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FOREIGN AFFAIRS—SRI LANKA

Senator Madigan, also on behalf of Senator Xenophon, amended general business notice of motion no. 1211 by leave and, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved—That the Senate—

 (a) notes that:

  (i) the 22nd Session of the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council will this week vote on a resolution, tabled by the United States of America (US), urging Sri Lanka to fulfil its public commitments, including the devolution of political authority, which is integral to reconciliation and the full enjoyment of human rights by all members of its population,

  (ii) the resolution expresses concern at the continuing reports of human rights violations in Sri Lanka, including enforced disappearances, extrajudicial killings, torture, and violations of various rights of freedom, as well as intimidation of, and reprisals against, human rights defenders, and discriminations on the basis of religion or belief,


  (iii) the resolution has been co-sponsored by Austria, Canada, Croatia, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, France, Finland, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, St Kitts and Nevis, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the US, and

  (iv) the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has called for an independent and credible international investigation into alleged violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law in Sri Lanka; and

 (b) calls on the Government to:

  (i) add Australia to the list of co-sponsors of the resolution, and

  (ii) support efforts to secure the US-initiated resolution on Sri Lanka at the 22nd Session of the UN Human Rights Council, through the Australian permanent representative in Geneva.

Question put and passed.

Statement by leave: Senator Rhiannon, by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.