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Australian Greens back motion on Tibetan self-determination; condemn Beijing’s repression

The Australian Greens at their national conference on Sunday responded to the plight of Tibet by passing a resolution that recognised self-determination for Tibetan peoples and condemned the ongoing repression of Tibetans by the Chinese government.

"The old parties may go on ignoring Tibetan people, but the Greens are again using their voices to highlight Tibetan peoples' rights to their traditional homelands and to spiritual and political expression," Greens' spokesperson for Tibet, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said today.

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Greens stand for human rights in China; Labor and Coalition mute

The Australian Greens say they are disappointed but not surprised that Labor and the Coalition united to vote down a motion about deteriorating human rights conditions in Tibet.

"Since March this year at least four monks and one nun have taken their lives by self-immolation in acts of protest to highlight abuses against Tibetan people," Greens' Tibet spokesperson, Sen. Hanson-Young, said today.

"Our Senate motion urged the Australian government to raise these matters with its Chinese counterpart, but the old parties declined to back it.

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Greens welcome passport breakthrough for sex and gender diverse Australians

The Government should be congratulated for easing restrictions on sex and gender diverse Australians from being issued with a passport that reflects their identity, say the Australian Greens.

"This is a really positive breakthrough for sex and gender diverse Australians," Greens' LGBTI spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said today.

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Greens welcome govt’s support for Libyan students

 

The Australian Greens have today welcomed the federal government's financial assistance to Libyan students and their dependents who are undertaking courses in Australia.

 

"We are very pleased the Commonwealth has moved to help end the financial limbo faced by 650 students and their dependents following international sanctions against Libya," Greens' immigration spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said.

 

"The money is timely and will go a long way to easing the anxiety these future leaders of Libya and their families are experiencing.

 

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Govt wasting money in action against Hicks’ book

The Federal Government is wasting taxpayers' money in its NSW Supreme Court action to try recovering the proceeds of David Hicks' memoir, the Australian Greens say.

"The Gillard government is creating a smokescreen in its move against Mr Hicks to deflect attention from what the government knew about his torture and detention in Guantanamo Bay and other US facilities," Greens' spokesperson for human rights, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said today.

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Greens repeat call for govt to support for students from restive Arab countries

 

The Australian Greens have again called for the Federal Government to support students from restive Arab countries, such as Libya and Syria, who are in Australia on student visas.

 

"I will be writing to the Immigration and Foreign Ministers urging they swiftly act to help students such as Libyans whose finances have been frozen by the international community's sanctions against the Gaddafi regime," Greens' immigration spokesperson, Sen. Hanson-Young, said today.

 

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Greens disappointed by govt’s move against Hicks’ book

The Australian Greens say they are disappointed by the Federal Government's forthcoming move in the NSW Supreme Court to try recovering the proceeds of the memoir written by South Australian David Hicks.

"The government should not be taking this action against Mr Hicks but instead carry out a full and independent investigation into his torture and detention in Guantanamo Bay and other US facilities," Greens' spokesperson for human rights, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said today.

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