May 16, 1978 (30th Parliament, 3rd Session)


Claude-André Lachance


Mr. Claude-Andre Lachance (Lafontaine-Rosemont):

Mr. Speaker, I rise under the provisions of Standing Order 43 to ask for the unanimous consent of the House to move a motion about a matter whose urgency will be obvious to everyone.
Given the fact that with the opening of the trial in the Soviet Union of physicist Yuri Orlov who is accused by Soviet authorities of having established a group to observe the implementation in Soviet territory of the provisions contained in the Helsinki agreement and to report abroad violations of human rights in that country, Dr. Orlov does not seem to enjoy in the course of that trial minimum legal guarantees, that he has been refused the right to present a full and complete defence, that access to the court has been denied to foreign journalists and that clearly he will not have a fair and just trial, I move, seconded by the hon. member for Maisonneuve-Rosemont (Mr. Joyal):
That this House urge the Secretary of State for External Affairs (Mr. Jamieson) to express to Soviet authorities the concern of the Canadian government and people about what appears to be another violation of human rights in the Soviet Union.

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