Results 101–120 of 314 for speaker:Lord Singh of Wimbledon

Covid-19: Prisons and Offender Rehabilitation - Question for Short Debate (23 Apr 2020)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord German, for securing this important debate. I declare my interest as founder and director of the UK Sikh prison chaplaincy service. Our prisons are grossly overcrowded, with more people being sent to prison in proportion to the population than in almost any other European country. We have spoken before about overcrowding and the need for reform, but the...

Prisons: Radicalisation - Question (3 Mar 2020)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, I declare my interest as director of the Sikh Prison Chaplaincy Service. Does the Minister agree that chaplains must be at the forefront of any move to tackle radicalisation in prisons? To do this, they have to place dated social and political norms embedded in religious texts in the context of today’s times. Will the Minister agree to meet me to discuss Sikh chaplaincy...

Israel and Palestine: United States’ Proposals for Peace - Motion to Take Note (27 Feb 2020)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, I too thank the noble Baroness, Lady Tonge, for securing this important debate. The Balfour Declaration for the creation of a Jewish homeland stated, as we have been reminded, that the rights of existing inhabitants would be fully protected. Over the years, we have seen these rights systematically eroded. The declaration, although politically understandable, was based on a...

Islamophobia - Question (13 Feb 2020)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, emotive definitions such as Islamophobia are simply constraints on freedom of speech. A phobia is a fear, and the best way to combat irrational fear or prejudice suffered by all religions and beliefs is through healthy, open discussion. Will the Minister endorse the commitment given last week by Heather Wheeler, Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, to...

Hate Crime: Anti-Semitism - Question (11 Feb 2020)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, anti-Semitism is evil and should be combated in every possible way, but will the Minister make it clear that the Government are equally committed to tackling hate crimes against all communities, even those of non-Abrahamic faiths?

International Development: Freedom of Religion or Belief - Question (6 Feb 2020)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, freedom of belief is so central to Sikhism that Guru Tegh Bahadur gave his life defending the rights of those of a different religion to worship in the manner of their choice. Yet inexplicably, the BBC tried to stop me speaking about this incident, which carries a significance in Sikhism comparable to that of Easter. The Times condemned it and asked for the director-general to...

Net Migration - Question (3 Feb 2020)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, does the Minister agree that a sure way to reduce potential immigration is to consider refugees fleeing from local conflicts, which is made horrendously worse by the intervention and bombing carried out by Russia and the western powers?

UK Holocaust Memorial - Question (20 Jan 2020)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, we all recognise that the Jewish people have suffered probably the most horrendous genocide in human history. However, we should not forget that other genocides have wiped out millions of people. Although the Holocaust memorial should focus on the suffering of the Jewish people, it is appropriate for it also to recognise that other communities suffer and will continue to suffer...

Kashmir - Question (20 Jan 2020)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, the Minister referred just now to India as a democracy. Does he agree that the Indian action in Kashmir questions its right to be called a secular democracy? As we have heard, hundreds of Muslims are routinely rounded up, and many disappear. According to the medical journal the Lancet, hospital staff are being told to understate the number of fatalities occurring to minimise...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: India: Nationality (14 Jan 2020)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the comments by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights that the Citizenship (Amendment) Act 2019 is fundamentally discriminatory against Muslims, what representations they are making to the government of India about ensuring equal treatment of people of all faiths when granting citizenship.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: India: Nationality (13 Jan 2020)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they intend to make to the government of India about the proposed National Register of Citizens; and in particular reports (1) that the Register may leave more than two million Muslims in Assam without citizenship and stateless, and (2) that detention camps are being constructed for such stateless persons.

FCO Support for Persecuted Christians - Question (24 Jul 2019)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the recommendations of the Bishop of Truro’s Independent Review of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s support for persecuted Christians.

FCO Support for Persecuted Christians - Question (24 Jul 2019)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: I thank the Minister for his helpful reply. Sadly the appalling treatment of Christian minorities around the world is mirrored in the persecution of other religious minorities, including the appalling treatment of his Ahmadiyya community in Pakistan. In Afghanistan a once-prosperous Sikh community of more than 20,000 people has been reduced to a few hundred. Does the Minister agree that the...

United States: Migrant Detention Camps - Question (16 Jul 2019)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, President Trump refers to immigrants from Mexico as caravans of rapists and criminals. As we have just heard, he separates infants and young children from their parents, causing them inconsolable distress in crowded concentration camps, where they are deprived of adequate food, water and basic hygiene. Does the Minister agree that such overtly racist behaviour demeans the highest...

Religious Persecution - Motion to Take Note (11 Jul 2019)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, I too thank the noble Lord, Lord Elton, for tabling this important debate and allowing us to hear my noble friend Lady Flather’s robust common sense, much of which I agree with. The Bishop of Truro’s report on the worldwide persecution of Christians makes for disturbing reading, as does the persecution of Muslim and Hindu minorities in Sri Lanka, Muslims in Myanmar and Yazidis...

Sharia Law: Marriages - Question (4 Jul 2019)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: Does the Minister agree that culture should never trump human rights and that all citizens of this country should enjoy equal protection under the law?

Displaced Yazidis and Survivors of Daesh Violence - Question (2 Jul 2019)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, does the Minister agree that constant armed interventions by members of the Security Council—I refer particularly to Russia, Britain and America—in factional disputes in the Middle East make the refugee crisis there infinitely worse? Does she further agree that it is time to look again at the role of the Security Council and to get some constraints on the way it operates?

Jamal Khashoggi: United Nations Report - Question (27 Jun 2019)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, by any measure Saudi Arabia is one of the most intolerant countries in the world. We have just heard about the brutal murder of Jamal Khashoggi. There are summary beheadings, and public floggings of women who are simply trying to assert their rights, and this goes on and on. There is absolutely no freedom of religion or belief. Does our country not taint itself by cosying up to...

Anti-Semitism - Motion to Take Note (20 Jun 2019)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, I, too, thank my noble friend Lady Berridge for obtaining this important debate. I have many wonderful Jewish friends, none more so than my good noble friend Lord Sacks and his wonderful family. We share the same family values and quirky sense of humour. I have visited Auschwitz and seen something of the horrors that thousands of Jews—innocent men, women and children—suffered....


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