Welcoming the joint motion in the Senate urging Australia to co-sponsor the US-led resolution against Sri Lanka in the UNHRC and support an international investigation into war crimes in Sri Lanka, Federal Member for Greenway Michelle Rowland, who represents one of the largest Sri Lankan populations in the country, said the motion reinforced Labor’s commitment to human rights.
“This is an important step on getting Australia to co-sponsor the US-led resolution against Sri Lanka in the UNHRC,” Ms Rowland said.
“Labor recognises that accountability and transparency are crucial for reconciliation in Sri Lanka and that’s why we are pushing Australia to support an international investigation into war time violations on both sides during the Sri Lankan civil war.
“I represent large Tamil and Sinhalese populations who want reconciliation in their homeland, and it is crucial Australia stands up on this matter.
“The time has come for the international community to actively promote human rights, political resolution and reconciliation in Sri Lanka.”
Published in The Indian Sun (Indian Australian Magazine)