Rudd ignores the human rights abuses in SL
The Daily Telegraph : Rudd needs to talk tough to Sri Lanka
Laurie Oakes, 17 October 2009
WE’VE heard Kevin Rudd promising tough action to stop asylum seekers coming to Australia by boat. We’ve heard him condemn people smugglers as vermin.
What we have not heard from the prime minister is any criticism of the Sri Lankan Government for creating a situation which drives ethnic Tamils into the arms of smugglers in the first place.
Home Affairs Minister Brendan O’Connor has agreed to send Australian police to Sri Lanka to help the government there clamp down on the exodus of asylum seekers.
But there has been hardly a peep out of Rudd or any of his ministers about the appalling camps in which an estimated 300,000 Tamils are being held following the end of the Sri Lankan civil war. More
– Laurie Oakes is political editor for the Nine Network. His column appears in every Saturday’s Daily Telegraph