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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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Event: Time for Action on Sri Lanka war crimes

Lee Rhiannon 14 Oct 2011

Lee Rhiannon will be speaking at the following event on 27 October.

Shelves are groaning with reports by human rights monitors, amassing evidence of atrocities in Sri Lanka's civil war. Audiences in Australia - and many other countries - have seen the documentary, made by the UK's Channel Four TV, with its compelling visual material. And yet governments - and international bodies such as the UN and the Commonwealth - hold back from decisive action. What can Australia do? What can journalists do? What can you do?

Speakers:

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Question: CHOGM - Sri Lankan officials

Lee Rhiannon 30 Sep 2011

Question On Notice, Thursday 20 September 2011

(Question No. 1230)

Senator Rhiannon asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice, on 20th September 2011:

1. What steps has the Australian Government taken, or is taking to investigate whether Sri Lankan officials seeking to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in October 2011 have not been implicated in war crimes.

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