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Thursday, 6 March 2003
Page: 9357

Senator PAYNE (New South Wales) (9.52 a.m.)—I, and also on behalf of Senator Ridgeway, move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) 9 March 2002 is a Global Day of Prayer for Burma, and

(ii) on this day, people throughout the world will pray for the physical and spiritual freedom of Burma;

(b) acknowledges that the human rights situation in Burma remains extremely grave, with severe restrictions on political freedoms and continued use of forced labour, torture, child soldiers and other serious abuses; and

(c) calls on the State Peace and Development Council of Burma to:

(i) take immediate steps to end human rights violations, and

(ii) restore the rule of law to Burma.

Question agreed to.