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Senate calls for a UN Commission of Inquiry into human rights abuses in Myanmar

Today, the Senate invited the Australian Government to consider calling for a UN Commission of Inquiry into human rights abuses in Myanmar.  The Senate motion was in response to the atrocities being committed against the Rohingya people in Rakhine State. 

The Senate also urged the Government to call on Myanmar to assert religious and ethnic equality of all people.

Australian Greens Co-Deputy Leader and Foreign Affairs spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam moved the motion. 

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Greens Welcome Bishop's Syria Withdrawal Suggestion

The Greens have welcomed the surprise suggestion by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop that the US and Russia consider military withdrawal from the Syrian conflict.

“This is an important recognition that the path to peace in Syria lies through military draw-down rather than persisting with endless escalation,” Greens defence spokesman Senator Ludlam said. 

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Pretty speeches abroad, human rights violations at home

The Prime Minister's pitch for UN Human Rights Council Membership appears to be operating in a parallel universe, the Australian Greens said today.

"Australia's own record of human rights violations is facing international condemnation like never before, and until the bipartisan race to the bottom ceases, the Government has no hope of making a persuasive case for Membership," Acting Greens leader Senator Scott Ludlam said today.

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