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HUMAN RIGHTS-SELF-DETERMINATION FOR PEOPLES OF THE BALTIC STATES

Senator Lewis, pursuant to Notice of Motion not objected to as a Formal Motion, moved-That the Senate- (1) Notes that: (a) the tenth day of December is recognised as the International Day of Human Rights following the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General Assembly on 10 December 1948;

(b) on 14 December 1960 the General Assembly accepted without a dissenting vote the ''Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples''; and

(c) under their colonisation by the Soviet Union the people of the Baltic States , comprising Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, have suffered serious deprivations and loss of human rights.

(2) Calls upon the Government to urge the United Nations General Assembly to: (a ) heed the voice of the oppressed peoples of the Baltic States; and

(b) recognise the right of these previously independent states to self- determination and the free pursuit of their economic, social and cultural development.

Question-put and passed.