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Op-ed: Australia must act beyond self-interest

If we needed any more evidence that a large part of the Abbott government's foreign affairs agenda is motivated purely by domestic power games over refugees, we need look no further than the current session of the UN Human Rights Committee in Geneva.

A vote is due there tonight on a resolution endorsing an international investigation into war crimes and human rights abuses during the Sri Lankan civil war.

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Labor blocks Senate motion on illegal settlements

The UN General Assembly last year proclaimed 2014 the International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, yet illegal settlements continue to be built on the West Bank with little criticism from Australia.

Attempting to move a motion in the Senate this week, Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne said:

"It is disgraceful that when in Israel recently the Foreign Minister Julie Bishop questioned whether the unlawful settlements were in fact illegal at all.

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‘We have to do more' - Greens Leader marks 30 days of imprisonment of Australian activist in Russia

Thirty days after the Greenpeace protest vessel the Arctic Sunrise was boarded by armed Russian officials, Greens Leader Christine Milne has renewed calls for the Australian Government to do more to secure the release of citizen Colin Russell, who was today denied bail on ludicrous piracy charges.

"It is a tragedy that Colin Russell has been refused bail. It must be a frightening situation for him," Senator Milne said.

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PM Abbott must meet Putin at APEC on Australian Greenpeace detainee

The Prime Minister is attending the APEC Summit in Bali this weekend and must use the opportunity to make representations on behalf of Australian citizen Colin Russell who has been imprisoned and charged with piracy in Russia, says Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne.

"Prime Minister Abbott must step in after a week of silence from the Australian Government," Senator Milne said.

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