Thursday, October 14, 2004

Ahmed Zaoui: what you can do...

If you watched "Enemy of the State" last night and are wondering what you can do to help Ahmed Zaoui, the Human Rights Foundation (who are representing him in court) have posted a handy list on Scoop. I recommend emailing Paul Swain or any Labour MP myself. A short note supporting the fundamental right to a fair trial and mentioning that you will be judging the government on its human rights record at the next election is probably sufficient.

The Human Rights Foundation release ends with the following quote from Winston Churchill:

"The power of the executive to cast a man into prison without formulating any charge known to the law, and particularly to deny him the judgment of his peers, is in the highest degree odious, and the foundation of all totalitarian government whether Nazi or Communist."

Perhaps the government needs reminding of that as well.

Update: (15/10/04) corrected Paul Swain's email address. Ooops.