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Thursday, 7 June 1984
Page: 2715

Motion (by Senator Gareth Evans for Senator Grimes) agreed to:

That the Senate-

(a) notes that on 30 May 1984, the International Coalition of Scientists for the Sakharovs, delivered letters to Soviet Embassies throughout the world, including Canberra, expressing its concern at the continued persecution by Soviet authorities of Dr Andrei Sakharov and his wife, Dr Bonner;

(b) recalls Australia's commitment to the ideals of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Covenants on Civil and Political Rights and on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights;

(c) notes further our commitment to constructive international action to promote the realisation of Human Rights and to combat gross violations of Human Rights wherever they might occur;

(d) commends the Minister for Foreign Affairs for forthrightly and directly raising with the Soviet Government the concerns of the Australian Parliament, Government and people at the inhumane treatment of one of the world's most distinguished scientists and his wife; and

(e) calls upon the Soviet authorities to release Academician Sakharov from internal exile and to permit Dr Bonner to leave for medical treatment abroad.