Injustice

I wan’t to tell you about a lady from the UK called Hannah Smith.

You won’t have heard about Hannah in the news because her government would like to keep her story quiet. They prefer that others do the same and the mainstream media generally just don’t care.

Hannah has just been released from jail after a 40 day hunger strike and has been forced to leave her home, family and friends as she must spend the next three years in another country.

Why on earth was she on hunger strike you ask?

Let me explain.

Hannah was originally arrested on 14th September 2009.
She was held for 8 days, during which her lawyer claims she suffered from the following abuse:

  • She was put in solitary confinement for 8 days straight with no sunlight.
  • she was interrogated solidly between 10am and late evening everyday.
  • She was beaten on the hands and arms.
  • she was tied to her bed and photographed.

At the end of these 8 days she was then held over for another 9 days which authorities claim was for the purposes of investigation.

On 29th September 2009 a six-month administrative detention order was placed on Hannah on the premise that she posed a threat to security. The order was set to expire on 28 March 2010.

At the judicial review of the order, which took place on 5 October 2009 the 6 month detention was upheld due to secret evidence that she was planning a terrorist attack. She had also allegedly begun preparation for said attack but proof of this was never brought before the court.

Seventeen days of investigation, including eight days of consecutive interrogation did not prove the suspicions against Hannah and no evidence of the alleged “intention” was brought before the court.

At no point did the court establish Hannah’s association with a terrorist group nor did they establish whether she was supposed to be working alone or as part of a group.

All suspicions directed towards Hannah remained vague and general, leaving her without any legitimate means to defend herself.

Her Lawyers were not permitted to see the “secret information” used as a basis for the detention order, rendering any possible legal defense meaningless.

Hannah’s attorneys filed an appeal against her administrative detention order, but the appeal was refused and Hannah’s order remained set until 13 March 2010.
This was subsequently extended for six months.
On 12 September 2010, Hannah’s administrative detention order was extended for an additional six month period.
In March 2011, her order was again renewed, and in July 2011 it was renewed for a fourth time, due to expire on 9 November 2011.

Hannah was released from prison on 18 October 2011.

25 months in Jail without charge and with no real proof presented to support her detention.

She was then arrested AGAIN less than 4 months later for being a “perceived security threat”. She was again held without charge and therefore decided to protest by going on hunger strike.

She remained on hunger strike until she began to bleed from her nose and mouth.

Now having been released she must spend the next 3 years away from her family and friends in another country.

I cannot express just how sad and angry I felt when I read this woman’s story, to me it was a total injustice.

How does it make you feel?

Angry?

Sad?

Or do you think there’s nothing wrong with her treatment?

Do you think this should go unchecked?

Would it shock you to know that she is just one of many people treated this way?

Do you, like me, wonder why on earth this is not front page news!?

Well let me tell you why…

 

 

Hannah Smith from the UK is actually Hana Shalabi from Israel.

Do you feel any differently now?

If not, do some reading using the links below and find out just how much goes on that you never hear about as it’s outside the comfort zone of the media in this country.

About Hana:
BBC News report about Hana’s release
Full details of Hana’s detention

General Injustice and Mis-information:
in-need-of-protection-palestinian-female-prisoners.pdf
Injustice Needs a Voice
Iran is not the problem