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Wednesday, 23 March 1994
Page: 2006


Senator SHORT —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

  That the Senate—

  (a)notes:

    (i)that although there have been some important moves towards economic development by the Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in recent years they have not yet been accompanied by political liberalisation or improved human rights records,

    (ii)that people are imprisoned or kept under house arrest, without charge or trial, for the peaceful expression of their beliefs and alternative points of view, and that there continue to be severe restrictions on freedom of religion, speech, press, assembly, association and movement, workers' rights and the right for people to vote for a government of their choice, and

    (iii)with concern, in particular, the house arrest or imprisonment of the Most Venerable Thic Huyen Quang, Most Venerable Thic Quang Do, Venerables Thic Tri Sieu, Thic Tue Si, Thic Tri Tuu, Thic Hai Tinh, Thic Hai Tang, Thic Khong Tanh, Dr Nguyen Dan Que, Dr Doan Viet Hoat, and Mr Nguyen Dinh Huy; and

  (b)requests the Prime Minister (Mr Keating):

    (i)to raise Australia's concerns about these systematic violations of human rights, as recognised in the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights and in the Constitution of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, during his forthcoming visit to Vietnam, and to press the Government of Vietnam to observe and respect human and civil rights within its borders, and

    (ii)to finalise arrangements for the early visit to Vietnam of the Human Rights delegation, which was agreed during the visit to Australia of the Vietnamese Prime Minister (Mr Kiet) in May 1993, and which visit has now been significantly delayed beyond its earlier planned timetable.