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Meeting With Chief Executive of Global Fund to End Modern Slavery and Challenge to Government to introduce a ban on cotton from Xinjiang and to remove any doubt about whose side we are on – the enslaved or the slave drivers

Today I met with Alex Thier, the Chief Executive of the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery, and we discussed my Modern Slavery (Amendment) Bill which has been given a First Reading by the House of Lords. The Bill would prohibit the falsification of slavery and human...

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‘We would not take patients’ lives’ – 1,689 doctors take stand against assisted suicide law and write to Health Secretary Sajid Javid: “Any change would threaten society’s ability to safeguard vulnerable patients from abuse, it would undermine the trust the public places in physicians, and it would send a clear message to our frail, elderly and disabled patients about the value that society places on them as people.”

‘We would not take patients’ lives’ - 1,689 doctors take stand against assisted suicide law and write to Health Secretary Sajid Javid: "Any change would threaten society’s ability to safeguard vulnerable patients from abuse, it would undermine the trust the public...

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Forced conversion of minor girls in Pakistan: The Government of Pakistan should not look away from a cruel practice which destroys young lives and does huge damage to the reputation of a great country. The Government should implement the recommendations of the Senate Committee on Minority Rights, setting the minimum age for voluntary religious conversion at 18 years, in accordance with the international norms and standards. And they should do it as a matter of urgency.

Forced conversion of minor girls in Pakistan During a recent meeting of the Parliamentary Commission for the rights of minorities in the Pakistan Senate, the Minister for Religious Affairs, Noorul Haq Qadri, said he does not support a restriction on religious...

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U.K. local authorities will review contracts for CCTV equipment from Hikvision, the Chinese tec firm. The Communities Secretary, Robert Jenrick MP, should require all local authorities to provide details of deals with Chinese companies and demand to see whether subsidised lowest bids for council developments have undercut unsubsidised U.K. companies.

U.K. local authorities will review contracts for CCTV equipment from Hikvision, the Chinese tec firm. The Communities Secretary, Robert Jenrick MP, should require all local authorities to provide details of deals with Chinese companies and demand to see whether subsidised lowest bids for council developments have undercut unsubsidised U.K. companies.

Sunday Telegraph June 20th 2021 Today’s Sunday Telegraph has revealed that U.K. local authorities will review contracts for CCTV equipment from Hikvision, the Chinese tec firm, black listed in the US but not the U.K. The company has been accused of helping to build...

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Afghanistan – House of Lords debate

Afghanistan – House of Lords debate

In Parliament today I was struck that twenty years after 9:11 we have given the Taliban a free pass and opened the way for a new wave of terror - inspired by a medieval theocratic ideology that cherishes violence, degrades women, trades in lethal drugs, persecutes...

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What happened to the promise? December 9th Webinar – Invitation from the Coalition for Genocide Response commemorating the International Day on the Crime of Genocide with reflections on the Armenian Genocide and its contemporary implications.

What happened to the promise? December 9th Webinar – Invitation from the Coalition for Genocide Response commemorating the International Day on the Crime of Genocide with reflections on the Armenian Genocide and its contemporary implications.

Lord Alton of Liverpool and the Coalition for Genocide Response would like to invite you to a webinar marking the International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime: What Happened To The...

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Parliamentary Meeting To Discuss The Evidence That Babies in The Womb Pain Can Feel Pain. Ask your MP to attend and hear the views of two experts who, one pro life and one pro choice, agree that the new evidence should give us all pause for thought.

Parliamentary Meeting To Discuss The Evidence That Babies in The Womb Pain Can Feel Pain. Ask your MP to attend and hear the views of two experts who, one pro life and one pro choice, agree that the new evidence should give us all pause for thought.

The evidence that babies can feel pain in the womb, and during many abortions, highlights the humanity of the unborn child and provides another important reason to introduce legislation to protect the unborn child from abortion.To ensure MPs and Peers are aware of the...

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For an hour this week I spoke to the parents of Azroo Raja, a 13 year old girl in Pakistan- abducted, forcibly converted and married. She has been taken into safety but not yet allowed to be reunited with her family. MPs have raised her case in the House of Commons

For an hour this week I spoke to the parents of Azroo Raja, a 13 year old girl in Pakistan- abducted, forcibly converted and married. She has been taken into safety but not yet allowed to be reunited with her family. MPs have raised her case in the House of Commons

Webinar highlighting the plight of women and girls from religious minorities - an estimated 1000 Christian and Hindu girls are abducted, forcibly converted, and married, every year in Pakistan. https://protect-eu.mimecast.com/s/6svgCVA3BF3RqABtzgAPF?domain=youtube.com...

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Lord Patten on Hong Kong: “the rule of fear, rather than the rule of law” and says “China is involved at the moment in predatory purchasing wherever it can”. The case of the arrested and detained pro democracy activist Andy Li was raised in parliament.

Lord Patten on Hong Kong: “the rule of fear, rather than the rule of law” and says “China is involved at the moment in predatory purchasing wherever it can”. The case of the arrested and detained pro democracy activist Andy Li was raised in parliament.

The All Party Parliamentary Group today held a briefing meeting with Lord (Chris) Patten the last British Governor of Hong Kong: Full recording: Webinar with former Hong Kong Governor, Lord Patten, on “Hong Kong: what the future holds for this formerly autonomous...

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August 22nd – the International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief marked by a webinar organised by the Coalition for Genocide Response.               In May 2019, the UN General Assembly passed a resolution establishing the International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief to be marked on 22 August. In recent years, violence based on religion or belief is an ever-growing problem surpassing the threshold of the legal definition of crimes against humanity, war crimes and even genocide. Speakers will discuss some of the recent most egregious atrocities based on religion or belief and consider the response which is needed.

August 22nd – the International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief marked by a webinar organised by the Coalition for Genocide Response. In May 2019, the UN General Assembly passed a resolution establishing the International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief to be marked on 22 August. In recent years, violence based on religion or belief is an ever-growing problem surpassing the threshold of the legal definition of crimes against humanity, war crimes and even genocide. Speakers will discuss some of the recent most egregious atrocities based on religion or belief and consider the response which is needed.

    David Alton explains the background to the webinar Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6QACc8s1zM&feature=youtu.be...

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Lord Alton of Liverpool

About David Alton

He is a former Liberal Party Member of Parliament for a Liverpool constituency and Chief Whip – who has sat as an Independent Crossbench member of the House of Lords since 1997 when he was made a life peer. He is a Visiting Professor at Liverpool Hope University and author of several books.

Alton is known for his human rights work including the co-founding Jubilee Campaign and Jubilee Action, and serves as chair, patron, or trustee, of several charities and voluntary organisations. He is a member of the House of Lords Select Committee on International Relations and Defence.