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Major parties reject suspension of Sri Lanka from Councils of Commonweal​th

Lee Rhiannon 22 Sep 2011

The major parties, in rejecting a Greens Senate motion today calling for Sri Lanka to be suspended from the Councils of the Commonwealth, have failed to take action on the war crimes committed in Sri Lanka during the final stages of the civil war, Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon said.

The motion below, supported only by the nine Greens Senators, follows a round table on Sri Lanka held at Federal Parliament on Tuesday.

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Sri Lanka should be suspended from the Councils of the Commonwealth, says roundtable

Lee Rhiannon 20 Sep 2011

A round table held at Federal Parliament today resolved to call for a suspension of Sri Lanka from the Councils of the Commonwealth pending an international independent investigation into war crimes (see backgrounder below). This is the first time that groups in Australia have publicly made this call.

Greens Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon said: “Sri Lanka will continue to be the elephant in the room in Commonwealth forums until allegations of war crimes and discrimination are independently investigated and addressed.

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Question: CHOGM Visas

Lee Rhiannon 14 Sep 2011

Question on Notice, Wednesday 14 September 2011

(Question No. 1012)

Senator Rhiannon asked the Minister representing the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, upon notice, on 22 August 2011:

Can details be provided of who has applied for a visa to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting to be held in Perth in October 2011 as part of the delegation from Sri Lanka.

Senator Carr: The Minister for Immigration and Citizenship has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

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Support grows for a Sri Lanka war crimes tribunal

Lee Rhiannon 2 Aug 2011

Blog post by Senator Lee Rhiannon

On Saturday I joined members of the Sydney Tamil community and their supporters at their annual Black July vigil.

This moving event takes its name from the July 23 massacre of possibly 3000 Tamils in Colombo. The year was 1983 and Sri Lankan Government backers initiated riots and killings.

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Al-Nakba Day - Palestinian human rights a global priority

Lee Rhiannon 16 May 2011

Imagine your home is invaded, you are forced to flee your land and live in a tent as a refugee and that is where you raise your family.

Last month I met a young Palestinian woman who described to me how this had happened to her father 63 years ago.

It was 15 May 1948, a date commemorated by Palestinians as Al-Nakba Day. It means “day of the catastrophe”.

For Israel, this year  marks the 63rd anniversary of its birth as a nation state.

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