Results 1–20 of 602 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Rushanara Ali

Plastic Bottles and Coffee Cups (17 May 2018)

Rushanara Ali: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for all the work she does on environmental issues, both here at home and internationally. This is not just about beaches in Bangladesh. We have seen footage of beaches in Brighton, for example, being polluted by bottles. Does she agree that local authorities need more support? There is some excellent practice, but it is patchy. Perhaps the Government could...

Gaza Border Violence (15 May 2018)

Rushanara Ali: Since 30 March, 97 Palestinians have been killed and more than 12,000 injured. I have heard words of concern expressed by the Minister, whom I greatly admire, but I implore him to use the word “condemn” and stop the trend of those in the Foreign Office to be mealy-mouthed when these killings happen. I implore our Government to take a leadership role and condemn the attacks.

Grenfell Tower Inquiry — [Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] (14 May 2018)

Rushanara Ali: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that it is taking far too long to ensure 24/7 security provision for tower blocks where the cladding has been found, and that the Government need to step up and ensure prevention work as a matter of urgency? That is not to mention the private blocks—Ministers have confessed that even they do not know how many are affected. There needs to be greater urgency...

Myanmar: Rohingya Minority — [Mr David Hanson in the Chair] (16 Apr 2018)

Rushanara Ali: Can the Minister explain how the UNHCR’s oversight of any form of so-called safe and voluntary repatriation will prevent the kind of treatment that he has witnessed in Rakhine state in the internally displaced persons’ camps? He and others have mentioned that the Burmese Government are trying to construct new camps. How can he believe that the people in those camps will be treated...

Myanmar: Rohingya Minority — [Mr David Hanson in the Chair] (16 Apr 2018)

Rushanara Ali: Has the Foreign Office done any work to find out how many British businesses operate in Myanmar and which ones have a direct relationship with the military and military interests? We need to know the answer to that question.

Myanmar: Rohingya Minority — [Mr David Hanson in the Chair] (16 Apr 2018)

Rushanara Ali: To put things into context, the Rwandan genocide was, in part, instigated by propaganda that was spread through the use of radio. It is important to recognise that although social media can play an incredibly important and positive role across societies, the negatives need to be understood and addressed, because social media is much more powerful. Often people are breaking the law, whether in...

Myanmar: Rohingya Minority — [Mr David Hanson in the Chair] (16 Apr 2018)

Rushanara Ali: Bethnal Green and Bow.

Myanmar: Rohingya Minority — [Mr David Hanson in the Chair] (16 Apr 2018)

Rushanara Ali: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hanson. I commend my hon. Friend the Member for Warrington North (Helen Jones) for opening the debate and for comprehensively summarising the issues faced by the Rohingya people and what our Government need to do. I thank the co-chair of the all-party parliamentary group on democracy in Burma, the hon. Member for Sutton and Cheam (Paul...

Myanmar: Rohingya Minority — [Mr David Hanson in the Chair] (16 Apr 2018)

Rushanara Ali: I am grateful for the Minister’s intervention. I hope that other Ministers, particularly in the Department for International Development, are absolutely confident and resolute in defending the aid budget, because it saves lives. Our contributions have saved millions of lives, lifted millions of people out of poverty and helped post-conflict societies to grow into thriving economies.

Myanmar: Rohingya Minority — [Mr David Hanson in the Chair] (16 Apr 2018)

Rushanara Ali: Of course—I will come to that and the role our Government can continue to play. Although our Government have made generous contributions, we need other countries to do the same. In total, around $1 billion is required to support just the 1 million affected people in Bangladesh. We cannot expect a developing country to cope with that huge cost. There needs to be international support,...

Myanmar: Rohingya Minority — [Mr David Hanson in the Chair] (16 Apr 2018)

Rushanara Ali: I could not agree more. I hope the Minister will tell us what discussions he has had—and what discussions the Foreign Secretary has had, if he has had any—and the outcomes of those discussions. I hope the Minister will also explain what practical outcomes he and fellow Ministers have got from the European Council. He reported back to the all-party group, but some of the things...

Myanmar: Rohingya Minority — [Mr David Hanson in the Chair] (16 Apr 2018)

Rushanara Ali: Is the hon. Gentleman also concerned about how social media has been used for years, but especially last year? A recent report in The Guardian, based on analysis by Raymond Serrato, showed that the level of incitement to violence and hate on platforms such as Facebook is unprecedented. Does the hon. Gentleman agree that our Government need to take a broader international approach to how we...

Myanmar: Rohingya Minority — [Mr David Hanson in the Chair] (16 Apr 2018)

Rushanara Ali: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that our Government need to be very clear about who we trade with? By all means, our businesses can trade, but they need to trade in an environment that respects human rights and is ethical, and they must not do business with the military. The military has huge interests in companies in that country. Does he agree that the Minister should look at whether there is...

Myanmar: Rohingya Minority — [Mr David Hanson in the Chair] (16 Apr 2018)

Rushanara Ali: Will my hon. Friend also note that, although representations were made to the UK Government and the United Nations about the census, they accepted the requirement to define Rohingya people as Bengali as part of the census? Our Government failed to take action and withdraw funding from that census.

Integrated Communities (14 Mar 2018)

Rushanara Ali: I thank the Secretary of State for his condemnation of the literature that I, colleagues and other members of the Muslim community have received. I also welcome the tone of his statement: in the past, certain kinds of proposals were reflected in a way that stigmatised certain communities, particularly the British Muslim community. Does he agree that fundamental to promoting integration is...

Hate Crime (12 Mar 2018)

Rushanara Ali: The level of hate and violence against Muslims has become utterly intolerable. For years, many of our constituencies have faced the onslaught of threats from the English Defence League, Britain First and others. What action will the Minister take, first, to provide protection for the communities who feel particularly under threat on 3 April and in the run-up to 3 April and, secondly, to...

Bills Presented: Vote 100 and International Women’s Day (8 Mar 2018)

Rushanara Ali: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Erewash (Maggie Throup) and to hear so many inspirational speeches across the House today. In particular, I want to thank my hon. Friend the Member for Birmingham, Yardley (Jess Phillips) for her moving tribute to the victims of violence in our country. It is fitting that we should mark international women’s day alongside the 100th...

Bills Presented: Vote 100 and International Women’s Day (8 Mar 2018)

Rushanara Ali: I thank the right hon. Lady for that intervention and for her work when she was International Development Secretary. As a former shadow International Development Minister, I cannot stop being affected by the experience of women in conflict zones and other parts of the world. The ongoing crisis in Syria has forced the displacement of women, who have fled to other countries in the hope of...

Bills Presented: Vote 100 and International Women’s Day (8 Mar 2018)

Rushanara Ali: I could not agree more with the hon. Lady. We have seen the important contribution that women can make, but they are too often left out of the negotiations. Our Government must continue to push forward and ensure that women have a strong voice in peace negotiations. Many girls whose lives have already been devastated by conflict in their own countries are being forced into situations that no...

Bills Presented: Vote 100 and International Women’s Day (8 Mar 2018)

Rushanara Ali: I welcome the announcement that the Minister is making about the international dimension to protecting women against violence. Will she assure the House, as part of the consultation on tackling violence against women here at home, that refuges will be properly resourced? Many have closed down in recent years, including in my constituency. Women need proper support when they have to go to...


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