David Alton

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September 2017: North Korea’s Threat To World Peace

David Alton is Co-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on North Korea with Fiona Bruce MP. You can read about the security crisis at: 

https://davidalton.net/2017/07/14/house-of-lords-debate-on-the-security-and-human-rights-challenges-posed-by-north-korea-july-13th-2017-and-a-call-to-downgrade-the-uks-diplomatic-presence-in-response-to-the-launch-of-inter-cont/

But in all the talk about the nuclear threat, the exceptional brutality of the regime has been forgotten.

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At the bottom of this page read about the approach that has never been tried in bringing change to North Korea –  “Helsinki with a Korean Face”.

 

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And listen to some musicians trying to wake the world up to North Korea’s human rights violations: “a state without parallel” (the United Nations Commission) – and share it with others:

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Ooberfuse has a new song called Never Give Up out later this month — highlighting the plight of North Korean refugees (and all refugees). 

MUSIC VIDEO: https://youtu.be/t6xIUyh3Wqg

STREAMING and DOWNLOAD LINK: https://soundcloud.com/ooberfuse/ooberfuse-never-give-up-1/s-2f1fe

The Never Give Up music video features Jihyun Park who fled North Korea and is now living in Manchester UK.

Ooberfuse will be returning to Korea in September 2017 to help raise awareness and show solidarity with refugees. They will perform the song live in Sofar Sounds Seoul, Korea on 20 September 2017 as part of Amnesty International’s Give a Home global concert series. Taking place in cities all over the world on 20 September 2017, Ooberfuse have been invited to perform in Korea to join the global line up which includes Ed Sheeran, Rudimental, Jake Garratt, Lianne La Havas and Jessie Ware.
Ooberfuse tour dates:
02 September Bunkfest, Oxford
08 September Candlemaker, Clapham, London
16 September Club Vijon, Osaka, Japan
20 September Sofar Sounds Seoul, South Korea
14 October Acklam, Portobello, Notting Hill, London
26-30 October New Wave Festival, Mumbai, India

Ooberfuse are a songwriting duo composed of Hal St John and Cherrie Anderson from Woolwich, London. Their songs are audio footprints left behind by people impelled towards invisible things.

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Fiona Bruce MP and David Alton, Joint Chairs of the All Party Group on North Korea with Jieun Baek

Details of the APG’s work available from James Burt jamesburtappg@gmail.com

Website: www.appgnk.org

Twitter: @APPGNorthKorea

Facebook: facebook.com/appg.nk

 

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August 2017

Click here to read about Lancashire’s links to Gerard Manley Hopkins and J.R.R.Tolkien

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and to discover the Tolkien Trail – the perfect summer walk.

Also see: https://davidalton.net/2017/01/19/tolkien-faith-and-fiction-liverpool-hope-university-lecture-marking-the-fiftieth-anniversary-of-j-r-r-tolkiens-involvement-in-the-translation-of-the-jerusalem-bible-and-the-link-between-his-faith-2/

For more information please see   

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Article 18 of the 1948 Universal declaration of Human rights insists that everyone has the right to believe, not to believe or to change their belief. The latest reality check on this forgotten, contemptuously disregarded Right can be read in the latest freedom of religion report issued by the State Department: 

https://www.state.gov/j/drl/rls/irf/religiousfreedom/index.htm#wrapper

Letter in the Daily Telegraph, August 11th 2017.

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Support the campaign for justice and practical help for the Syrians and Iraqi Christians and Yazidis who have been subjected to genoicde. To help, contact Caroline Hull, Aid to the Church In Need:
By phone: 01524 388739
Or by email: caroline.hull@acnuk.org

 

See Minsterial Response to the failure to bring perpetrators to justice and the failure to use British aid to help belaugured minorities (in July letter from the Foreign Office): 

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Also see University of Oxford, March 3rd 2017: The John Milton Lecture

https://davidalton.net/2017/03/03/john-milton-lecture-mansfield-college-university-of-oxford-on-freedom-of-religion-or-belief-march-3rd-2017/

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August Official Ruling that 100,000 people are alive today in Northern Ireland thanks to their abortion law is correct.

https://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/835802/anti-abortion-movements-campaign-billboard-complaint

https://bothlivesmatter.org/both-lives-matter-pro-life-advert-found-to-be-accurate-by-the-asa

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This is an important story as it leaves in tatters the constant claims by abortion advocates worldwide that abortion restrictions do not reduce the number of abortions – this report shows when like with like are compared, on a conservative estimate 100,000 people are alive today in Northern Ireland because of their current legal situation on abortion – unlike the 8 million whose lives have been ended in Great Britain.

