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What Assistance did the Australian Government provide to the Sri Lankan Criminal Investigation Department (CID)?

Senator Scott Ludlam: asked the Attorney-General on 20 November 2015:

With reference to Australian Government assistance provided to the Sri Lankan Criminal Investigation Department (CID) :

(1) Can the Attorney-General confirm that Australia, via the Australian Federal Police (AFP) , has provided the CID with equipment, as revealed in an ABC 7.30 report on 3 August 2015; if so:

(a) on what date did the assistance begin;

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Australian Greens' statement on Sri Lankan elections

"The Australian Greens welcome the outcome of the Sri Lankan election, which has seen former president Mahinda Rajapaksa fail to return to power as the country's prime minister," Senator Scott Ludlam said today.

"I hope that this signals a new chapter for this nation which has been plagued by horrific civil war, war crimes and crimes against humanity, forced disappearances and ongoing human rights abuses that are currently under investigation by the United Nations.

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Greens call to protect people from being forcibly "disappeared"

On the UN's International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne says Australia must step up to help.

"State-sanctioned disappearance is a widespread problem in our region and Australia needs to actively participate in improving this horrible situation," said Senator Milne.

"It's shocking that recent UN figures show the Philippines, Nepal, Timor Leste, India and Indonesia each have hundreds of reviewed and outstanding cases.

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Abbott government must deny extremist entry to Australia

Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne has called on the Abbott government to deny an extremist alleged to have masterminded anti-Muslim violence in Sri Lanka entry to Australia.

Gnanasara Thero, who has been instrumental in inciting hatred against religious minorities in Sri Lanka and who is the General Secretary of the extremist Bodu Bala Sena sect, has applied for a visa and intends to tour Australia. Gnanasara Thero has reportedly been denied entry to the UK, France and the US.

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Rajapaksa's praise is Australia's shame

The Australian Greens are rejecting praise from a visiting member of the Rajapaksa family, saying it was not a "bold move" to withhold support from a UN war crimes investigation, but rather a shameful demonstration that Australia is appeasing the government in Sri Lanka to further Tony Abbott's domestic policies on asylum seekers.

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