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Monday, 2 June 2003
Page: 15576

Mr ORGAN (1:48 PM) —In light of the Indonesian military action in Aceh—reports of murder, torture, rape and humanitarian rights abuses—and increasing concern in the Australian community that a humanitarian crisis similar to that witnessed in East Timor is in the making, the Australian Greens call on the federal government to (1) make provision for immediate humanitarian relief to those civilians who are now without food, shelter and access to medical assistance; (2) urge the Indonesian government to revoke the imposition of martial law in Aceh and to pull troops back to a defensive position; (3) call on the Indonesian government to return to the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement (CoHA) process and to resume a dialogue in pursuit of a political solution to the problems in Aceh; (4) urge the Indonesian government to allow the involvement of a third party, preferably a United Nations special envoy, to mediate in future dialogue; (5) offer a temporary safe haven to those who are already displaced and whose lives are under immediate threat by the actions of the Indonesian security forces; and (6) urge the Indonesian government to guarantee that international norms and conventions on the protection of civilians in war will be strictly adhered to and that the Indonesian government remains accountable for the actions of their security forces deployed in Aceh.