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Burma petition presented

Hon Dr Nick Smith
National Party MP for Nelson
8 November 2007

Burma petition presented

A petition urging the Government to firmly protest and implement tough sanctions against the brutal military regime in Burma has been presented to Parliament today.

The petition states: ‘That the New Zealand Parliament urges the Government to protest in the strongest possible terms against the arrests and beatings of peaceful protesters seeking democracy in Burma, and work with the international community to implement tough sanctions against the military dictatorship in Burma’.

Over 2,900 people signed the petition, which was spearheaded by the Burmese community in Nelson and presented to Parliament by their local MP, Nick Smith.

“Despite the presence of the UN envoy in Burma, the situation there remains very worrying, with pro-democracy leaders continuing to face restrictions and detention”.

In addition to this petition, Dr Smith also moved a motion in the House which received unanimous support from all political parties. The motion read: ‘That this House express its condemnation of the arrests, beatings and killings of peaceful protesters in Myanmar by the military dictatorship, and calls upon the United Nations to take firm measures to ensure the protection of human rights and the restoration of democracy.’

“It was heartening to see such overwhelming consensus from our Parliament for the plight of these people. The petition reinforces this support and I am delighted with the number of signatories that have added their name in protest.”

The petition will be referred to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee for consideration.

ENDS

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