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FOREIGN AFFAIRS—IRAN—RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

Senator Stephens, also on behalf of Senator Bernardi, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 1270—That the Senate—

 (a) supports freedom of religion as a universal human right;

 (b) does not support the imprisonment or persecution of individuals on the basis of their religious belief;


 (c) calls on the Iranian authorities to release Pastor Saeed Abedini who was sentenced to 8 years in prison because his Christian faith and activities were deemed a national security threat by the Iranian Government;

 (d) recognises that this action is a breach of Iran's international obligations, its own constitution and stated religious values; and

 (e) stands in solidarity with Pastor Abedini, his family and all those who seek to practise their religion without fear of persecution.

Question put and passed.