HICKS' GUANTANAMO BAY CELL TO TOUR AUSTRALIA
When Amnesty International Australia decided that it was time for Australians to see first hand what life is like inside Guantanamo Bay, and give the public the facts about David Hick’s case, they approached Sydney based Voluntas to be the lead digital agency.
Aaron Dormer, the CEO of Voluntas said: “AIA required a strategic partner with the ability to rapidly design and deploy the technical solution, and mobile street installation in less than eight weeks whilst managing the ongoing logistics of the full-scale replica of Guantanamo Bay detention cell touring over 30 locations in 3 months.
Sydney residents were the first to get a rare look behind the walls of Guantanamo Bay when Amnesty International Australia presented the installation in Martin Place today. The installation is a replica of a ‘single occupancy’ (solitary confinement) cell in which Australian David Hicks is being held. He has been detained in Guantanamo Bay for more than five years, despite having never been tried or convicted of a crime.
Guantanamo Bay is a US-run prison camp in Cuba. There is compelling evidence David Hicks has been subjected to torture and other ill-treatment during his time there, and kept in solitary confinement for 22 hours a day for at least the past 12 months.
Says Dormer: “To our knowledge the project is the first of its kind using this combination of technologies and of this scale in the country. The public will have an opportunity to join the campaign to bring David Hicks home using Tablet PC technology. Digital signatures provided by the public will cascade across one of the
large (42”) plasma video screens mounted on the side of the cell. The other plasma will show 5 years of world events that David Hicks has missed while in detention without trial. The public will also be provided with an opportunity to make a secure donation online to help AIA in their Human Rights and Security campaign.