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Greens secure senate support for Australia to back Sri Lankan war crimes investigation

Lee Rhiannon 13 Feb 2014

The Australian Senate has sent a powerful message to the UN and international community about supporting an international independent war crimes investigation in Sri Lanka. This is a long awaited response to horrific allegations of war crimes and human rights abuses committed in Sri Lanka.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott must end his appeasement of the Sri Lankan government which is designed to bolster his cruel refugee policies here in Australia. The world will be watching how Australia will be responding to this international call for a  war crimes investigation. Today we have sent a clear message to Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop. Australia has co-sponsored the last two United Nations General Assembly Human Rights Council resolutions on Sri Lanka, and it is crucial that Australia does the same at the coming March meeting.

I recently visited Sri Lanka to review human rights and I have consistently called for a war crimes investigation. I will continue to campaign strongly for one. I welcome Labor’s decision to now support this position.

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