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Monday, 20 August 2001
Page: 29697

Mr PYNE (1:53 PM) —Today I want to comment briefly on the recent decision by countries in the United Nations to vote for the Sudan to join the United Nations Human Rights Committee in preference to the United States, which was previously a member state of the United Nations Human Rights Committee. All members would agree that the United States has been at the forefront of standing up for the human rights of individuals across the world for a long period—for 100 years, in most cases. It would probably be the most consistent country, along with Australia, in standing up for the human rights of individuals. That is in comparison to the Sudan, whose government continues to persecute Christians in the south of that country, which has led to a tremendous influx of refugees across borders into Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia, and it does so in a most barbaric, savage fashion. For the Sudan to be voted onto the Human Rights Committee of the United Nations is a travesty of justice. The Sudan should be condemned for its persecution of the Christian minority in the south. I hope that the House will join me in wishing that the United Nations would seriously look at reforming itself when such egregious examples can occur which shake our confidence in the foundations of the United Nations. (Time expired)