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Thursday, 28 June 2018
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Senator Birmingham to move on the next day of sitting—

That consideration of business before the Senate on Monday, 13 August 2018, be interrupted at approximately 5pm, but not so as to interrupt a senator speaking, to enable valedictory statements to be made relating to Senator Rhiannon.

Senators Di Natale and Rhiannon: To move on the next day of sitting—That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

   (i) non-government organisations and media in Bangladesh have reported that Bangladeshi security forces have killed more than 100 people since May this year,

   (ii) United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, has called for the extra-judicial killing of suspected drug offenders to be "immediately halted" and for the perpetrators brought to justice, and

   (iii) Human Rights Watch report that members of civil society groups face death threats, attacks from extremist groups and escalating harassment and surveillance by security forces; and

(b) calls on the Minister for Foreign Affairs (Ms Bishop):

   (i) encourage the Bangladeshi government to adopt and adhere to democratic and judicial processes and to hold free and fair elections under the auspices of a neutral authority,

   (ii) assist the Bangladeshi government to alleviate the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Bangladesh, and

   (iii) call for the immediate release of all political prisoners in Bangladesh. (general business notice of motion no. 927)