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Friday, 5 December 1986
Page: 3462

To the Honourable the President and members of the Senate in Parliament assembled: The petition of the undersigned citizens of Australia respectfully showeth:

That at the time of his arrest by the Soviet authorities, Vasyl Antonovich Kobryn was Chairman of the Action Group for the Defence of the Rights of Believers, and the Church, which formed in the Ukraine in September, 1982, and which has appealed to the Soviet Government to legalize the Ukrainian Catholic Church and to open seminaries in Lvov and Uzhgorod in the Western Ukraine.

That Amnesty International has adopted Vasyl Antonovich Kobryn as a prisoner of conscience, who has been imprisoned for his non-violent exercise of his right to freedom of expression.

And that the Australian Parliament therefore urges the Soviet Government to release him.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.