Results 141–160 of 314 for speaker:Lord Singh of Wimbledon

Islamophobia - Motion to Take Note (20 Dec 2018)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: The Minister mentioned work that is being done to tackle Islamophobic and anti-Semitic hate crime. Is any similar work being done for other faiths?

Islamophobia - Motion to Take Note (20 Dec 2018)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: Before the Minister sits down, I made a plea to the Government to be more even-handed to all communities. Do the Government intend to move in that direction? For example, if the term “phobia” is attached to discrimination against one religious group, should it not be there for all religious groups?

Islamophobia - Motion to Take Note (20 Dec 2018)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, while evidence was accepted, not all evidence was agreed in the definition.

Islamophobia - Motion to Take Note (20 Dec 2018)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, it is a pleasure to follow the noble Baroness, Lady Burt. We all sympathise with the suffering of the Muslim community, encapsulated in the word “Islamophobia”. It is our common responsibility to tackle it but we have to be clear about its meaning to do so. To me, the suggested definitions are still woolly and vague; I will try to give a more precise one. If we do not have a...

Government Policy: Plain English - Question (19 Dec 2018)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, will the Minister agree that we also need to look at the down side of the use of plain English? It would seriously harm the fine art of obfuscation and the career prospects of many civil servants. Impenetrable briefs given to Ministers might be replaced by help towards straight answers. That could be the end of government as we know it.

Animal Welfare Standards - Question (12 Dec 2018)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, for many years Sikhs and other communities have been concerned about the provision of a halal-only option in many schools. We are advised that it is the prerogative of the local authority. It is impossible for individuals to keep complaining. Does the Minister agree that the default position must be the provision of non-halal food, and that it is up to other religious communities if...

Freedom of Religion or Belief - Question (10 Dec 2018)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, does the Minister agree that our ritual listing of human rights abuses around the world is a little hypocritical when we turn a blind eye to human rights abuses carried out by trading partners in the Middle East and elsewhere? What sort of country are we becoming when a government Minister can say in public without criticism, “When we talk trade with China, we should not raise...

Religious Hate Speech - Question (5 Dec 2018)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, does the Minister agree that all faiths should be treated equally, and does she deplore the present practice of resources going to those who shout the loudest? There are no comparative statistics on hate crime for different faiths.

Saudi Arabia: Human Rights - Question (21 Nov 2018)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, as revealed in this morning’s news, President Trump has made it clear that, as far as he is concerned, considerations of trade are more important than human rights in Saudi Arabia. Can the Minister confirm that our Government do not share the same callous view?

First World War Commemoration: Pakistan - Question (12 Nov 2018)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, undivided Punjab played a substantial part in the greatest volunteer army in history. One of the reasons that was done was because people were promised a substantial measure of independence following the end of the war. Instead, there was fierce repression under the Rowlatt Act and, following that, in the Jallianwala Bagh massacre of several hundred unarmed civilians. We British are...

Freedom of Religion or Belief - Question (24 Oct 2018)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, does the Minister agree that freedom of religion and belief is an absolute right, and that it would become more of a reality if we, and other leading countries, put aside considerations of trade and so-called strategic interests in its pursuit?

Religious Intolerance and Prejudice - Motion to Take Note (17 Oct 2018)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, I want to thank the noble Lord, Lord Bourne, for initiating this important debate. I shall take my cue from the noble Lord, Lord Patten, and be a little controversial. I read the Government’s half-time review of their hate crime strategy and find it disappointing in that it completely fails to address the underlying causes of hate crime—for much of this evening, we have done the...

Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity - Question for Short Debate (13 Sep 2018)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Alton, for calling this important debate and for all his wonderful, tireless work in pursuing human rights. Every year we commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day and remember the systematic killing of and brutal atrocities against the Jewish community. Every year we remember and say “Never again”, but since the end of the Second World War we have...

Jammu and Kashmir: Human Rights Abuses - Question (23 Jul 2018)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, I return to the question asked by the noble Lord, Lord Hussain. He drew attention to the draconian laws that protect people against prosecution for human rights abuse. As a member of the UN and the UN Security Council, is it not incumbent on us to condemn that sort of behaviour without fear or favour? Will the noble Lord agree with me and with the human rights activist Andrei...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Afghanistan: Sikhs (19 Jul 2018)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the suicide bombing resulting in the death of 19 Sikhs in Jalalabad, Afghanistan in July, what discussions they intend to have with Afghan authorities to safeguard the security and right to freedom of belief of the country’s remaining Sikh population.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Afghanistan: Sikhs (19 Jul 2018)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the suicide bombing resulting in the death of 19 Sikhs in Jalalabad, Afghanistan in July, what representations they intend to make to the government of India to encourage it to offer asylum or safe passage to Sikhs wishing to leave Afghanistan.

Written Answers — Home Office: Asylum: Afghanistan (17 Jul 2018)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the suicide bombing resulting in the death of 19 Sikhs in Jalalabad, Afghanistan in July, whether they intend to offer asylum in the UK to the families of those who were killed.

Royal Navy: Deployment - Question (2 Jul 2018)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, our Prime Minister famously declared in Washington not much more than a year ago that Britain will have to stop acting as the world’s policeman. Bearing that in mind, what is the point of our having a naval presence right around the globe? Russia, China and the USA all wish to have the same. Does that further the cause of peace? Would the Minister agree that we are living in the...

Palestinian Territories - Motion to Take Note (7 Jun 2018)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: I too would like to record my gratitude to the noble Lord, Lord Steel, for securing this important debate. I believe that the Bible has something to say about the difficulty of trying to build a structure on sand. It is equally difficult to try to build peace on the politically motivated prejudice and hatred that we see in Israel and Palestine. Seeing others as lesser beings through the...

Syria - Question (15 May 2018)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, in 2002 I attended a reception at No. 10 for Bashar Assad and his wife. They had earlier met Her Majesty the Queen. He took in more than 1 million Sunni refugees from the war in Iraq and was considered an important strategic ally in the Middle East. When he looked like being toppled in the civil war, he suddenly became a monster and his Government a regime. Does the Minister agree...


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