 

Ribble Valley Walk of Witness for the Right To Life on Bank Holiday Monday  2017

 

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Visit the We’re All Equal Campaign Site

http://allequal.org.uk/

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Kevin (Lord) Shinkwin introduced a Bill challenging discriminatory legislation and negative attitudes against unborn babies with disabilities:

https://davidalton.net/2016/10/22/the-shinkwin-bill-on-equality-discrimination-disability-and-abortion-law-has-been-given-a-second-reading/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/allequaluk/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/allequaluk

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/allequaluk/

 

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  •  Plight of Orphaned Refugee Children Raised in Parliament.
  • 2017.07.31 Letter from Baroness Williams to Lord Alton – does this mean the Government want to end their Dublin III responsibilities twoards refugee children after Brexit?
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    The story of Sir Nicholas Winton

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  • Lord Alton of Liverpool (CB)My Lords, as one of the signatories to the Dubs amendment, I signed it because it captured the spirit of Sir Nicholas Winton who, through the kindertransport, rescued 669 children from the Nazis.  the Government should specifically prioritise the youngest and, indeed, orphaned children such as the brother and sister whose case I highlighted in your Lordships’ House a few days ago, who were sleeping on the forecourt of a derelict petrol station? They are aged 13 and 12 and were orphaned in Aleppo.
  • Will the Minister also say what progress has been made on galvanising and co-ordinating the international community in assisting the 88,000 displaced young people now in Europe without parents and in establishing the fate of the 10,000 children who Europol has said have gone missing, and who must inevitably be at great risk of trafficking and exploitation?

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#RedWednesday – 23rd November 2016 – and in 2017 #RedWednesday will be held on November 22nd.

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The House of Parliament lit red on Red Wednesday in an act of solidarity with those who suffer for their faith or beliefs.

Click here for full details of Red Wednesday:

https://davidalton.net/2016/11/25/redwednesday-23rd-november-2016-circulate-details-to-others-so-that-red-wednesday-becomes-a-day-when-people-stand-together-for-the-persecuted-and-forgotten-silence-in-the-face-of-evil/

Westminster Hall – November 24th 2016 Launch of the Religious Freedom in the World Report – following Red Wednesday. Read the report at:  http://www.aina.org/news/20161124130319.htm

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And see:

https://davidalton.net/2016/10/27/international-religious-freedom-day-parliamentary-debate-on-anti-semitsm/

Red Wednesday was an opportunity to stand up for faith and freedom; to put pressure on the UK government and the international community to protect people of faithfind solutions to the problems that are fuelling extremist violence and to make our world a safer place.

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This picture was given to me in 1985 during an undercover  visit to Moscow to highlight the plight of persecuted Christians and Jews.

 It represents Stalin’s destruction of many Orthodox monasteries and churches  and the destiny of countless believers sent to the Siberian Gulags.

Persecution of millions of people, becuase of the religion or belief, continues all over the world today. See: 

https://davidalton.net/2017/03/23/carnage-at-westminster-as-parliamentarians-hear-from-some-of-those-who-face-terror-every-day-of-their-lives/

 

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  • Throughout the last year meetings have been held to promote Article 18 – Freedom of Religion or Belief – One was held in Nelson, Lancashire, on Sunday October 9th .
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Also see this new Jubilee Campaign report on the plight of Pakistani Christians:

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Foreign and Commonwealth Office Presentation: October 19th 2016

 Why Freedom of Religion and Belief Is Particularly Relevant

 Remarks and Power Point presentation may be viewed at: https://davidalton.net/media/

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October 2016:  eye-witness testimonies from Pakistan and Syria

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 PAKISTAN: ARCHBISHOP SEBASTIAN SHAW of Lahore.

Head of the largest Catholic diocese in Pakistan, he led the

Church’s response to the Easter Day 2016 Lahore Massacre

and other atrocities affecting Christians and other minorities.

