Media Release: Dr Haneef's Lawyer Launches Terrorism Laws Guide Print E-mail
Thursday, 17 July 2008


MEDIA RELEASE: Dr Haneef's Lawyer Launches Terrorism Laws Guide in community languages


SYDNEY, 17 July 2008 – Dr Haneef’s lawyer Peter Russo is today launching a Terrorism Laws guide in English and three community languages: Arabic, Bahasa Indonesia and Urdu.


The series of publications is now in its third edition, titled Anti-Terrorism Laws: ASIO, the Police and You, produced by the Australian Muslim Civil Rights Advocacy Network (AMCRAN).  The series is a practical guide to people's rights and responsibilities under Australia’s counter-terrorism laws.


“This booklet provides an excellent ready reckoner for Australian citizens who come to deal with law enforcement agencies,” said Mr Peter Russo. “I hope, by the awareness it creates, it will assist to redress the imbalance which often occurs when the individual is faced with the might of the executive.”


Other guest speakers at the launch today include Ms Marika Dias of the Federation of Community Legal Centres (Vic) Inc., and Dr Zachariah Mathews of the Australian Islamic Mission and who is a board member of AMCRAN.


Ms Marika Dias also acknowledged the significance of the publication: “In the context of the 'war on terror', we have seen the introduction of a raft of anti-democratic laws and coercive powers,” said Ms Dias. "We have also seen the targeting of certain ethnic and religious communities by law enforcement and intelligence gathering agencies. That's why a booklet like ASIO, the Police and You is such an important community resource.”


Dr Zachariah Matthews said: “Recent events such as Dr Haneef's detention and the findings that ASIO officers acted improperly in detaining and questioning Izhar Ul-Haque show the terrorism laws are open to abuse of power.AMCRAN encourages Muslims in particular and all Australians to know and assert their legal, civil and political rights.”


Guest speakers will be available for media interviews via telephone from 9 am to 10 am, and in person after formal proceedings from 11:30 am. 


When:             Thursday 17 July 2008

Time:               10 am – 12 pm

Where:            Lansdowne Room, Bankstown Town Hall, Cnr Chapel & Rickard Rds, Bankstown



Sanmati Verma (Legal convenor, AMCRAN)  0410 923 041


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