Results 21–40 of 1200 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Rehman Chishti

Public Services (28 Apr 2020)

Rehman Chishti: I join my right hon. Friend in paying tribute to our amazing frontline public sector workers. Does he agree that anyone who is convicted of spitting or coughing at those key workers, or of threatening them with covid, should receive an immediate custodial sentence?

Coronavirus Bill (23 Mar 2020)

Rehman Chishti: I thank the Secretary of State for the excellent work he has done to ensure that individuals get the care they need in these difficult and challenging times. On the human rights perspective, I thank the Secretary of State and the Government for listening to faith organisations. Initially there were concerns that under part 2 loved ones would have to be cremated. As somebody from a Muslim...

Economic Update (17 Mar 2020)

Rehman Chishti: I very much welcome the Chancellor’s statement and all that the Government are doing to support individuals and businesses in my constituency. I have a specific point for him that has been raised with me by the chairman of Gillingham football club. They are in league 1, but this also covers clubs in league 2. A lot of the matches for those clubs have been postponed. They rely on matchday...

Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Nigeria: Persecution of Christians (17 Mar 2020)

Rehman Chishti: I thank the Minister for that answer. On the question posed earlier about the United Kingdom being a leader and champion on freedom of religion or belief, will the Minister clarify that the UK, not just bilaterally but through other forums such as the International Religious Freedom Alliance and the International Contact Group in Geneva last week, has raised the issue of Nigeria? As the Prime...

Freedom of Religion or Belief — [Ms Karen Buck in the Chair] (12 Mar 2020)

Rehman Chishti: There was a question about progress on implementing the Truro review, which I lead on for the Prime Minister and the Government. When I came into post in September, those 22 different recommendations were divided into short-term, medium-term and long-term. Eleven of those recommendations, which I shared with Bishop Philip of Truro on Monday, have now been taken forward. Some of those are...

Freedom of Religion or Belief — [Ms Karen Buck in the Chair] (12 Mar 2020)

Rehman Chishti: I thank and pay tribute to my hon. Friend for all that he has done over the years to bring people together and to stand up for rule of law. Regarding what the United Kingdom will do on the prevention of genocide, I refer him to one of the Bishop of Truro’s 22 recommendations, which I am taking forward. Recommendation 7 calls for the FCO to “Ensure that there are mechanisms in place to...

Freedom of Religion or Belief — [Ms Karen Buck in the Chair] (12 Mar 2020)

Rehman Chishti: I thank the hon. Gentleman for having pushed for this debate, and for all the fantastic work he has done on religious freedom in his time in Parliament. When I as the special envoy met Rebecca Sharibu, Leah’s mother, we as the Government made it very clear to our Nigerian counterparts that everything that can be done to ensure Leah’s safe release should be done. We will continue to make...

Freedom of Religion or Belief — [Ms Karen Buck in the Chair] (12 Mar 2020)

Rehman Chishti: On the abuse of the blasphemy laws in Pakistan, as envoy I appointed Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali, the former Bishop of Rochester and also a bishop in Pakistan, to the advisory panel. His specific task was to look at how administrative changes can be made to address the abuse of the blasphemy laws. Blasphemy laws are often used against Muslims themselves over land disputes and other economic...

Freedom of Religion or Belief — [Ms Karen Buck in the Chair] (12 Mar 2020)

Rehman Chishti: I thank the hon. Gentleman and the delegation for their report, “Religions Minorities of Pakistan: report of a parliamentary visit”. As the Prime Minister’s special envoy, I met the Pakistani high commissioner and asked him to meet the parliamentarians to go through the findings in the report, so that they can work together to address the key issues facing people of all faiths and...

Britain in the World (13 Jan 2020)

Rehman Chishti: I welcome the Foreign Secretary’s commitment on human rights and I thank him for the fantastic work he has done—I remember serving with him on the Joint Committee on Human Rights many years ago when we first came to Parliament. Will he confirm that freedom of religion or belief will always be a key priority for the United Kingdom? Eighty per cent. of individuals around the world identify...

