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Greens call to expedite Peter Greste appeal

Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne is pleased an appeal has been lodged to seek the overturning of the conviction that has locked Australian journalist Peter Greste behind bars in Egypt, calling on the Abbott government to renew its efforts to secure his release as soon as possible.

"The Egyptian legal system was shown to be wanting throughout the trial and now the eyes of the world are watching again in the hope that, this time, justice is finally delivered to Peter Greste and his colleagues," said Senator Milne.

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Abbott government must deny extremist entry to Australia

Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne has called on the Abbott government to deny an extremist alleged to have masterminded anti-Muslim violence in Sri Lanka entry to Australia.

Gnanasara Thero, who has been instrumental in inciting hatred against religious minorities in Sri Lanka and who is the General Secretary of the extremist Bodu Bala Sena sect, has applied for a visa and intends to tour Australia. Gnanasara Thero has reportedly been denied entry to the UK, France and the US.

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Greens call for swift appeal for Peter Greste

With the announcement today that Australian journalist Peter Greste will appeal the Egyptian court's conviction and seven-year sentence, Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne says it is incumbent on the Australian Government to press for a speedy resolution of the appeals process.

"It is clear that the Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will not intervene as long as legal processes are underway. It would be a travesty of justice if the appeals process drags on for many months," Senator Milne said.

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Greens condemn attack on UN shelter in Gaza

The Australian Greens say an attack on a UN school, designated as a shelter, makes it clear nowhere in Gaza is safe as long as the fighting continues.

"It is devastating to hear of more deaths and injuries, in what was meant to be a safe place for civilians in Gaza," said Greens Leader Christine Milne.

"This attack must be strongly condemned and I echo the UN's calls for the immunity of UN premises in Gaza, and humanitarian law, to be respected.

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Greens call for Gaza ceasefire

As Israeli troops enter Gaza by ground, the Australian Greens are calling on our government to exert its influence to help bring about a ceasefire.

"This is a shocking escalation of violence and it's going to mean many more deaths of civilians, particularly Palestinians, in Gaza," said Greens Leader Christine Milne.

"It is horrendous that the full military strength of a country like Israel would move against the Palestinians in Gaza, which is effectively one large, heavily populated refugee camp. It is appalling.

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Australia must actively pursue Gaza ceasefire

The Greens want the Australian Government to step up action in support of the UN Security Council's call for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza.

"We condemn the horrific escalation of violence that has resulted in the deaths of around 160 Palestinians including many children," Greens Leader Christine Milne said.

"The Israeli Government's bombing of Gaza and threats of a ground offensive puts the might of its military force against the Palestinian people.

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All violence in Israel Palestine must stop

Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne has raised deep concerns about the recent escalation of violence in the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine.

"The Greens extend our deepest condolences to the families of all those affected by the violence, including to the families of the Palestinians that have died in recent days, and the young Israeli men, and Palestinian man, murdered earlier this month," said Senator Milne.

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