Results 1–20 of 200 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Lord Sheikh

Gaza — Statement (12 Jan 2009)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords—

Israel and Palestine: Gaza — Question (15 Jan 2009)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords—

Israel and Palestine: Gaza — Question (15 Jan 2009)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, a statement was issued in the Times yesterday by Jews for Justice for Palestine, signed by almost 600 leading Jews. What is the Minister's assessment of that statement?

Israel and Palestine: Gaza — Question (20 Jan 2009)

Lord Sheikh: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether international humanitarian law has been breached in the conflict relating to Gaza.

Israel and Palestine: Gaza — Question (20 Jan 2009)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I thank the Minister for that reply. The people of Gaza have been subjected to collective and indiscriminate punishment by the Israelis, some of whose actions can perhaps be considered inhumane. Israel has used white phosphorus shells, whose use against people is prohibited under the 1980 Geneva Convention, and there may have been incidents whose investigation is likely to find...

Israel and Palestine: Gaza — Question (20 Jan 2009)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, will the Government take a lead to facilitate a full and thorough investigation by the United Nations and the Red Cross to determine whether there have been breaches of international laws and to ensure that appropriate remedial action is taken? Will the Minister keep your Lordships' House advised of progress in this regard?

Israel and Palestine: Gaza — Question for Short Debate (21 Jan 2009)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I care about humanity and I would like to express my serious concern and sense of disturbance at possible breachesof international humanitarian laws by the Israelis. The use of white phosphorus shells by the Israelis against civilians, which is not allowed under the Geneva Convention, has caused horrific injuries the likes of which some doctors have not seen before. The...

Euro — Question for Short Debate (29 Jan 2009)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, at the outset, I apologise to your Lordships' House for my late arrival for the commencement of the debate. I should like to thank the noble Lord, Lord Dykes, for arranging this debate, which enables us to look at the various issues relating to our membership of the euro. The debate about the United Kingdom's membership of the European single currency has abated in recent months, as...

Gaza — Motion to Take Note (6 Feb 2009)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I care about humanity and I will speak out when I feel that injustice and cruelty are inflicted on people. I have spoken in your Lordships' House on such subjects, including people trafficking, forced marriages, torture and the rights of Gurkhas. At the outset, I have no reservation in condemning the Hamas rockets that were directed into Israel's sovereign territory; neither should...

Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Bill [HL]: Second Reading (11 Feb 2009)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, at the outset, I would like to make some general comments regarding immigration. This country, over a period of many years, has welcomed people from overseas who have in the course of time been assimilated into the community and are now part of the British population. I believe that the British, for all their faults, are tolerant. This country is a land of opportunity, and it...

Africa: Governance and Law — Debate (5 Mar 2009)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I was born in Kenya and raised in Uganda, so the subject of this debate is close to my heart. I thank the noble Earl, Lord Sandwich, for securing today's debate. He and I have recently come back from a trip to Nepal, where, among other things, we looked at good governance in that country. In 1960, Harold Macmillan said: "The wind of change is blowing through this continent, and...

Gaza — Question (18 Mar 2009)

Lord Sheikh: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether the conflict in Gaza has breached international humanitarian law.

Gaza — Question (18 Mar 2009)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I thank the Minister for that response. Will our Government press for the establishment of a prompt, impartial and independent investigation which will make public its findings and provide recommendations as to how the people who are responsible should be held to account?

United States: Interrogation of Detainees — Question (23 Apr 2009)

Lord Sheikh: To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the methods of interrogation of detainees revealed in the documents declassified by the Government of the United States.

United States: Interrogation of Detainees — Question (23 Apr 2009)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his response. The Obama Administration have been very honest and have told the world about the interrogation techniques. Will the Minister be equally honest and tell your Lordships' House whether we were aware that these techniques were being used and whether we used the information obtained by them in the United Kingdom?

Welfare Reform Bill: Second Reading (29 Apr 2009)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I support the Bill, as it is evident that the welfare system in this country is in urgent need of reform. Nevertheless, the Bill can be further strengthened during its passage through this House to ensure that we are as brave as we need to be in placing welfare reform at the heart of the strategy required to mend broken Britain. A welfare system cannot be simply a safety net; it...

Armed Forces — Debate (30 Apr 2009)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I strongly welcome the opportunity to debate this vital issue, as we are currently a nation undertaking two medium-sized conflicts on a peacetime budget of just 2.5 per cent of GDP. At the outset, I state that as a Muslim leader I totally condemn the appalling protests against our servicemen by a small group of misled persons when our troops returned home to Luton last month. A...

Sri Lanka — Statement (30 Apr 2009)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, there is a significant Tamil diaspora in this country. They are very concerned about what is happening to their friends and relatives, and we are very concerned about the humanitarian issue. As we all know, the Tamils are protesting outside in Parliament Square, and they have also been outside the Indian High Commission. Has the Minister met the Tamil leaders to assure them that...

Police: Stop and Search — Question (6 May 2009)

Lord Sheikh: To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of recently published figures relating to stop-and-search operations undertaken by the police.

Police: Stop and Search — Question (6 May 2009)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I thank the Minister for that response. The figures show that black people are almost eight times more likely to be stopped than people from white communities. Furthermore, stop and searches under Section 44 of the Terrorism Act have trebled in the past year. The situation in relation to ethnic minorities is disturbing. Does the Minister agree that action must be taken to curb this...


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