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See full report:

https://davidalton.net/2016/10/18/parliament-hears-first-hand-accounts-about-the-situation-in-aleppo-and-in-pakistan-wednesday-november-23rd-has-been-declared-red-wednesday-when-westminster-abbey-and-westminster-cathedral-will/?iframe=true&theme_preview=true

 


October 2016 Letter to the Times about Chemical Weapons Attacks in Sudan

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October 22nd 2016:

In Reaction to the Indicative Evidence on the Use of Chemical Weapons by the Sudan Government:

The Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement (SPLM-N) has suspended all Political Engagement with the Sudan Government and Demanded that the Humanitarian Crisis and Civilian Protection to be Addressed Separately.


In September  2016: David Alton was   presented with the Thomas More Religious Freedom Advocacy Award

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September 2016 David opened a new Exhibition in Washington D.C. – September 16th  2016 – until March 2017  -Christian Heritage Centre exhibition on St.Thomas More and the Carrolls (the Foremost British-American Catholic  Family)  at the St.John Paul II Centre

https://davidalton.net/2016/09/15/christian-heritage-centre-exhibition-on-the-life-and-times-of-st-thomas-more-speaker-of-the-house-of-commons-lord-chancellor-patron-of-lawyers-statesmen-and-politicians-and-the-carrolls-the-fore/

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http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/washington-exhibit-highlights-gods-servant-first-st.-thomas-more

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In June 2016 David chaired the last of over 140 Roscoe Lectures which he founded in 1997 and after twenty years he retired as Professor oif Citizenship. In July  David Alton was  made a Fellow of Liverpool John Moores University . 

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Over the past couple of decades thousands of Good Citizenship Awards have been distributed and Roscoe Lectures have  been staged by Liverpool John Moores University’s Roscoe Foundation For Citizenship.  David Alton chaired  140 of the 141 Roscoe Lectures staged between 1997 and June 2016.

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Professor Monica Grady CBE and Professor Nigel Weatherill, Vice Chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University with award winner Sam Walton, a PhD student at LJMU’s Astrophysics Research Institute.

Here, David Alton explains the background:

Good Citizenship Awards

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_5jV9O6WsM

Roscoe Lectures

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGnVfxLl2fk

Details of the Roscoe Lectures and the background to the life of William Roscoe and his poetry may be found at

https://davidalton.net/2010/12/23/the-life-of-william-roscoe-father-of-liverpool-culture/


2016 – Several Public Lectures, including:

Liverpool Hope University Lecture: Tolkien Faith and Fiction

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https://davidalton.net/2016/11/10/tolkien-faith-and-fiction-liverpool-hope-university-lecture-marking-the-fiftieth-anniversary-of-j-r-r-tolkiens-involvement-in-the-translation-of-the-jerusalem-bible-and-the-link-between-his-faith/

You can follow the lecture with the link to the power point presentation slides at:

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A Premier Radio Lecture: “The Battle of Beliefs – a matter of life and death” – Liverpool

and  the 2016 Gonzaga –   Delivered at The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons,  Glasgow. 

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Premier Lecture:

Click here for presentation

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September 2016: Polish Lectures in Warsaw

https://davidalton.net/2016/10/07/warsaw-lectures-on-article-18-and-article-3-of-the-universal-declaration-of-human-rights-and-a-commemorative-visit-to-the-tomb-and-museum-of-blessed-jerzy-popieluszko-polands-martyr-for-religious/

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2016 – Christian Heritage Centre Events and Exhibitions: the tale of Two Thomas’ s

https://davidalton.net/2014/03/01/georgetown-presentation-by-lord-nicholas-windsor-royal-patron-of-the-christian-heritage-centre-and-the-case-for-religious-freedom-and-national-register-article-to-celebrate-thanksgivinganl/

Thomas Becket’s Fight For Conscience and Religious Freedom Commemorated at Westminster:  Becket Week  Events  – go to  https://davidalton.net/latest/

A Symposium on the relevance of Becket’s story, held at Lambeth, was sponsored by Christian Heritage Centre. Click here: Christian Heritage Centre added 7 new photos.

