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Thursday, 17 February 1977

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled. The petition of the undersigned citizens of Australia respectfully showeth:

Your petitioners believe that every citizen should have the fundamental human right to express his beliefs without the threat of arrest and punishment by the State and therefore expresses their grave concern at the arrest and detention of Jiri Hajek and other Czech citizens merely for soliciting support for basic human rights as expressed in their 'Charter 77'.

Your petitioners therefore humbly pray that the House urge the Government to voice its disapproval of the arrests and detention which are contrary to the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray. by Mr Groom.

Petition received.

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