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FOREIGN AFFAIRS—IRAN—RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

Senator Fawcett, also on behalf of Senator Sterle, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 528—That the Senate—

 (a) condemns the death sentence given to Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani in Iran on crimes of apostasy;

 (b) notes that this charge is in direct conflict with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which allows freedom of religion and freedom to change one's religion, of which Iran is a signatory;

 (c) calls on the Government to make representations on the matter; and

 (d) strongly urges the Iranian Government to uphold religious freedom for all citizens.

Question put and passed.