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15th anniversary of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security

909 Senators Ludlam and Moore:

To move-That the Senate-

(a) celebrates the 15th anniversary of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security (UNSCR 1325);

(b) recognises that women and girls are disproportionately affected by armed conflict, and that women's participation in peace processes is vital to international peace and security;

(c) notes the inadequate implementation of UNSCR 1325 internationally, despite repeated commitments from parties to the resolution;

(d) calls:

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#estimates - Myanmar's election

Thursday, 22 October 2015 FOREIGN AFFAIRS, DEFENCE AND TRADE LEGISLATION COMMITTEE

Senator XENOPHON: Recognising that the situation is fragile—this is the first time since I guess 1990 that there has been an attempt to hold an election on this scale—has Australia, given that we are a major donor and are in good standing with the authorities there, I think it is reasonable to say, raised concerns about that systematic disenfranchisement? This is not hundreds of people we are talking about; it is hundreds of thousands.

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No military “solution” to the security needs of Israelis and Palestinians: Greens

The Australian Greens have called on the Australian Government to break its silence and help de-escalate the spiral of violence in Israel, occupied East Jerusalem and the Gaza strip.

"Until the siege of Gaza is lifted and the Israeli authorities cease the expansion of illegal settlements in the occupied territories, pressure will continue to boil over into violence," Australian Greens foreign affairs spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said today.

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The first step to a political solution is to stop the bombing

The Greens have welcomed Prime Minister Turnbull's statement that the only way forward in Syria is a political solution, and have urged him to stop RAAF bombing immediately.

"The Greens have said all along that without a clear plan, military action is just adding to the chaos in Syria", Australian Greens Deputy Leader and Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said today. 

"Clearly the first thing Prime Minister Turnbull should do is immediately halt Australian bombing missions in Syria.

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Greens join call for independent investigation into MSF bombing

An independent investigation into the appalling Médecins Sans Frontières hospital bombing in Kunduz is an absolute necessity, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said today.

"MSF perform a vital humanitarian role in conflict regions around the world. Medical professionals, at great risk to themselves, step up to treat victims of armed conflict. They don't choose sides, they just treat the victim right in front of them. Every effort must be made to ensure that they can do so in safety.

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Greens respond to government's UN Human Rights Council seat push

Responding to reports that Australia is standing for a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council for the 2018-2020 term, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said;

“In March of this year the United Nations Special Rapportuer on Torture found that aspects of Australia’s asylum seeker policies violate the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.

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