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FOREIGN AFFAIRS—SRI LANKA

Senator Hanson-Young, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 818—That the Senate—

 (a) notes:

  (i) the recent report from the International Crisis Group on War Crimes in Sri Lanka, and

  (ii) this report recommends, among other things, for the United Nations (UN) to authorise an independent international inquiry into the alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka during the last year of the conflict;


 (b) welcomes:

  (i) the UN Secretary-General's establishment of an Advisory Panel on Sri Lanka, and

  (ii) the establishment in Sri Lanka of a Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission and urges the Sri Lankan Government to ensure the commission operates in an independent way;

 (c) reaffirms the importance of credible investigations into all allegations of violations of human rights; and

 (d) calls on the Australian Government to support an effective process of national reconciliation to allow Sri Lanka to move forward after years of conflict.

Question put and passed.