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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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Al-Sisi must pardon Greste

Greens Foreign Affairs spokesperson Scott Ludlam says it is great news that jailed Al Jazeera journalists Mohamad Fahmy and Baher Mohamed have been pardoned by Egyptian President al-Sisi, but is dismayed that this clemency has not yet been extended to their Australian colleague Peter Greste.

"We are thrilled for Mohamad and Baher and their families, who have been so strong throughout this drawn out injustice of 21 months in prison for doing their jobs," said Senator Ludlam.

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Our Hornets Should Be Flying Home

The Australian Greens today urged new Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to bring our military personnel home from Syria and Iraq.

"Prime Minister Turnbull has the opportunity now to reverse the most disastrous of Tony Abbott's 'captain's calls'. There is no more serious responsibility than the deployment of our armed service personnel. Until and unless there is a clear plan for a way forward, all we're accomplishing in Syria is putting more civilians at risk," Australian Greens Deputy Leader and Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said today.

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Syrian air strikes: PM Abbott throws Australia onto the wrong side of history

The Australian Greens have condemned the Abbott Government's decision to commence airstrikes in Syria, warning it will worsen the refugee crisis and aggravate extremism.

"At a time when our community is desperate to show compassion to people fleeing war in Syria, Tony Abbott is dropping bombs," said Greens Leader Richard Di Natale.

"I'm so proud of the way Australians have told the government loud and clear that we are strong enough to offer protection to people seeking refuge from war.

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Greens call for genuine strength in Syrian response

The Australian Greens have today called on the Abbott Government not to mistake the use of force with showing genuine strength when it comes to helping the four million people fleeing Syria.

“Four million people are fleeing war in Syria at a time when there are record numbers of displaced people around the world. We are strong enough to give a home to 20,000 extra refugees without trading one vulnerable fleeing family for another,” said Australian Greens Leader, Dr Richard Di Natale.

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As Gaza moves towards collapse, Australia remains silently complicit

Australian Greens foreign affairs spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam has accused the Australian government of unforgivable silence over the blockade of Gaza, in light of a UN statement today that the area will become uninhabitable by 2020 if the current economic conditions there continue.

"Ordinary Palestinians have been caught up in this political siege for too long," Senator Ludlam said.

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Greens condemn miscarriage of justice

Australian Greens foreign affairs spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam today condemned the conviction of Peter Greste.

 “Journalism is not a crime,” said Senator Ludlam.

“This entire situation has been one injustice after another and this verdict ensures that Peter and his fellow journalists will carry the stain of that injustice for the rest of their lives.

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Australian Greens' statement on Sri Lankan elections

"The Australian Greens welcome the outcome of the Sri Lankan election, which has seen former president Mahinda Rajapaksa fail to return to power as the country's prime minister," Senator Scott Ludlam said today.

"I hope that this signals a new chapter for this nation which has been plagued by horrific civil war, war crimes and crimes against humanity, forced disappearances and ongoing human rights abuses that are currently under investigation by the United Nations.

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