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Blog: Visiting Villawood

Blog post by Senator Lee Rhiannon

When I heard that another mother had been imprisoned at Villawood with her two children I went out to meet them. I regularly visit this detention centre, in Sydney's western suburbs, and have come to know quite a few of the detainees in there

I find most of my visits to Villawood are distressing, but this time it was especially difficult. There are now three mothers locked up indefinitely with no reason as to why and with a debilitating fear of what the future holds for their children.

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Chris Bowen visit puts Labor's self interest before human rights

Minister for Immigration Chris Bowen should use his current visit to Sri Lanka to take up the issue of ongoing human rights abuses, rather than pandering to the Rajapakse government to shore up ongoing co-operation with Australia against people smuggling, says Greens Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon.

"It is a disgrace to learn that ahead of his Sri Lanka visit Minister Bowen praised the Rajapakse government for co-operating with Australia against people smuggling," Senator Rhiannon said.

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Sri Lanka: Breakthrough at UN Human Rights Council

Lee Rhiannon 23 Mar 2012

MEDIA RELEASE 23 March 2012

Sri Lanka: Breakthrough at UN Human Rights Council

Australian Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon in welcoming the UN Human Rights Council resolution on Sri Lanka said that it is a long awaited first step by the international community to hold the Sri Lankan Government to account for the war crimes committed during the civil war.

"The passing of this resolution is a sign that the international community is not willing to be hoodwinked by the Government of Sri Lanka,” Senator Rhiannon said.

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Greens secure unanimous support for action on Sri Lanka at UN

Lee Rhiannon 21 Mar 2012

The Australian Greens today secured support for a motion urging the Federal government to come out in support a US motion before the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) this week calling on the Sri Lankan government to initiate credible and independent actions into war crimes.

The motion, moved by Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon, Foreign Minister Bob Carr and Senator Gary Humphries, is below. A vote is expected on the US-sponsored resolution at the UNHRC this Friday.

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