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Statement on the tragic events in Paris

Australian Greens Leader Dr Richard Di Natale has this morning expressed his deepest sympathies for the people of Paris.

"On behalf of the Australian Greens, our thoughts are with the people of Paris who have lost loved ones in this horrendous and senseless violence," said Senator Di Natale.

"It now appears that these coordinated attacks were a brutal act of terrorism and the perpetrators must be brought to justice.

"Australia should do whatever it can to assist France in this time of tragedy and heartbreak."

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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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