Sri Lanka Visit

The Executive Officer of the Catholic Justice & Peace Commission of Brisbane recently visited Sri Lanka as part of the 9th Justice and Peace Workers Network Gathering for Asia and the Pacific. What he encountered challenges efforts by the Australian Government to portray a rosy picture of the situation in post-war Sri Lanka. He urges […]

Australian Government Urged to Engage with Sri Lanka on Human Rights

Monday 12 November 2012 Brisbane’s Catholic Justice and Peace Commission has urged the Australian Government to accept the recommendation of a Parliamentary Committee that it seek to establish a human rights dialogue with Sri Lanka. The Commission made a submission last year to an inquiry into human rights dialogues with China and Vietnam and its […]

Government Must Challenge Sri Lanka’s Human Rights Record in Talks

Friday 4 May 2012   The Australian Government must raise the issue of human rights abuses in Sri Lanka in talks currently taking place between the Immigration Minister, Chris Bowen, and the Sri Lankan Government, according to Executive Officer of Brisbane’s Catholic Justice and Peace Commission, Peter Arndt. The Immigration Minister has spent the last […]

Australian Government Must Continue to Pressure Sri Lanka on War Crimes Accountability and Reconciliation

Friday 2 March 2012 Following the release of its response to the Sri Lankan Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission report, the Australian Government must continue to put strong pressure on the Sri Lankan Government to ensure that there is justice for all those whose lives were affected by the war.  We urge the Australian Government […]

Commission Joins in Call for Tough Action on Sri Lanka

Monday 3 October 2011 Brisbane’s Catholic Justice and Peace Commission joined in a call for the Commonwealth of Nations to take tough action against Sri Lanka unless it agrees to an independent investigation into war crimes and human rights violations committed during the civil war which ended in 2009. The Commission’s Executive Officer, Peter Arndt, […]

Last Days to Sign Petition re Sri Lankan Human Rights Violations

Friday 20 May 2011 Brisbane’s Catholic Justice and Peace Commission, in collaboration with Pax Christi Queensland, has launched a campaign to encourage the Australian Government to press for the full implementation of the recommendations of a report on accountability for human rights violations committed in the final stages of the bloody Sri Lanka conflict which […]

Commission Calls on Australia to Back Sri Lankan War Crimes Report

Monday 24 May 2010 Brisbane’s Catholic Justice and Peace Commission has called on the Australian Government to support the recommendations of the International Crisis Group’s (ICG) report on possible war crimes in the last year of the Sri Lankan civil war which ended a year ago. The ICG report says there is compelling evidence to […]

Australia Should Challenge Sri Lankan Human Rights Record

Monday 1 March 2010 Brisbane’s Catholic Justice and Peace Commission urged the Federal Government to take a stronger position on human rights violations in Sri Lanka in the wake of the European Union’s announcement of its plan to withdraw preferential trade benefits to the South Asian country in six months unless human rights concerns are […]

Commission Urges Continued Pressure on Sri Lanka

Monday 30 November 2009 Brisbane’s Catholic Justice and Peace Commission welcomed the recent announcement by the Sri Lankan Government of the lifting of restrictions on movement in the country, but urged continued pressure on the Sri Lankan Government in relation to the treatment of Tamils. The Commission’s Executive officer, peter Arndt, said that some reports […]

Sri Lanka Petition Handed Over

Media Release Friday 9 October 2009 A petition calling on the Federal Government to pressure the Sri Lankan Government to release Tamil civilians detained in camps in the north of the country was handed over to Queensland Senator Claire Moore on Thursday evening during a prayer service. The petition was organised by Brisbane’s Catholic Justice […]