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VIETNAM--HUMAN RIGHTS

Senator Short amended his notice of motion by leave and, pursuant to

notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved--That the

Senate--

(a) notes that:

(i) on 25 May 1994, both Houses of the Congress of the

United States of America voted unanimously for a joint

resolution designating 11 May as Vietnam Human Rights

Day, and

(ii) prisoners of conscience and religious leaders are still

imprisoned because of their non-violent advocacy of

freedom and human rights; and

(b) calls on the Government of Vietnam to be responsive to the

concerns of the international community in respect of:

(i) releasing all political and religious prisoners,

(ii) guaranteeing equal protection under the law to all

Vietnamese, and

(iii) ensuring that all basic human rights as stipulated in

the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the

International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights,

the International Covenant on Economic, Social and

Cultural Rights and other appropriate international

instruments are fully respected.

Question put and passed.