Who are we?
The Justice Campaign believes that universally recognised human rights and the rule of law should never be compromised. We believe that every person has the right to a fair trial.
To this end, we believe that the Australian Government has a responsibility to protect its citizens and foreign nationals from unfair and illegitimate processes. If an Australian citizen has been subjected to an unfair system, we believe that the Australian Government should formally recognise the unfairness of the system and in no way stand by any unlawful outcome.
The Justice Campaign believes that all human beings should be free from torture. We believe that the Australian Government should abide by its international legal obligations and thoroughly investigate allegations of torture made by its citizens, particularly if they are in any way complicit in their ongoing or prolonged detention. In addition, we believe that the Australian Government should do all it can to remove Australian citizens from situations that amount to torture, cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, and not legitimise any agreements or confessions obtained under torture.
The goal of this campaign is for the Australian Government to stand in line with the Obama administration and countless international law experts in recognising that the 2006 Military Commissions System did not establish a legitimate legal framework and was unfair.
As a matter of transparency and accountability, we believe that an independent investigation should be held into David Hicks’ case, and that all of the proceedings should be held in an open forum. If any Australian official or representative is found to be involved in illegal acts, such as complicity in torture, they should be held accountable.
The Hon. John Dowd AO QC is a patron of The Justice Campaign. Mr Dowd is the former leader of the Australian Liberal Party, and former Attorney-General. After his retirement from politics in 1991, he became a NSW Supreme Court judge and is now President of the Australian section of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) after working in as the Chairperson of the ICJ Executive Committee in Geneva. Mr Dowd has been awarded several honours including the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medal in 1977, and appointed an officer of the Order of Australia in 1992, and a Centenary Medal in 2001. He was created a Knight Commander of the Filipino Order of the Knights of Rizal in 1982. Mr Dowd has been committed to ensuring the rule of law and human rights are protected by the Australian government for both Australian citizens and foreign nationals. We are honoured to have him on board.
Brandon Neely is also a patron of the Justice Campaign. Brandon is a veteran of the Iraq war and was stationed at Guantanamo
from 2002-2004. Brandon escorted David Hicks off the bus to his cage in Camp X-Ray and was responsible for guarding detainees. After witnessing the inhumane treatment of those held in Guantanamo Bay, including beatings and assaults, he refused to go back to active duty and ever since has been extremely brave and outspoken about the illegal treatment he witnessed. Brandon now lives in Texas where he is a police officer.
Stephen Kenny is the spokesperson of The Justice Campaign. Stephen has been involved in human rights and social justice issues for many years in his capacity as Counsel and advisor. He represented David Hicks for many years whilst he was detained in Guantanamo Bay. Amongst his many roles as a human rights defender, Stephen is currently one of the directors of Camatta Lempens Lawyers. Stephen has received the Justice Award from the Law Society, was highly commended by the Australian Human Rights Commission, and won the Social Justice Award from the Knights of the Southern Cross. Stephen has been a huge support to the Hicks family, especially David’s father, Terry, and is tireless in his efforts to ensure that justice for David Hicks becomes a reality.
The Justice Campaign is run voluntarily by a team of dedicated individuals with a range of expertise. The team is made up of concerned citizens, human rights and social justice advocates, lawyers and academics.
Our not-for-profit organisation is run by a few dedicated volunteers and is funded purely by donations from the public.