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UNITED NATIONS--50TH ANNIVERSARY--CENSORSHIP OF PUBLICATION

Senator Reid, by leave, moved--That the Senate--

(a) notes:

(i) that the United Nations (UN) Secretariat is alleged to have

prohibited any reference to His Holiness the Dalai Lama in a

book to be published to mark the 50th anniversary of the UN,

and

(ii) the statement alleged to have been censored from the book

was a statement made by the Dalai Lama in support of the

Universal Declaration of Human Rights at the 1993 World

Conference on Human Rights in Vienna, namely, "It is in the

inherent nature of human beings to yearn for freedom,

equality and dignity and they have an equal right to

achieve that ... Brute force, no matter how strongly

applied, can never subdue the basic desire for freedom and

dignity'; and

(b) calls on the Minister for Foreign Affairs (Senator Gareth

Evans), if it is the case that such censoring has occurred, to

use his influence to urge the UN not to mar the 50th anniversary

of the UN by such censorship.

Question put and passed.