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Monday, 29 November 2004
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To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives assembled in Parliament:

The petition of certain citizens of Australia draws to the attention of the House that the Jezan family, currently being held at Villawood Immigration Detention Centre, Sydney, has been in detention since their arrival in Australia more than three years ago. The family of five —Manee Jezan, Shahla Nazari Zadh and their three children, Behnam, 18, Reem, 15, and Rana Jezan, 13 —are Iranian citizens and members of the Sabian Mandaean minority religious group. In the Federal Court on 30 May 2003, Justice Richard Cooper found Iranian Mandaeans to be persecuted in their home country, not simply discriminated against as the Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs had asserted. Your petitioners therefore ask the House to call on the Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs to immediately release the Jezan family from detention and grant permanent residency, with a view to future Australian citizenship.

by Mr Andren (from 20 citizens)