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Malcolm Fraser reiterates call for Australia to reconsider attendance at CHOGM in Sri Lanka

 

Former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser, the Australian Greens and the Australian Tamil Congress have joined over 2700 individuals to request that Prime Minister Julia Gillard reconsiders attending the 2013 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Sri Lanka. 

This call comes as the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) meets in London today (26 April).

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Motion: Sri Lanka

Lee Rhiannon 21 Mar 2013

Senator MADIGAN (Victoria) (15:27): I seek leave to amend general business notice of motion No. 1211 standing in my name by removing the name of Senator Rhiannon and adding the name of Senator Xenophon.

Leave granted.

Senator MADIGAN: I, and also on behalf of Senator Xenophon, move the motion as amended:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

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Carr challenged on Sri Lanka visit at time of human rights abuses

Foreign Minister Bob Carr's decision to strengthen Australia's military and intelligence cooperation with the Sri Lankan government at a time when there are increasing reports of human rights abuses directly linked to the Rajapakse regime has been criticised by Australian Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon.

"I urge Minister Carr to acquaint himself with reports out of Sri Lanka that on 12 December, 17 Tamil women were admitted to a hospital in Northern Sri Lanka. There is concern that these women had been sexually abused and brutalised by the Sri Lankan military", said Senator Rhiannon.

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Speech: November 27 - Maaveerar Naal

Lee Rhiannon 28 Nov 2012

Adjournment speech, Tuesday 27 November 2012

For Tamils all around the world, including in Sri Lanka, 27 November marks a very important and hauntingly sad day. In Tamil the day is known as Maaveerar Naal.

Veerar means 'warrior' or 'hero'; Maa means 'great'; and Naal means 'day'.

It is a day on which millions of Tamils will remember the hundreds and thousands of brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, children and the elderly who sacrificed their life in the 26-year-long struggle for their freedom.

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