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Rudd remains tight-lipped on Sri Lanka war crimes: Greens

Lee Rhiannon 9 Feb 2012

The Australian government is lagging behind leaders in the UK and Canada in refusing to acknowledge the bias in the findings of Sri Lanka’s Lesson Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC).

Labor and the Coalition joined together today to vote down a Greens motion noting the inadequacies of the LLRC final report and calling on the government to join other countries in calling for an independent international investigation (motion below).

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Failed intelligence review

Lee Rhiannon 26 Jan 2012

Australian Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon has backed the Australia Day call by Civil Liberties Australia for a new inquiry into the impact ten years of counter-terrorism measures have had on lives and liberties of Australians. This follows the release yesterday of the Independent Review of the Intelligence Community.

“When parliament resumes in two weeks I will move to establish an independent inquiry into the impact of Australia’s anti-terror measures,” Senator Rhiannon said.

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Greens NSW reviews BDS

Lee Rhiannon 4 Dec 2011

The Greens NSW State Council meeting held this weekend discussed the report of the Review of the Greens involvement in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign, Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon said.

“The Report and the recommendations were adopted unanimously,” Senator Rhiannon said.

"The new resolution will replace the BDS resolution adopted by the Greens NSW in December 2010.

"This resolution recognises the legitimacy of the BDS as a political tactic and also recognises that there is a diversity of views in the community and the Greens.

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Call for govt action on Australian detained in Israel

Lee Rhiannon 7 Nov 2011

Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon has called on the Israeli government to immediately release Michael Coleman, an Australian member of the Freedom Waves to Gaza Flotilla, who has been arrested by the Israeli Defence Force.

"I have also asked the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to work hard to ensure Mr Coleman is safe and is released without delay," Senator Rhiannon said.

 "It is the Israeli Defence Forces that have acted illegally as the boat Mr Coleman and other Freedom Waves participants were on was in international waters when intercepted.

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Question: CHOGM Visas

Lee Rhiannon 2 Nov 2011

Question on Notice, Wednesday 2 November 2011

(Question No. 1229)

Senator Rhiannon asked the Minister representing the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, upon notice, on 21 September 2011:

Will the 'character test' under section 501 of the Migration Act 1958 and the Public Interest Criteria under the Migration Regulations 1994, be applied to assess visa applications for the delegation from Sri Lanka travelling to Perth for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in October 2011; if not, why not.

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Australian human rights record damaged by failure to act on Sri Lankan war crimes

Lee Rhiannon 26 Oct 2011

Commenting on the arrival of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa in Australia for CHOGM, Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon said: "Attorney General Robert McClelland's decision to refuse permission for a criminal investigation of Mr Rajapaksa under the Commonwealth criminal code seriously tarnishes Australia's human rights record.

"The Attorney General should have allowed this case to be tested in court," Senator Rhiannon said.

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PM should raise war crimes tribunal with Sri Lankan President today

Lee Rhiannon 26 Oct 2011

Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon today called on Prime Minister Gillard to raise in her meeting with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is visiting Australia for CHOGM, the need for an international investigation into war crimes committed during the civil war.

"The Australian government has been tiptoeing around while international calls grow for the Sri Lankan government to agree to an independent investigation into war crimes," Senator Rhiannon said.

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Greens push for recall of Sri Lankan High Commissioner

Lee Rhiannon 19 Oct 2011

The Australian Greens have written to Prime Minister Julia Gillard to ask her to issue a formal request to the Sri Lankan government to recall its High Commissioner, Thisara Samarasinghe, pending an independent investigation into his role in alleged war crimes during the Sri Lankan civil war.

"If the Sri Lankan government refuses to recall the High Commissioner, the Prime Minister should expel Mr Samarasinghe pending an independent international war crimes investigation," Australian Greens Leader Bob
Brown said in Canberra.

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