LABOR STANDS UP FOR HUMAN RIGHTS IN SRI LANKA‏

 MEDIA RELEASE-Michelle Rowland MP-

Shadow Minister for Citizenship and Multiculturalism

Shadow Assistant Minister for Communications-Federal Member for Greenway

 

Labor has initiated a successful motion in the Australian Senate calling for Australia to co-sponsor the US-led resolution against Sri Lanka in the UNHRC and support an

international investigation into war time violations committed by both sides during the war.

 Federal Member for Greenway, Michelle Rowland, who represents one of the largest Sri Lankan populations in the country, said the motion reinforced Labor’s commitment to human rights.

 “This is an important step on getting Australia to co-sponsor the US-led resolution against Sri Lanka in the UNHRC,” Ms Rowland said.

 “Labor recognises that accountability and transparency is crucal for reconciliation in Sri Lanka and that’s why we are pushing Australia to support an international investigation into war time violations on both sides during the Sri Lankan civil war.

 “I represent a large Tamil and Sinhalese population who want reconciliation in their homeland and it is crucial Australia stands up on this matter.

 “The time has come for the International Community to actively promote human rights, political resolution and reconciliation in Sri Lanka.”

 FRIDAY, 14 FEBRUARY 2014

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