Torture report makes @IntlCrimCourt action against @TonyAbbottMHR’s #auspol likely: @jansant reports

On Monday, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture, Juan Mendez, released a report (below) that found Australia in violation of the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT). The report found multiple violations and identified the systematic nature resulting from government policy. Juan Mendez, is a survivor of torture and former special advisor on crime prevention to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (@IntlCrimCourt) in The Hague (ICC). The Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott (@TonyAbbottMHR), responded by declaring, Australians are “sick of being lectured to by the United Nations”. Abbott also claimed the United Nations would “have a lot more credibility if […]

International human rights body tells @TonyAbbottMHR #IStandWithGillianTriggs. @Jansant reports

The International Coordinating Committee of National Institutions for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights (ICC) has written (full text below) to Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott (@TonyAbbottMHR), expressing “grave concern” about recent Government attacks on the President of the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC), Gillian Triggs (@GillianTriggs). The letter was carbon copied to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the concerns shared with other members of the International Coordinating Committee. The letter states: Mr Prime Minister, Professor Triggs is highly respected within the international human rights community having held a distinguished career in law, including in the area of legal education. She is held in […]

Wilkie and Barns turn up #refugees heat on Abbott with “comprehensive brief” to ICC. @Jansant reports

Andrew Wilkie MP (@WilkieMP) and human rights advocate and lawyer Greg Barns (@BarnsGreg) have followed up their letter to The International Criminal Court (@IntlCrimCourt) in The Hague (ICC) of last October with a “comprehensive brief on this matter”. The full brief is published below. The ICC is currently also considering a submission (with additional information) prepared by lawyer and migration agent Tracie Aylmer (@taylmer). Wilkie and Barns first wrote to the ICC on October 22, 2014, requesting an investigation in accordance with Article 15(1) of the Rome Statute, “into crimes against humanity perpetrated by members of the Australian Government against persons arriving in Australian waters who are seeking protection”. Wilkie […]

Abbott Government back in International Criminal Court hot seat over #refugees: @jansant reports

The International Criminal Court (@IntlCrimCourt) in The Hague (ICC) is analysing additional information it has recieved, adding to information previously received, to determine if members of the Australian Government have a case to answer for alleged crimes against humanity. Confirmation was received by lawyer and migration agent Tracie Aylmer (@taylmer), in a letter (below) yesterday, January 30, 2015. The ICC said: The Office is analyzing the situation identified in your communication, with the assistance of other related communications and other available information. Aylmer’s original ICC submission was officially accepted for consideration by the ICC on May 19, 2014. It named senior members of the Australian Government: Australian Prime Minister Tony […]

Wilkie asks International Criminal Court to probe members of Cabinet over #Refugees: @Jansant reports

The independent Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie MP and human rights advocate and lawyer Greg Barns, have made a formal request to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, asking for an investigation into members of the Abbott Government for crimes against humanity. The request claims members of the Australian Government have contravened article 7 of The Rome Statute, thus committing crimes against humanity. The letter asks that all 19 members of federal Cabinet, including Prime Minster Tony Abbott and Immigration and Border Protection Minister Scott Morrison be investigated. A previous submission reported by No Fibs was made by lawyer and migration agent Tracie Aylmer. The ICC decided the […]

Alleged abuse against #refugees outside ICC jurisdiction: @jansant reports

The International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague has declined “further analysis” of evidence included in a submission authored by Tracie Aylmer, alleging atrocities against refugees committed by members of the Australian government. The ICC said in a letter (below) dated Thursday, September 18: “the allegations appear to fall outside the jurisdiction of the Court”. The letter continued: “many serious allegations will be beyond the reach of this institution to address. I note in this regard that the ICC is designed to complement, not replace national jurisdictions. Thus, if you wish to pursue this matter further, you may consider raising it with appropriate national or international authorities”. The ICC did […]

Morrison and Abbott named in International Criminal Court submission on #refugees: @jansant reports

THE International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague is currently considering a submission calling for an investigation into Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers. The submission was officially accepted by the ICC on May 19, 2014, it names senior members of government. No Fibs has now seen the full submission, however, after advice from experienced investigators, we decided against publishing the document. The advice was publication could harm any possible future investigation. We have published the executive summary (below). The submission was prepared by lawyer and migration agent Tracie Aylmer, who also does volunteer work in a legal capacity. Tracie told No Fibs she prepared the submission to ensure international law […]