Middle East: Security (7 Jan 2020)

Rehman Chishti: I very much welcome the Secretary of State’s statement on de-escalation. As he knows, de-escalation could mean many things to many people. If one asked the Syrians, the Iraqis or the Lebanese, they would say that de-escalation means the Iranian militia not operating in their sovereign territory. What have the Iranians said their end game is? What do they want to de-escalate the situation,...

Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Human Rights (5 Nov 2019)

Rehman Chishti: Mr Speaker, may I join all colleagues around the House in congratulating you on your elevation to Speaker of the House? The key human right is article 18 of the universal declaration of human rights and people being able to practise their religion openly and freely. May I pay a huge tribute to the former Foreign Secretary, my right hon. Friend the Member for South West Surrey (Mr Hunt), for...

Tributes to the Speaker (31 Oct 2019)

Rehman Chishti: Time does not allow me to do justice to all the amazing work that you have done in the service of this Parliament, Mr Speaker. Before I came to Parliament, I was a young barrister, and I was told, “Brevity is a virtue, not a vice, so keep it short.” You have applied that rule when we have all spoken. I wish to cover three things: accessibility; the way you have treated Back-Bench Members...

Church Commissioners: Community Reconciliation (31 Oct 2019)

Rehman Chishti: May I also pay huge tribute to the Second Church Estates Commissioner, who has done an amazing job? With regard to paying tribute to the Archbishop of Canterbury and His Holiness the Pope, I was in the Vatican representing the Prime Minister. The work is amazing. Does the Second Church Estates Commissioner agree that one key thing that we need to do is to ensure that our diplomats have...

Early Parliamentary General Election Bill: Early parliamentary general election (29 Oct 2019)

Rehman Chishti: My hon. Friend uses the word “proper”. Does he agree that, as we head into this general election, it is vital that we have the firmest possible debates, but that they need to be done with civility and respect? In 2017, I had the worst campaign against me by my Labour opponent. On election night, a Labour group assistant on Medway Council said to an elected Member of Parliament who was...

Early Parliamentary General Election Bill: Early parliamentary general election (29 Oct 2019)

Rehman Chishti: My hon. Friend says that Parliament is broken. It is not just broken; it is as dead as a dodo. This Parliament cannot do anything—there is constant dither and delay. The public want us to get on and deliver, and a general election allows us to do that.

Early Parliamentary General Election Bill (29 Oct 2019)

Rehman Chishti: Will the Prime Minister confirm that the only indicative vote that passed through this Parliament was to find alternative arrangements to the backstop and that he removed the backstop from the deal, but this remain Parliament will still not vote for it? Therefore, his call for an election is the right thing to do—let the public decide.

Leaving the EU: Workers’ Rights (29 Oct 2019)

Rehman Chishti: The Secretary of State will have seen the EU report that says that 90% of economic growth in the next 15 years will be outside the EU. The United Kingdom therefore has to make decisions in line with its national interest that lead to more jobs, opportunities, prosperity and security. That is what we have been seeing in the last nine years that this Conservative Government have been in place.

Early Parliamentary General Election (28 Oct 2019)

Rehman Chishti: My hon. Friend is talking about the sad state of democracy in our country. When we go around the world and say, “The United Kingdom stands for respecting democracy and the rule of law,” other countries say, “Well, you had a referendum where the majority of the people wanted to leave, and your Parliament will not deliver on that.” It is quite clear that not being able to deliver on...

Home Department: Police Officer Numbers (28 Oct 2019)

Rehman Chishti: Police officers are on the frontline of defeating terrorism. The Minister will join me and all others here in welcoming the news of the demise of Baghdadi, the leader of the evil, vile and barbaric organisation Daesh. My question to the Minister is this: military action alone will not defeat Daesh—in 2015, I led the campaign to get the terminology right—so what step will he take to ensure...


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