David Alton

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Pakistan

 

Question  in the House about Pakistan  – Monday October 15th 2018

Pictures I took in October 2018 one of Pakistan’s “colonies”- shantytowns where religious minorities live in squalor.

 

Lord Alton of Liverpool (CB)

My Lords, having visited Pakistan earlier this month and seen first-hand the abject, festering conditions in which many of the country’s religious minorities live, and having heard accounts of abduction, rape, the forced marriage of a nine year-old, forced conversion, death sentences for so-called blasphemy—the Minister may have heard the interview on the “Today” programme on Saturday morning with a young woman whose mother has spent eight years on death row for so-called blasphemy with a death sentence hanging over her—and in one case, children being forced to watch as their parents were burned alive, I ask the Minister: how can the Home Office in all those circumstances continue to say that what is happening in Pakistan to religious believers and humanists is merely discrimination, not persecution?

 

Baroness Williams of Trafford

I do not think I or the House would disagree with the noble Lord in the examples that he cites, particularly those in Pakistan of certain religious groups being persecuted under blasphemy laws. Sadly, the laws in Pakistan are quite different from the laws here; unpalatable though we might find them, they are the laws there. Nevertheless, each application to our asylum system should be dealt with in terms of the persecution that people might face.

Subject: Questions tabled on Pakistan

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Asked by Lord Alton of Liverpool

Asked on: 16 October 2018

Home Office

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To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the reply by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 15 October (HL Deb, cols 282–3), whether the Home Office will now reclassify the systematic attacks on religious minorities in Pakistan as persecution rather than discrimination.

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Asked by Lord Alton of Liverpool

Asked on: 16 October 2018

Home Office

HL10708

To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many claims for asylum in the UK were successful in respect of religious minorities from Pakistan over the past five years.

 Q

Asked by Lord Alton of Liverpool

Asked on: 16 October 2018

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

HL10709

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of Pakistan to ensure that Pakistan’s quota system for jobs is not used to place workers from religious minorities in menial occupations.

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Asked by Lord Alton of Liverpool

Asked on: 16 October 2018

Department for International Development

HL10710

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what training programmes in Pakistan they support to help illiterate and impoverished members of minority communities to qualify for jobs.

 

Tabled on 10 October and due for answer by 24 October.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of the UK’s bilateral aid programme is directed towards the rebuilding of Pakistan’s colony shanty towns in which families from the country’s minorities live; what assessment they have made of the number of people, in total, living in those colonies and their access to running water, electricity or education; and when officials from the Department for International Development and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office last visited those colonies to assess the conditions of people living there. HL10527

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of reports that (1) Pakistani refugees have recently been rounded up by Thai police and taken to detention centres, and (2) Defence Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan has issued an instruction to the Immigration Bureau to detain all foreigners without visas, stating that they will be deported within a month; and whether they have assessed the likelihood that Christian and Ahmadis may face persecution when returned to Pakistan. HL10528

See:

https://davidalton.net/2016/03/28/carnage-in-lahore-pakistan-and-uk-governments-failure-to-challenge-persecution-or-the-culture-of-impunity-links-to-previous-posts-about-pakistans-christians-shahbaz-bhatti-asia-bibbi-and-the/

March 2nd was the seventh anniversary of the murder of Shahbaz Bhatti – Pakistan’s brave Minister for Minorities.  See:

Seven Years Later, Pakistan Has Failed To Bring Shahbaz Bhatti’s Murderer To Justice

If a country cannot bring to justice the killer of a Government Minister what chance do the country’s persecuted, beleaguered and fleeing minorities have? 

Pakistan was founded on principles of equality and justice. What has been done to its own citizens, and done with impunity, makes a mockery of those high ideals.

The white in the nation’s flag is there to represent the country’s minorities but as those minorities suffer and Pakistan’s law enforcement agencies and frightened leaders fail to speak or to act justly its flag has been dragged low.

Failure to act jeopardises the country’s future and undermines the prospect of a diverse and respectful society.

That is why we should never forget the sacrifice of Shahbaz Bhatti who gave his life for his people – accepting political office even though he knew it could cost him his life.

Shahbaz Bhatti شہباز بھٹی 

 

Bhatti images

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  • Pakistan:  Jubilee Campaign report on the plight of Pakistani Christians:

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Genocide

Times article September 2018 on campaign to bring perpetrators of genocide to justice. Click on:

https://davidalton.net/2018/09/09/we-must-do-more-to-protect-vulnerable-populationsfrom-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity-artilce-published-in-the-times-by-lord-alton-and-jan-figel-eu-special-envoy-on-freedom-of-religion-and/

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August 3rd – the day that the Genocide Began: 

davidalton.net/2018/08/03/today-is-a-fateful-anniversary-that-should-be-remembered-throughout-the-world/

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Eritrea

Eritrea In The News – Important new exhibition showing  at Resource for London from 5-30 September featuring more than 40 images – a mix of archive material and personal collections, some never publicly exhibited before.

Full details at:

https://davidalton.net/2018/09/08/eritrea-in-the-news-important-new-exhibition-open-to-see-in-london-during-september-it-is-showing-at-resource-for-london-from-5-30-september-and-features-more-than-40-images-a-mix-o/

 

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FGM

Parliamentary Debate on FGM – 200 Million Girls and Women Subjected to Female Genital Mutilation Globally: 

https://davidalton.net/2018/07/20/female-genital-mutilation-bill-debated-in-the-house-of-lords-200-million-women-are-subjected-to-fgm/

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China: Exhibition of Chinese Corpses and Religious Persecution

“Why is Britain allowing the bodies of unknown Chinese citizens – who may have been victims of torture, human rights violations, persecution or organ theft – to be turned into a travelling circus? “

The Times August 7th: Exhibition of Chinese Corpses Questioned – Speech to Hearing in Parliament, October 16th 2018. 

