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Wednesday, 27 February 1985
Page: 239

Senator PRIMMER —My question is directed to the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs. Is the Minister aware of recent reports indicating increased abuse of the human rights of Palestinian civilians living under Israeli military occupation, in particular the critical situation at Dheisheh refugee camp near Bethlehem, and of the call by the Israeli League for Civil and Human Rights for immediate pressure to stop attacks on the residents? Further, is the Minister aware of a report by the International Commission of Jurists concerning the torture of Palestinian prisoners at La Faraa prison?

Senator GARETH EVANS —I am familiar with some of the reports to which Senator Primmer has referred. I will refer his question to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and seek an early response.