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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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Greens welcome Mao concerts cancellation

The Australian Greens have congratulated activists in Sydney and Melbourne for their successful campaign to cancel concerts celebrating the reign of Mao Zedong.

"Many people in the Chinese Australian community stood up against these concerts, and we share in their gratitude to both venues for listening to these concerns," Greens Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said today.

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Greens welcome UN court decision on South China Sea

The Greens have welcomed the Permanent Court of Arbitration ruling that China’s attempts to claim territorial rights in the South China Sea have no basis, and called on all parties to the brewing conflict to abide by this decision.

“Peace and stability in our region will only be achieved if all parties to the South China Sea conflict respect the decision of the Court,” said Greens foreign affairs spokesperson and co-deputy leader Scott Ludlam.

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Greens back calls for investigation into Cambodia attacks

The Australian Greens have backed Human Rights Watch’s call for a full and independent investigation into attacks on opposition politicians in Cambodia, and raised grave concerns on repeated attacks on democracy in Cambodia.

“These are brazen, violent attacks against members of the Cambodian Parliament, and against democracy in Cambodia. Attempted arrests of parliamentarians, violent attacks, and deployment of paramilitary forces to raid opposition party headquarters have no place in a democratic society,” said Senator Ludlam.

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Greens join international calls for West Papuan self-determination

The Australian Greens are joining parliamentarians around the world in advocating for the right of the West Papuan people to determine their own political future.

"On the eve of our own election being called, how can we stand by and watch democracy fail so spectacularly for one of our close neighbours?" asked Australian Greens Leader Richard Di Natale, who in 2012 launched Australia's chapter of the International Parliamentarians for West Papua.

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