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Motion: Sri Lanka

Lee Rhiannon 21 Mar 2013

Senator MADIGAN (Victoria) (15:27): I seek leave to amend general business notice of motion No. 1211 standing in my name by removing the name of Senator Rhiannon and adding the name of Senator Xenophon.

Leave granted.

Senator MADIGAN: I, and also on behalf of Senator Xenophon, move the motion as amended:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

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Motion: Human rights in Iran

Senator Rhiannon: To move—

That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) with deep concern the human rights situation in Iran, including the use of the death penalty, the intimidation and arbitrary arrest of human rights and political activists, and the treatment of minorities,

(ii) with particular concern the situation of Ms Nasrin Sotoudeh, the Iranian human rights lawyer who has campaigned for ‘freedom, social security, the rule of law and justice’, and who has been imprisoned since 4 September 2010,

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Speech: November 27 - Maaveerar Naal

Lee Rhiannon 28 Nov 2012

Adjournment speech, Tuesday 27 November 2012

For Tamils all around the world, including in Sri Lanka, 27 November marks a very important and hauntingly sad day. In Tamil the day is known as Maaveerar Naal.

Veerar means 'warrior' or 'hero'; Maa means 'great'; and Naal means 'day'.

It is a day on which millions of Tamils will remember the hundreds and thousands of brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, children and the elderly who sacrificed their life in the 26-year-long struggle for their freedom.

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