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Thursday, 17 February 1977
Page: 172

Mr HODGMAN (DENISON, TASMANIA) -I give notice that on the next day of sitting I shall move:

That this House places on record its extreme regret at the action of the Czechosolvakian Government in arresting and imprisoning 6 civil liberties dissidents, including the civil rights leader Frantisek Krieqel, the distinguished writer

Pavel Kohout and the former Czech Foreign Minister Jiri Hajek, following the publication in Prague in January this year of the Human Rights Charter known as Charter 77 signed by over 240 scholars, writers and politicians demanding the restoration of basic civil rights in Czechoslovakia as guaranteed by the Helsinki pact of 1975 and further, this House calls upon the Czechoslovakian Government to restore basic civil rights to all citizens of Czechoslovakia regardless of their political or religious affiliations.

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