Thursday, March 10th, 2011
The National President of the Australian Democrats, Ms Julia Melland, today called upon the Australian Government to make urgent representations to the Obama Administration, regarding the conditions of detention for WikiLeaks military whistleblower Bradley Manning.

Ms Melland said that Amnesty International had indicated grave concern about the conditions Manning was being held under. Ms Melland said, "Bradley Manning has yet to be convicted of any offence and it is a major concern that he is reportedly held in solitary confinement in a limited space for 23 hours a day".

Ms Melland said that she understood that the USA is a separate jurisdiction. However, in matters of human rights, it is important for democratic countries to voice concerns where appropriate, and this is clearly one such situation.

* Amnesty Note:

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