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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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