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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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Sri Lanka response: Rudd fails to call for independent war crimes investigation

Lee Rhiannon 13 Feb 2012

Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd, in his delayed response to Sri Lanka's Lesson Learn and Reconciliation Commission report, is out of step with Western nations by failing to call for an independent international investigation into war crimes, says Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon (Rudd media release).

Last Thursday Senator Rhiannon criticised Minister Rudd for the two month delay in responding to the LLRC Commission report, despite him citing the need to wait for the report before speaking out about Sri Lankan war crimes.

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