Lord Alton of Liverpool – To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Algeria about the treatment of Ahmadis in that country; and if they have not made any such representations, what plans they have to do so.
Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon – The UK is committed to defending Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB) for all, and promoting respect between different religious and non- religious communities. Promoting the right to FoRB is one of the UK’s longstanding human rights policy priorities. Her Majesty’s Government is concerned about the treatment of religious minorities in Algeria, including the Ahmadiyya Muslim community. Our Embassy in Algiers is in regular contact with minority religious groups, and has contacted local Ahmadi representatives to understand their concerns and how best to support them. We continue to raise the difficulties encountered by minority religious groups in freely practicing their faith at senior official and ministerial level. Most recently Her Majesty’s Ambassador raised Freedom of Religion or Belief with the Minister of Interior in November 2020.
For the Uyghurs, Genocide is a word which dares not speak its name. For the sake of women like Rahima Mahmut, Gulzira Auelkhan, Sayragul Sauytbay, and Ruqiye Perhat – whose heart-breaking, shocking, stories are recorded here – it’s time that the crime of genocide was given definition in the UK. On January 19th Parliament can use its voice and speak that name – insisting on justice for victims of Genocide and refusing to make tawdry trade deals with those responsible for the crime above all crimes.
For the Uyghurs Genocide is a word which dares...