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Commonwealth must relocate CHOGM from Sri Lanka

Christine Milne 8 May 2013

The Australian Greens are calling on Julia Gillard to stop ignoring human rights abuses in Sri Lanka and push for CHOGM to be relocated.

"It is wrong for the Commonwealth to legitimise the human rights abuses of the Rajapaksa regime by proceeding to hold CHOGM in Sri Lanka," Senator Christine Milne said.

"Anyone who dissents from the Rajapaksa regime in Sri Lanka is under threat of arrest, imprisonment or disappearance including judges, academics, journalists or opposition politicians.

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Time for the Prime Minister and Tony Abbott to stand up on Sri Lankan human rights abuses

"Australia must end its 'see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil" attitude to the Sri Lankan government and end the cosiness of the relationship," Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne said today.

"With increasing evidence of torture, persecution and human rights abuses being conducted in Sri Lanka, including disturbing footage on the 7.30 Report last night that graphically showed burn marks on the back of a Tamil man, the Prime Minister and Bob Carr can no longer pretend it is not happening.

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HR Commissioner’s comments discredit offshore processing regime

The Human Rights Commissioner’s comments regarding offshore processing on Nauru have shown just how unacceptable the situation there is, the Australian Greens said.

 “The top expert on human rights in Australia has recognised that the human rights breaches that are happening on Nauru are totally unacceptable,” Greens’ spokesperson for immigration, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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