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Thursday, 12 February 2015
Page: 592


Senator XENOPHON (South Australia) (12:08): I, and also on behalf of Senators Milne, Leyonhjelm, Mason and Marshall, move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) on 10 February 2015, the Federal Court in Malaysia upheld a charge of sodomy against Malaysian Opposition Leader Mr Anwar Ibrahim,

(ii) Mr Ibrahim has been sentenced to 5 years in jail, and in addition will be prohibited from running for public office for a further 5 years, and

(iii) Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, the Inter Parliamentary Union, and the International Commission of Jurists have expressed grave concerns about the conviction and sentence, with Human Rights Watch labelling it a 'travesty of justice';

(b) encourages the Malaysian Government to consider the impact of the verdict on its international standing and its commitment to human rights; and

(c) requests That the President of the Senate convey this motion to the Malaysian High Commissioner to Australia.

Question agreed to.