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FOREIGN AFFAIRS—SUDAN—HUMAN RIGHTS

Senator Stott Despoja amended general business notice of motion no. 923 by leave and, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved—That the Senate—

 (a) notes that:

  (i) the ceasefire agreement signed on 8 April 2004 by the Khartoum Government and Darfur's two rebel groups - the Sudan People's Liberation Army and the Justice and Equality Movement - has been repeatedly violated,

  (ii) there is widespread evidence to suggest that the Khartoum Government has provided support to the Janjaweed militias and is now attempting to integrate them into its official forces,

  (iii) it is also alleged that the Khartoum Government has obstructed humanitarian organisations from accessing war-affected areas,

  (iv) it is estimated that there are around 1.2 million displaced persons within Sudan and neighbouring Chad,

  (v) the conflict has already claimed around 30 000 lives since it commenced in February 2003, and

  (vi) estimates of the number of Sudanese who are still at risk range from 350 000 to 2.2 million;

 (b) urges the Sudanese Government to:

  (i) provide immediate and full access for humanitarian organisations to war-affected populations in Darfur,

  (ii) cease logistical, equipment and direct military assistance to the militias, and

  (iii) ensure that summary executions by the Government-sponsored militias cease;

 (c) welcomes the 25 May 2004 statement by the President of the United Nations (UN) Security Council condemning the violation of human rights and international humanitarian law in Sudan and its call for the Government of Sudan to allow full unimpeded access by humanitarian personnel;

 (d) acknowledges the decision of the Australian Government to provide $8 million to meet the needs of persons displaced from Darfur; and

 (e) calls on the Australian Government to continue its support for international efforts to bring an end to the crisis in Sudan and, in particular, to make representations to UN Security Council members regarding the need to take decisive action to prevent further loss of life within Sudan.

Question put and passed.