NZ Silent on Guantanamo
NZ Silent on
Guantanamo By Green MP Keith Locke
Guantanamo Bay is a symbol not only of the Bush
administration’s abuse of human rights, but also its global
At Guantanamo Bay, former combatants are denied the
status of prisoners of war, in defiance of the Geneva
At Guantanamo Bay, those accused of terrorist
crimes are detained for years without charge, in defiance of
habeous corpus and the right to a fair trial.
Guantanamo Bay, prisoners are regularly subject to sleep
deprivation, physical stress and partial drownings – all
illegal forms of torture. Add to that the psychological
abuse and the denigration of Islam.
Yet how many
governments have openly criticised the Bush administration
for the obscentity of Guantanamo Bay? Very few.
Zealand has been virtually silent. The subtext is that it’s
better to be on the side of the superpower. It’s safer to
join the chorus against Iranian clerics or Hamas than
mention Guantanamo Bay.
But Guantanamo can’t be ignored.
It’s the elephant in the living room – and an acid test of
whether you really stand for justice and human
That’s they way the Greens see it, in New Zealand
and around the
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