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3604319/Relic-murdered-archbishop-Thomas-Becket-England-pilgrimage.html

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/faith/article4672262.ece

 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-36356997

  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/2016/05/20/sacred-mysteries-beckets-tour-this-week-from-london-to-canterbur/

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2016 – Burma’s Cardinal Charles Bo Visited Westminster and, at Mr.Speaker’s House, called for the promotion of human rights in Burma for “unity through diversity”: See

https://davidalton.net/2016/05/04/cardinal-charles-bo-of-burma-visits-the-uk-details-of-meetings-in-liverpool-and-new-maldon/

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2016 Eleanor Rathbone: the Refugees’ M.P. – including a Reception, hosted by LJMU, in december 2016 and the January 2016 Roscoe Lecture to mark her life.

7Oth Anniversary of the death of Eleanor Rathbone.

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To Listen to the Roscoe Lecture on January 14th 2016 on the life of Eleanor Rathbone go to:

https://www.ljmu.ac.uk/about-us/roscoe-lecture-series

Exhibition of Eleanor’s life at the House of Commons:

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David Alton is Co-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on North Korea

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Korean National Day Celebration, London 2016

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October 2016

Jieun Baek, (a Belfer Center Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School and an expert on information flows into North Korea) gave a wonderful presentation (Wednesday evening) to the All Party Parliamentary group on North Korea about her new book, ‘North Korea’s Hidden Revolution: How the Information Underground is Transforming a Closed Society’. David Alton said that the best antidote to totalitarianism was the spread of ideas and knowledge of the alternatives which is why breaking North Korea’s information blockade is so important.

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Fiona Bruce MP and David Alton, Joint Chairs of the All Party Group on North Korea with Jieun Baek

November 2016 Lord Alton chaired a meeting at which  College Student’s Alliance for North Korean Human Rights  talked about discrimination and human rights violations in North Korea, how people in Pyongyang receive external information, and how the group engages young people through their work. The meeting was also addressed by Seung Hoon Chae D.Phil (Ph.D) Candidate in Politics M.Phil. Politics and B.A. Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the University of Oxford. he detailed his findings following interviews with some of the North Korean escapees now living in the United Kingdom.

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With Seung Hon Chae after his presentation in the British Parliament on November 8th.

Details of the APG’s work available from James Burt jamesburtappg@gmail.com

Website: www.appgnk.org 

Twitter: @APPGNorthKorea

Facebook: facebook.com/appg.nk 

and visit:

https://davidalton.net/2016/02/27/parliamentary-debate-on-the-security-and-human-rights-challenges-on-the-korean-peninsula-following-north-koreas-recent-nuclear-test/

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LAST WORDS

March 2016 Eric Avebury died.  Friends of  Eric Avebury later gathered at the Royal Institution to celebrate Lord Avebury’s life and work. Eric’s causes included championing the Dalit “untouchables” in India and in promoting the Gypsy Caravan Sites Act. Whether at home or overseas Eric Avebury countered  ill-informed prejudices and scapegoating. One of those who paid tribute to him at the Royal Institution was Damian Le Bas who said that Eric Avebury was “one of the greatest friends the Gypsies ever had.” See:  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmLj21Qts8M

http://travellerstimes.org.uk/Author/Damian+Le+Bas.aspx

https://davidalton.net/2016/02/15/eric-avebury-may-he-rest-in-peace/

September 2016 Sir Trevor Jones, former leader of Liverpool City Council died

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https://davidalton.net/2016/09/09/sir-trevor-jones-may-he-rest-in-peace/

 

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“Most of the things which really matter  can be summed up in pithy straight-forward words such as justice, liberty, duty, freedom,mercy, conscience, dignity, family, faith, fairness – life itself. These are the things which make for the common good and give people hope.”

Thank you for taking the time to visit this website. It was originally created by volunteers who wanted to provide easier access to some of the speeches I have made and to some of the articles and books which I have written.  Since then the site has been visited by over quarter of a million people from five continents with lots of positive and encouraging feedback.

 

Links on the site will take you to the contributions I made in the House of Commons between 1979 and 1997 – where I sat as a Liberal – and in the House of Lords – where I sit as an Independent Crossbench Peer – from 1997 until now.

There are also links to countries and issues about which I have taken a particular interest – such as poverty, gendercide, human cloning, and human trafficking.  The site  also features human rights reports on situations witnessed first-hand in countries like Sudan and Darfur, Congo, North Korea and Burma.  There are power point presentations and audio from talks. There are also biographical details and some links to organisations which whom I work or which champion some of the causes featured on this site.

 
Thank you for joining the visitors – I hope that you find what you were looking for.

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