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Statement on anniversary of revocation of Article 370; Jammu and Kashmir.

Australian Greens Statement on anniversary of revocation of Article 370 and downgrading of Jammu and Kashmir into a Union Territory. 

On the eve of the third anniversary of the revocation of Jammu and Kashmir's special status, the Australian Greens are calling on the Australian Government to do more to ensure people’s human rights are upheld. 

Lines attributable to Senator Jordon Steele-John, Australian Greens Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs:

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Australian Greens Statement Regarding Myanmar

26th July 2022

Over the weekend, four democracy activists in Myanmar were put to death by the military junta, including hip hop artist Phyo Zeya Thaw who had close ties to the diaspora community here in Australia, and protest leader Ko Jimmy. 

According to ABC News “the four men had been accused of helping militias fight the army that seized power in a coup last year and unleashed a bloody crackdown on its opponents.” They had been charged under so-called counter-terrorism laws.

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Free Julian Assange

Statement from Australian Greens Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs, Peace and Nuclear Disarmament, Senator Jordon Steele-John. 

“Following The UK’s decision that Julian Assange can be extradited to the US, the Australian Greens are once again calling for the immediate release of Australian journalist, Julian Assange. 

“Extradition to the United States, the country whose war crimes Julian Assange exposed, sets a dangerous precedent for press freedom. 

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Morrison Government must stop protecting Russian Beetaloo Billionaire Oligarch

The Greens are calling on Scott Morrison to immediately add to the sanctions list a Russian billionaire oligarch conducting business in Australia on the Scott Morrison-backed Betaloo gas project. 

Australia has recently listed a whole range of Russian billionaire oligarchs who got filthy rich through Putin, but in a move that will surprise no one, the Morrison government is offering special protections for those oligarchs with connections to the coal and gas industry. 

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Australia should join US, UK on Russian Oil Boycott

The Greens have called on Scott Morrison to join the US and UK who have overnight announced they will be boycotting Russian oil imports. 

Over the last decade Russia has exported over $4.3 billion worth of crude oil to Australia, with $86 million last financial year, approximately 1% of Australia’s crude oil imports.

The Greens were the first to call for a Russian oil boycott on the 27th of February.

Quotes attributable to Greens leader, Adam Bandt MP:

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Statement from the Australian Greens on Ukraine

The Australian Greens condemn Vladimir Putin’s military aggression in the Ukraine, as we condemn all military aggression. We call on all parties to remember the human cost of war and to work peacefully through diplomatic channels to de-escalate the situation.

We affirm the right of the people of Ukraine to sovereignty and territorial integrity.

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Myanmar coup: one year on and still no action from Australia

Australian Greens foreign affairs spokesperson Senator Janet Rice has condemned the Australian Government’s resounding inaction against the Myanmar military and again urged the Foreign Minister to impose targeted sanctions against Junta leaders and their business interests.

Senator Rice said:

“It’s now been a year since the coup in Myanmar, the brutal junta are still in power, and the Australian Government has done nothing but sit on its hands watching the body count pile up and democracy fade into memory.

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Aid to Afghanistan must be boosted

Australian Greens International Aid and Development spokesperson Senator Mehreen Faruqi and Foreign Affairs spokesperson Senator Janet Rice have today written to the Foreign Affairs Minister urging Australia to boost aid to Afghanistan as a matter of urgency.

Senator Faruqi said:

“There is a grave humanitarian crisis unfolding in Afghanistan, with the country on the brink of famine and near-universal poverty, the scale of which has not been seen in recent times.

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Government must provide immediate aid to support women and girls in Afghanistan

Greens senators Larissa Waters, Mehreen Faruqi and Janet Rice have written to the Minister for Women and Foreign Affairs Marise Payne to urge the Government to provide immediate and increased aid to help women and girls now subject to Taliban rule in Afghanistan.

To ensure that aid is targeted to those most in need the aid should be delivered through partnerships with civil society and aid organisations working on the ground.

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