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Australian Senate Resolution on Tibet (1990) [p.289]

THE AUSTRALIAN SENATE

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Resolution

passed unanimously by both Houses of Australian Parliament

6 DECEMBER, 1990

The House of Representatives (6 June 1991)

That the Senate:

a) Expresses its deep concern about the current situation in Tibet;

b) Recognizes that human rights abuses have been committed in Tibet by the Peoples Republic of China since 1959, and that human rights abuses are reportedly continuing;

c) Endorses Resolutions No. 1353 of 1959, No. 1723 of 1961, and No.2079 of 1965 of the United Nations General Assembly;

d) Endorses the call for the cessation of practices which deprive the Tibetan people of their fundamental human rights and freedoms;

e) Commends the Dalai Lama and his representatives for consistently rejecting the use of violence, and notes that this was acknowledged in the awarding of the 1989 Nobel Peace to the Dalai Lama;

f) Endorses the representations made by the Australian Government and by members of this Parliament to the Peoples Republic of China on alleged human rights abuses, generally and in Tibet;

g) Calls on the Chinese Government to:

i) Recognize the fundamental human rights and freedoms of the Tibetan people as set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenants, including the right to practice their cultural and religious traditions without fear of persecution, arrest, or torture;

ii) Enter into earnest discussions, without preconditions, with the Dalai Lama and his representatives with a view to reducing tensions in Tibet; and

iii) Respond to representations made by the Australian Government and by members of this Parliament on allegations of human rights abuses, and the human rights situation in general in Tibet; and

h) Calls on the Australian Government to continue to make representations to, and seek responses from, the Government of the Peoples Republic of China on allegations of human rights abuses in Tibet.


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