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Wednesday, 18 March 1987
Page: 1036

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled. The humble petition of the undersigned citizens of Australia showeth that whereas:

(a) The Ukrainian Public Group to Promote the Helsinki Accords, whose membership also includes Lithuanian, Jewish and Estonian representation is the largest such human rights group in the USSR.

(b) Since its inception in November 1976, 4 members have died prematurely and at present 9 members are still imprisoned, 6 are in internal exile, while 14 have been released from prison and 7 have been forced to emigrate to the West.

Therefore, we urge the House to pass a resolution in support of the Ukrainian Helsinki Group calling on the Government of the Soviet Union to:

(a) release all Helsinki Monitors from prison and allow them to emigrate to countries of their choice.

(b) allow Ukrainian Helsinki Monitors Yuriy Shukhevych and Oksana Meshko, together with their families, to emigrate to Australia, where they have family members willing to sponsor them, as an immediate demonstration of Soviet goodwill.

And your petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray.

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