- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: New Holland Publishers (March 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1741107571
- ISBN-13: 978-1741107579
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.1 x 9.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,508,454 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Standing Ground Paperback – March 1, 2009
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About the Author
Kay Danes is probably best known for her arrest with her husband in Laos under the false charge of jewellery smuggling. Kay and her husband, Kerry were in a Laos prison for a crime they did not commit and spent months behind bars with no clean water, torture sessions around them constantly, and unfair and cruel treatment of prisoners with convictions without trials. She now spends her time supporting people imprisoned in foreign countries and campaigning for the end of the death penalty. She is dedicated to educating people on human rights.
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What followed was a nightmare of Kafkaesque proportions. She was separated from her children and taken to the notorious Phonthong Prison where Kerry had been also been detained. That became their home for the ensuing ten months where they were tortured, suffered and witnessed unspeakable human rights abuses.
The book is a remarkable testament to the author's courage and conviction not to give up hope nor to give in to constant threatening demands to plead guilty to crimes neither she nor Kerry committed. Written in clear, no-nonsense language it also describes the behind-the-scenes efforts by diplomats and politicians right up to the Australian Prime Minister, to get them freed from the clutches of an unjust communist system which held them. It is difficult to put down.
While most books can be said to be entertaining that might be an inappropriate description for this one. Standing Ground is a harrowing account of an ordinary citizen's fight for justice and freedom - it is a riveting read.