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Response to Sri Lanka's ban of the Australian Tamil Congress

Lee respond's to the Sri Lankan government's decision to label 16 overseas Tamil organizations as financers of terrorism.

See PR by Human Rights Watch

I work with many people from the Tamil and broader Sri Lankan community as well as a range of community groups in regards to my work advocating for justice in Sri Lanka. The Australian Tamil Congress and the Global Tamil Forum are two of these groups.

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Take back torture comments, Senate urges Prime Minister

Prime Minister Tony Abbott will be asked to justify his remarks excusing torture in Sri Lanka following the success of an Australian Greens motion today.

The motion by Senator Penny Wright and Senator Lee Rhiannon called on Mr Abbott to retract his comments that 'we accept that sometimes in difficult circumstances difficult things happen' and was passed with the support of the opposition.

"There are absolutely no circumstances where torture is justifiable," Australian Greens spokesperson on Human Rights Senator Wright said.

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Motion calling on the Prime Minister to retract his comments on torture

We move that the Senate

1.       notes that

a.       10 December is Human Rights Day, proclaimed by the United Nations' General Assembly in 1950;

b.      on 15 November 2013 the Prime Minister said, regarding reports of torture by Sri Lankan security forces, that 'we accept that sometimes in difficult circumstances difficult things happen'; and

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