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Monday, 17 August 2009
Page: 8092

Debate resumed, on motion by Mr Simpkins:

That the House:

(1)   notes that the Venerable Thich Quang Do, leader of the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam has been noted as one of the 15 Great Champions of World Democracy, for his advocacy for religious freedom and democracy in Vietnam; and

(2)   encourages

(a)   the Minister for Foreign Affairs to seek from the Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam the release from house arrest of the Venerable Thich Quang Do; and

(b)   encourages the Minister for Foreign Affairs to seek from the Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam the restoration of complete freedom of religion within Vietnam.