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Travel to Libya to press for Melinda Taylor’s release

June 18, 2012

Foreign Minister Bob Carr will today travel to Libya for direct discussions with Libyan authorities, representatives from the International Criminal Court and relevant ambassadors to press for the release of Australian lawyer Melinda Taylor.

Ms Taylor has been detained in Zintan along with three colleagues from the ICC since June 7.

Senator Carr said he had modest expectations, as the Libyan Foreign Minister had advised Ms Taylor was facing an investigative process.

“Along with our Ambassador David Ritchie, I will be pursuing again the case for full consular access, for contact between Ms Taylor and her family, and for a swift end to her detention.

“I am cautious about commenting on the specifics of the allegations, and have modest expectations from the talks today.

“But we will press the case that Ms Taylor is in Libya under the mandate of the ICC and United Nations Security Council, and this mandate provides a legal immunity.

“It is Australia’s view that Ms Taylor should be afforded consular access, and should no longer be detained.”

Senator Carr is in the region for a meeting of the Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Initiative in Istanbul, and for one-day meetings in Algeria and Morocco.

  1. June 18, 2012 4:19 pm

    It is of great concern that the Libyan authorities are not respecting the human rights – and international norms concerning diplomatic protection – of the ICC delegates. This is disappointing for a new regime that has received such goodwill from the international community – and Australia in particular from the outset of the civil war.

  2. John Mountbatten permalink
    June 18, 2012 5:20 pm

    Good Luck Bob!

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