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Monday, 7 November 2005
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To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives assembled in Parliament.

This petition of certain citizens .and residents of Australia draws to the attention of the House, the abhorrence of all civilized people to the concept of torture in any form and the adoption by the United Nations of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the adoption in 1975 of the Declaration on the protection of all persons from being subjected to torture or other cruel, inhumane, or degrading treatment or punishment.

Furthermore, this petition draws to the attention of the House the recently aired allegations of the direct involvement of Australian military personnel in the torture of Iraqis detained as part of the ongoing foreign occupation of that country.

Your petitioners therefore pray that the House seek that The Right Honourable the Prime Minister give an unequivocal undertaking to the Australian people that no member of the Australian Armed Forces or any member of any Australian security, foreign affairs or police agencies are trained or participate in any way whatsoever in any form of torture methods.

Further that such forces and agencies are prohibited from participating in any way with any other group or body including members of any Allied military, security, foreign affairs or police agencies in any forms of torture to any groups or individuals in detention.

And that all members of the above specified Australian forces and agencies are specifically directed to adhere to all provisions and conventions addressing the treatment of individuals or groups in detention.

by Mr Albanese (from 357 citizens)