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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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Another Médecins Sans Frontières hospital tragedy

The Australian government should focus on diplomatic and humanitarian efforts in Syria, in the wake of the tragic Médecins Sans Frontières hospital bombing in Aleppo, the Australian Greens said today.

"We should withdraw our forces immediately, and dedicate our considerable diplomatic capacity and our resources to a humanitarian response. The last thing we should be doing is further adding to the chaos in Syria", Australian Greens Co-Deputy Leader and Foreign Affairs spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said today.

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Greens welcome East Timor conciliation proceedings

The Australian Greens have welcomed moves by East Timor to commence United Nations conciliation proceedings related to the maritime boundary in the Timor Sea.

“Negotiations over this border have not been conducted in good faith, with the Australian Government more interested in bullying and self-interest than in securing a fair outcome. We welcome these proceedings as an opportunity for the boundary to be fairly and finally resolved,” said Greens Senator Scott Ludlam.

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Greens statement on Lahore bombing

Our hearts go out to those impacted by the devastating attack on families celebrating Easter at a public park in Lahore this weekend.

The killing of around 65 innocent people and the wounding of many more, mostly women and children, is an atrocity.

For the international community it is an almost overwhelming tragedy, coming so soon after the senseless violence that killed at least 28 people in Brussels and 41 in Baghdad.

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Greens statement on bombings in Brussels

On behalf of the Australian Greens I wish to extend my most heartfelt condolences to the people of Brussels, particularly those who have lost loved ones in this awful, senseless attack.

We must all join in condemning such violent and criminal acts and must not allow fear to divide our community. 

At a time when peace and security are under threat around the world, we must come together, to ensure that the perpetrators of these terrible acts are brought to justice.

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