Results 161–180 of 314 for speaker:Lord Singh of Wimbledon

Animal Products: Labelling and Packaging - Question (14 May 2018)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, there is only one dietary requirement for Sikhs: that forbidding eating meat slaughtered in a ritual way. Yet, despite the protests of the Sikh community over many years, schools often serve only halal meat. Can the Minister do something about this?

Commonwealth Summit: Freedom of Religion or Belief - Question (25 Apr 2018)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, can the Minister explain why, despite regular reports about the ill-treatment of women and religious minorities in India, that country has been left off the list of Commonwealth countries where we have concerns about human rights. Could that be because India is an important trading partner?

Schools: Integrated Communities Strategy - Question (24 Apr 2018)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, does the Minister agree that the underlying cause of religious extremism is the aggressive assertion that one system of belief is better than another? Will he further agree that, while we are all free to believe what we like, schools should emphasise respect for different faiths and the exploration of the many commonalities between them?

National Security Situation - Motion to Take Note (19 Apr 2018)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, it is a pleasure to follow the noble Earl, Lord Attlee. I speak from a Sikh perspective and I offer my apologies if what I say is out of sync with today’s 19th and 20th-century power-bloc politics. Sikh teachings on the prevention of conflict almost parallel the preamble to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, formulated after the horror of the Second World War, and they...

India: Right of Self-determination - Question (16 Apr 2018)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, at India’s independence, there was a transfer of power Act which said that India should be divided in the manner of the United States, with a lot of devolution. Unfortunately, the central Government have ever since tried to seize ever more power. India is a vast country of many religions, cultures and races; it is not working. Would it not be helpful if the British Government...

Israel and Palestine - Question (6 Mar 2018)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, does the Minister agree that two-state solutions do not have a happy record and simply turn latent ignorance and prejudice into lasting enmity? We look at the partition of India into two states, when several million people were killed immediately and tens of millions were displaced. Closer to home, we can look at the island of Ireland and the conflict that has resulted there. Would...

Schools: Indoctrination - Question (6 Feb 2018)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, does the Minister agree that all the main religions should be taught in schools and that if a school is not doing that, it is a failing school? Should not the teaching of religion be in the context of today’s times rather than literally in the language of outdated texts so that they cannot be manipulated for the purposes of extremism? Does the Minister further agree that the...

Conscientious Objection (Medical Activities) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (26 Jan 2018)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, I support this important Bill. It is a timely recognition of the importance of conscience and ethical belief in looking at the end-of-life decisions, and the increasingly complex issues and personal dilemmas, that many face in their daily lives. Speaking from a Sikh perspective, I fully support the Bill’s sentiments as well as its aims and objectives. Majority opinion can, at...

Freedom of Religion and Belief - Question (18 Jan 2018)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, as a member of the APPG for Freedom of Religion or Belief, I fully support the need to look beyond rhetoric towards positive action to protect freedom of belief and human rights. Will the Minister agree that we urgently need to decouple the linking of trade with human rights? Only last September, the then Defence Secretary, Sir Michael Fallon, cautioned against criticising human...

Commonwealth Summit: Faith Leaders - Question (15 Jan 2018)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, does the Minister agree that the presence of faith representatives should go beyond the side events to actual opportunities to discuss human rights conditions and infringements of religious liberty in different Commonwealth countries, and engage with representatives of the countries concerned?

Terrorist Attacks - Statement (5 Dec 2017)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, while we owe a great debt of gratitude to MI5 and the security services, does the Minister agree that in itself their work does little to tackle the causes of terrorism and of extremism? Does he agree that that cause lies in the misuse of outdated religious texts to incite impressionable youngsters to commit outrages?

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Jagtar Singh Johal (27 Nov 2017)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of India concerning the arrest of UK citizen Jagtar Singh Johal; and what response, if any, they have received.

Kashmir - Question (21 Nov 2017)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, the Minister said that both India and Pakistan are friends of this country. Does he agree that friendship has no relevance to the abuse of human rights and that we should be even-handed in our condemnation of human rights abuses wherever they occur?

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe - Statement (13 Nov 2017)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, while we welcome the strong condemnation of the cruel and arbitrary detention of Mrs Ratcliffe, would it not add strength to our protest if we were consistent in our condemnation of human rights abuses wherever they occur? I give the example of the recently departed Defence Secretary, who on two occasions very recently said that we should not talk about human rights when discussing...

Terrorism: Perpetrator Creed - Question (25 Oct 2017)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, does the Minister agree that, while we should deplore the linking of the evil behaviour of a few people with the whole of that religious community, it is equally important to condemn the behaviour of extremist clerics who use out-of-context religious texts to promote hatred of other communities?

Islamophobia - Question (17 Oct 2017)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, the noble Baroness, Lady Warsi, has rightly drawn our attention to the vagueness of the term Islamophobia. I add a point that concerns me: the culture of victimhood that it can easily lead to, which is not very healthy. There is also the way in which figures for crimes against other people are included in the statistics for Islamophobia—up to one-third, according to a freedom of...

Race Disparity Audit - Statement (10 Oct 2017)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, in the 1950s and 1960s it was perfectly legal to put adverts in shop windows saying, “No blacks or coloured people”. There has been a gradual improvement, but in the past few years here, in the United States and in much of Europe it has gone the other way. There is a lot of xenophobia, which was very evident in the Brexit debate. Does the Minister agree that to some extent that...

Saudi Arabia: Executions - Private Notice Question (18 Jul 2017)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, why are the Government so quiet about trade with Saudi Arabia? Why do we export billions of pounds-worth of arms to Saudi Arabia when it is probably the greatest abuser of human rights in the world, against not only neighbouring countries but also its own people, including juveniles?

Terrorist and Extremist Propaganda: Online Sources - Question (28 Jun 2017)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, does the Minister agree that what generally passes for religion is not only ethical guidance for sane living, but a sometimes oppressive culture and a shared history often bent or moulded to dislike or hatred? It is such material that is used to radicalise people. Does the Minister agree that there should be open debate about these things and that this aspect of religion should not...

Terrorism: Domestic Extremism - Question (26 Apr 2017)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, I emphasise the concern over definitions. In the 1980s, when Sikhs were persecuted throughout India, when they were blamed and called terrorists and extremists, I was asked by the BBC whether I was a moderate or an extremist. I replied, “I am extremely moderate”. Such words have no meaning. We must get beyond these smear definitions and look to what actually concerns us.


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