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Thursday, 9 December 1993
Page: 4221

  Motion (by Senator Beahan)—by leave—agreed to:

  That the Senate—

  (a)views, with alarm, the worsening human rights situation in the Sudan;

  (b)notes that evidence provided by Amnesty International, the United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the recent interim report, dated 23 November 1993, of the United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Sudan (Gaspar Biro), indicates a disturbing pattern of massacres, forced labour and the enslavement of women and children, particularly in the Nuba Mountains of southern Kordofan and the Ingessina Hills of the southern Blue Nile;

  (c)expresses concern that these excesses may be part of a systematic program of ethnic and religious cleansing perpetrated by the repressive government of General Bashir; and

  (d)urges the Australian Government to continue its representations to the Khartoum regime, including through the UN, with a view to bringing about an improvement in the human rights situation and a peaceful resolution of the civil war in the Sudan.