Julie Bishop, act now to #BringJamesRicketsonHome or my innocent father will die in jail
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My Australian adopted dad, James Ricketson has the kindest heart - yet he’s holed up in a Cambodian prison without even having committed a crime.
Unless the Australian government responds quickly, my innocent dad could die in jail. I’m petrified - every day matters now as he gets sicker.
I’m so worried for dad’s rapidly deteriorating health - he’s 68, frail and squashed in a tiny cell with 27 others. It’s so cramped, they have to take it in turns to lie down. Body lice are eating him alive.
Dad is an Australian documentary maker/journalist. His only crime is kindness and using his award winning documentaries to portray the truth.
The Cambodian government is holding him indefinitely without charge for the ridiculous and untrue accusation of espionage / spying as an Australian citizen - which carries 15 years. All he did was fly a drone over an opposition party rally, which isn’t even illegal.
Julie Bishop has the ability to use diplomatic persuasion to achieve the Dad’s release - yet she’s refusing to intervene.
Dad was making a documentary about Australia’s abused street kids when he adopted me and loved me as his own daughter. He saved my life.
He was one of the first men in my life to show me kindness but now the Australian government has turned their back on him.
- Prime Minister of Australia
The Hon Malcom Turnbull
- Attorney General of Australia
Hon Christian Porter MP,
- Minister for Foreign Affairs.
Hon Julie Bishop
To the Honourable Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives
Principal petitioner Ms Roxanne Holmes
We the petitioners are concerned with the inaction of the government with regard to spurious claims made by the Cambodian courts that James Ricketson has committed espionage with a view to supplying information to a foreign state (Australia) or its agents which are liable to prejudice their national defence.
Since June 3rd 2017 Australian filmmaker James Ricketson has languished ill in gaol, accused of being a spy for the Australian government.
By default, claims being made by the Cambodian courts are not only directed at James Ricketson but also at the Australian government and therefore the people of Australia.
That such allegations can be aired by Cambodian authorities with no redress by the Australian government; either diplomatically or through economic sanctions, is beyond the ken of all fair-minded people.
We the petitioners request that the house;
Sanctions the Australian government for failure to rectify this matter
Directs the government to demand evidence of the charges laid against both James Ricketson and by default, the Australian government, or to immediately release James Ricketson into the care of the Australian government
Directs the Australian government to sanction the Cambodian government for making spurious claims against our nation state.
Directs the government to halt all Australian foreign aide to Cambodia until such a time that James Ricketson is released into the care of the Australian government.
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