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Thursday, 17 October 2002
Page: 5354

Senator BARTLETT (Queensland— Leader of the Australian Democrats) (9.37 a.m.)—as amended, by leave—At the request of Senator Stott Despoja, I move the motion as amended:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) the Nigerian woman, Ms Amina Lawal, has been sentenced to death for bearing a child out of marriage,

(ii) more than 100 000 people have signed an online open letter to the President of Nigeria calling for this sentence to be overturned and for the human rights of the citizens of Nigeria to be respected, and

(iii) the Australian Government has conveyed the deep concern of the Australian Government and people to the Nigerian Government on this issue; and

(b) calls on the Australian Government to maintain its advocacy in relation to this issue.

Question, as amended, agreed to.