and Abu Hamza on human rights grounds.  Countless academics and experts in human rights, including the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Juan Mendez, have stated that solitary confinement as practiced in American ‘supermax’ prisons constitutes torture.  As the Home Secretary well knows, these men  face potential lifetime sentences in brutal conditions of isolation in ADX Florence and elsewhere.

 

Board Member of CagePrisoners and former detainee at Guantanamo Bay, Omar Deghayes said: “Human rights are for everyone, regardless of their skin colour, faith or culture.  We are truly travelling down a frightening path in which certain individuals are seen as more ‘human’ than others.”

 

CagePrisoners would like to extend its warmest congratulations to Gary and his family. CagePrisoners have warned against the emergence of a two tier legal system where Muslims are afforded less protection and the rights ignored – the latest twist in the extradition cases appears to confirm that the government has no concern for such fears.

 

NOTES:

 

1.                   CagePrisoners is a human rights NGO that exists to raise awareness of the plight of the prisoners at Guantanamo Bay and other detainees held as part of the War on Terror. We aim to give a voice to the voiceless.

2.                   Babar Ahmad, Syed Talha Ahsan, Abu Hamza, Khalid al-Fawwaz and Abdel Abdel Bary had been held in British high security prisons for over 40 years collectively without charge or trial and are now in the US held in pre-trial detention. More information can be found at the CagePrisoners website: www.cageprisoners.com

3.                   Details of an event hosted by CagePrisoners featuring Robert King, a political prisoner who suffered 29 years in solitary confinement in the US can be found here:http://www.cageprisoners.com/our-work/events/item/5035-caged-in-the-usa-what-will-happen-to-individuals-being-extradited?

 

CagePrisoners Ltd

27 Old Gloucester Street

London

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2 comments

  • Comment Link Wendy Sunday, 28 October 2012 21:44 posted by Wendy

    One can be angry at Brits but one should see their fear. "Better them than any of us. Unfortunately, 'them' buy some time but not all. I read that Americans do not see as an obstacle the Syndrome to military service. The guy had a crazy luck.

    New President-old will not change anything because the military command remains the same. The President is a fictional figure who nods and signs. US is lead by the military.
    Elections are fun for the masses who pay that in hope to buy new job or new bussness.
    Therese May was forced to let 5 go. She can hardly stop extradiction of own child if US ask for it.
    It is just so.

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  • Comment Link Malcolm Bush Thursday, 18 October 2012 22:56 posted by Malcolm Bush

    I am pleased to see that Cage Prisoners welcome the blocking of Gary McKinnon's extradition to the United States. I really do believe this was a humanitarian action that amounted to genuine justice. Although I feel the need to comment that this decision may not be due solely to the benevolence of the Home Secretary; rather a skillful piece of political manipulation. The timing of this action, shortly after the extradition of the Muslim men, said to be related to the "war on terror" was appalling; but to be honest, popular with most all of the none Muslim majority of the population. The vast majority of the public where in a euphoric mood, after these extraditions. However this joy was not induced by any real knowledge, but by the ambient myths and mendacious comment, or pear-pressure. I doubt that the short term appeasement of the majority of the public is little more than a small bonus to those in power. I think maybe knocking out other nations communications is the future, and is at a delicate stage. The powers that be want to control of all our personal information and to make records of it. Good will gestures may be perceived as necessary, along the way. I think it most probable the the Home Secretary has conducted secret talks with her counter part in the US and arrived at an agreement where the US Admin would react with surprise and righteous indignation; in a stage managed PR exercise. All the others extradited as a job lot piece of justice that helps maintain the hysteria, drama and momentum of the "war on terror".

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