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The Wall Street Journal and the new authoritarian empires: “Mr. Putin’s goal isn’t only to restore the former Soviet Union in some form or other, but to establish a zone of influence throughout Central and Eastern Europe that approximates the borders of the former Warsaw Pact”

The Wall Street Journal-Robert Kaplan: “But the imperialism on the march today is in the East. Russia and China are determined to consume Ukraine and Taiwan, legacies of the Romanov and Qing dynasties respectively, into the latest versions of their historical empires…...

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Pictures to shake the conscience of the world.

Pictures to shake the conscience of the world.

In my youth, this powerful and disturbing single image - Huynh Cong “Nick” Ut’s photograph of a naked girl running from a napalm attack during the Vietnam War - came to define that moment and to disturb consciences. And images of starving Nigerian children caught up...

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Auditor General and Health and Safety Executive asked to investigate the purchase of non-compliant, faulty or fake PPE and Sajid Javid urged to introduce transparency in multi billion deals on face masks and lateral flow devices

Auditor General and Health and Safety Executive asked to investigate the purchase of non-compliant, faulty or fake PPE and Sajid Javid urged to introduce transparency in multi billion deals on face masks and lateral flow devices

A rush to obtain PPE to protect frontline medical and care staff from Covid has not just favoured the well connected to the government, through the notorious 'VIP' fast-lane, it has also led to the purchase of non-compliant, faulty or fake PPE. A BBC investigation by...

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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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Genocide Debate – House of Lords November 2021

Genocide Debate – House of Lords November 2021

Opening of Debate: Reported remarks of the Foreign Secretary that a genocide is underway against the Uyghur population in Xinjiang, China. House of LordsThursday 25 November 2021 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0w0NjNG-dQ Lord Alton of Liverpool:My Lords, in moving...

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Presented by: Jim Davies, High Sheriff of Merseyside

Presented by: Jim Davies, High Sheriff of Merseyside

Honourable Pro-Chancellor, I have pleasure in presenting Professor the Lord David Alton for the award of an Ambassador Fellowship from Liverpool John Moores University. We propose Lord Alton in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the civic life of the city...

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The webinar on Disappearing Women and Girls: Abducted, Forcibly Converted, Forcibly Married and Abused. It’s not girls and women who should be disappearing burg wholly unacceptable laws and practices which need to disappear…

The webinar on Disappearing Women and Girls: Abducted, Forcibly Converted, Forcibly Married and Abused. It’s not girls and women who should be disappearing burg wholly unacceptable laws and practices which need to disappear…

https://youtu.be/kELMgPDb1-Q Link to the Webinar David Alton highlighters three cases from Pakistan- Pakistan girls and women fleeing persecution locked up in a detention centre It’s not girls and women who should be disappearing burg wholly unacceptable laws and...

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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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The Coalition for Genocide Response: Webinar and Discussion, 5 PM (BST) August 5th, “Justice Delayed Is Justice Denied – Daesh Fighters Still Enjoying Impunity Six Years On” – Speakers include Pieter Omtzigt, Dutch Parliamentarian,  Sareta Ashraph, Barrister, Garden Court Chambers, Abid Shamdeen, Executive Director of Nadia’s Initiative.   Details of how to join are here:

The Coalition for Genocide Response: Webinar and Discussion, 5 PM (BST) August 5th, “Justice Delayed Is Justice Denied – Daesh Fighters Still Enjoying Impunity Six Years On” – Speakers include Pieter Omtzigt, Dutch Parliamentarian,  Sareta Ashraph, Barrister, Garden Court Chambers, Abid Shamdeen, Executive Director of Nadia’s Initiative. Details of how to join are here:

The Coalition for Genocide Response: Webinar and Discussion, 5 PM (BST) August 5th, “Justice Delayed Is Justice Denied - Daesh Fighters Still Enjoying Impunity Six Years On” - Speakers include Pieter Omtzigt, Dutch Parliamentarian,  Sareta Ashraph, Barrister,...

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The case of  Taiwanese democracy advocate, Lee Ming-che, jailed for five years in China and forced to eat rotting food and denied prison visits by his wife raised in Parliament during oral questions in the House of Lords.Minister acknowledges the worsening  repression and denial of human rights in China and Hong Kong.  And a protester reminds us of the barbarism of forced organ harvesting.

The case of Taiwanese democracy advocate, Lee Ming-che, jailed for five years in China and forced to eat rotting food and denied prison visits by his wife raised in Parliament during oral questions in the House of Lords.Minister acknowledges the worsening repression and denial of human rights in China and Hong Kong. And a protester reminds us of the barbarism of forced organ harvesting.

  The case of Taiwanese democracy advocate, Lee Ming -che, jailed for five years in China and forced to eat rotting food and denied prison visits by his wife raised in Parliament during oral questions in the House of Lords.Minister acknowledges the worsening...

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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.