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Thursday, 16 February 2017
Page: 1142


Senator LUDLAM (Western AustraliaCo-Deputy Leader of the Australian Greens) (12:00): With great appreciation for the unanimous view of the Senate I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes:

   (i) the deeply concerning United Nations report, released on 3 February 2017, documenting atrocities against the Rohingya people in Myanmar, based on interviews with Rohingya refugees fleeing their home country,

   (ii) that the Australian Government has a history of diplomatic and political influence in the region, and is therefore well-placed to play a role in resolving this escalating crisis, and

   (iii) that the Australian community is becoming more and more concerned about the human rights situation in Myanmar; and

(b) invites the Australian Government to consider:

   (i) calling on the Government of Myanmar to assert religious and ethnic equality of all people in Myanmar, including the persecuted Rohingya people in Rakhine State, and

   (ii) calling for a United Nations Commission of Inquiry into human rights abuses in Myanmar.

Question agreed to.