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Tuesday, 23 August 1983
Page: 7

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled:

We the undersigned citizens of Australia are concerned about the deterioration of human rights and the general harassment and oppression of Church and community workers in the Philippines. The recent cases of Fr Brian Gore and Karl Gasper illustrate this situation.

We urge the government to express forcibly this concern. We call on the Australian Government to intercede on behalf of Karl Gasper so that the Presidential Commitment Order, under which he is being detained, be lifted and charges be laid so that a trial may commence. Further we petition the government to reconsider any form of assistance to the Philippine Military Forces whilst these same Forces continue to disregard basic human rights.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.

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