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      4   HUMAN RIGHTS IN VIETNAM

The order of the day having been read for the resumption of the debate on the motion of Mr Hayes—That this House:

(1)    notes that:

(a)    on 16 May 2013 two young activists, Nguyen Phuong Uyen, age 21, and Dinh Nguyen Kha, age 25, were sentenced to six and eight years, respectively, in jail by the People’s Court of Long An province in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam;

(b)   the two activists were arrested for distributing literature protesting against China’s claims to the Paracel and Spratly Islands in the South China Sea; and

(c)    there are credible reports from various international agencies of continuing human rights violations in Vietnam which is evidenced by the high number of house detentions and imprisonment for people engaged in activities as basic as expressing views contrary to the Vietnamese Government’s position; and

(2)    calls on the Australian Government to:

(a)    refer the matters of Nguyen Phuong Uyen and Dinh Nguyen Kha, and other issues concerning human rights in Vietnam that have been raised in the Australian Parliament, to the next round of the Australia-Vietnam Human Rights Dialogue; and

(b)   continue to take appropriate steps to convey to the Vietnamese Government that Australia expects Vietnam to honour its obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights ( see item No. 4, Votes and Proceedings )—

Debate resumed.

 

 

 

Suspension of meeting

At 1.21 p.m., a division having been called in the House, the proceedings were suspended.

Resumption of meeting

At 1.40 p.m., the proceedings were resumed.

 

 

 

Debate continued.

The time allotted for private Members’ business having expired, the debate was interrupted, and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for the next meeting.

 

 

 

 

 

Suspension of meeting

At 1.46 p.m., the Deputy Speaker left the Chair.

Resumption of meeting

At 4.01 p.m., the Deputy Speaker resumed the Chair.