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International Truth and Justice Project releases damning report about Sri Lankan military abuse

The International Truth and Justice Project have released a new report, based on several testimonies from survivors, about torture and abuse perpetrated by Sri Lanka’s security forces.
 
ITJP has also made a submission to the UN Committee for the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), based on sworn statements from 55 women, about the torture and abuse they faced under the custody of the Rajapaksa and Sirisena governments. 
 
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Senate Estimates: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee: Department of Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: Foreign Affairs Portfolio (Non-Trade Programs)

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Senator RHIANNON: I would like to pick up on PNG questions that I was asking earlier.

Mr McDonald: That would be Mr Sloper.

Senator RHIANNON: What safeguards have been put in place to ensure that the Australian government is not complicit, through its involvement in organising APEC 2018, in illegal land grabs, forced displacement and other forms of human rights abuses?

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Senate Estimates: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee: Department of Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: Foreign Affairs Portfolio (Non-Trade Programs)

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Senator RHIANNON: The Australian government is committed to being at the forefront of efforts to empower women and girls and to promote gender equality, particularly in our region, and I know that this is an interest of the minister. One of the 10 performance targets for Australia's aid program is to ensure that more than 80 per cent of investments, regardless of their objectives, will effectively address gender issues. What is the percentage of overseas development investments that address gender issues?

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World Vision Gaza allegations

Greens overseas aid spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon has called for the DFAT inquiry into allegations that World Vision's Gaza branch director Mohammad El Halabi diverted tens of millions of dollars to the military wing of Hamas to be quickly resolved to ensure the people of Gaza are not denied urgent humanitarian aid.

"It is vital that the allegations are speedily resolved to ensure there is no disruption of humanitarian aid going into Gaza," Senator Rhiannon said.

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Greens in support of women on Nauru

Yesterday Greens MP Dr Mehreen Faruqi joined the Australian Women in Support of Women on Nauru to launch the Protection Denied, Abused Condoned: Women on Nauru at Risk report. 

Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon said, ‘When we deny women on Nauru protection, we condone their abuse. It is actually very straightforward. 

‘The Greens want to see these detention centres, which continue to be destructive to so many people, closed down. 

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Labor’s aid commitment far too weak

Greens spokesperson for international aid and development Senator Lee Rhiannon said:

“Labor’s plan to rebuild our devastated overseas aid budget is to reverse the latest Turnbull cut. That is their entire proposal.

“Today they are falling over themselves to confirm they will retain massive aid cuts under the Liberal National government, after Morrison accused them of having a budget ‘black hole’. 

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