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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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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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