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/bodies-used-for-exhibition-could-be-chinese-dissidents-hd95jj5f8

https://www.sydneycriminallawyers.com.au/blog/calls-to-close-display-of-corpses-in-sydney/

See – for October 18th speech: 

https://davidalton.net/2018/07/24/skinless-cadavers-exhibited-in-birmingham-pose-questions-about-ethics-human-rights-and-human-dignity/

Swiss City Says No 

https://www.scmp.com/news/world/europe/article/2168869/swiss-city-bans-display-human-bodies-fearing-they-were-chinese

Also see:

Organ Harvesting In China And The Many Questions To Be Answered

Ewelina U. Ochab

https://www.forbes.com/sites/ewelinaochab/2018/10/16/organ-harvesting-in-china-and-the-many-questions/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

The French Civil code asks for the remains of deceased persons to be treated with respect, dignity and decency: an exhibition of cadavers aiming at making money doesn’t respect this requirement. French Appeal Judges noted that using these dead bodies to make money was one of the objectives.  So why not the UK?

 

 

August 2nd 2018 – Letter to The Times

 

2018 August 2nd Body Harvesting letter to The Times

New Cultural Revolution In China?

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Protestant church dynamited 

https://davidalton.net/2018/01/20/a-new-maoist-cultural-revolution-is-about-to-begin-as-china-jails-six-protestants-in-yunnan-province-catholic-christians-and-non-believers-need-to-speak-out-on-their-behalf-and-lessons-fr/

 

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Nigeria

More Than 200 Killed In One Weekend – Escalating Violence at the Hands of Fulani Militia and Boko Haram – as the Nigerian authorities look on

For Full House of Lords Debate, June 28th 2018 – Go To:

https://davidalton.net/2018/06/28/escalating-systematic-violence-in-nigeria-fulani-militias-and-boko-haram-threaten-the-future-of-one-of-africas-great-countries/

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Nigeria, May 22th 2018 Christians demonstrating peaceful against the bloodshed in Nigeria – after the murder of Two Priests and their Parishioners During the celebration of the Holy Mass, in Mbalom, Benue State on 24.04.2018. Picture from ACN.

Also see Politics Home – Central Lobby

https://twitter.com/CentralLobby/

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Also on Facebook at:

https://www.facebook.com/PoliticsHomeUK/

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On July 4th 2018, the Nigerian House of Representatives,  declared recent killings in Plateau State to be a genocide and called on the  federal government to immediately establish orphanages in areas affected by recent killings.

 

https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2018/07/04/house-designates-plateau-killings-as-genocide/amp/

 

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Sudan and South Sudan

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As South Sudan celebrates seven years of independence, its people have little to cheer. Its warring leaders must make a cease fire work – and from Nigeria to the Central African Republic Africa’s leaders should see what happens when you fail to stop a radical ideology in its tracks:

See

https://davidalton.net/2018/07/06/as-south-sudan-celebrates-seven-years-of-independence-its-people-have-little-to-cheer-its-warring-leaders-must-make-a-cease-fire-work-and-from-nigeria-to-the-central-african-republic-africas-le/

 Letter to the Times about Chemical Weapons Attacks in Sudan

October 22nd 2016:

 

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Burma

The Suffering of Burma’s Rohingya and Kachin peoples

 

Fleeing Rohingya

 

Calls in Parliament for Burmese Generals to Be Referred To The International Criminal Court For Crimes Against Humanity

Latest Parliamentary Replies As Burmese Military Extends Its Attacks In Kachin and Shan States – Calls in Parliament for Generals to be referred to the International Criminal Court and for An Independent Assessment of Whether Genocide Has Occurred against Rohingyas and Kachin

https://davidalton.net/2018/06/13/burmese-military-extends-its-attacks-in-kachin-and-shan-states-calls-in-parliament-for-generals-to-be-referred-to-the-international-criminal-court/

 Lord Alton of Liverpool (CB)

My Lords, in addition  to bringing people to justice, and in addition to the security that is required to enable return to Burma, does the noble Lord accept that the root cause of this was the denial of citizenship to the Rohingya people? Will he say what discussions we have had with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and the Government in Burma to that effect, and whether we will be imposing sanctions on members of the military who have been responsible for these depredations?

For Minister’s Reply See:

https://davidalton.net/2017/11/02/the-plight-of-burmas-rohingya/

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Rohingya Refugees

Lord Alton of Liverpool (CB)

Two months ago, the Rakhine advisory commission established by Aung San Suu Kyi, and chaired by the former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, published a report that offered a way out of this morass. However, within hours of its publication, a small militant group attacked police posts, precipitating a grossly disproportionate response by the Tatmadaw, the Burmese army, leading to this current crisis.

In condemning the initial attacks, we should concur with the United Nations and be equally clear that the Burmese army’s response to those attacks amounts to crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing. As one journalist put it, the Burmese army,

“wants to destroy an ethnicity, not end an insurgency”.

Continue reading at:

https://davidalton.net/2017/11/02/the-plight-of-burmas-rohingya/

 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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Egypt

Speech To Coptic Solidarity Conference, Capitol Hill, Washington DC June 2018

https://www.copticsolidarity.org/2018/06/28/lord-david-altons-presentation-at-coptic-solidaritys-9th-annual-conference/

At a conference on religious freedom, organised  by Coptic Solidarity, David Alton (Lord Alton of Liverpool) called for an international world wide day to highlight the right to freedom of religion or belief. 

Please follow this link to download the talk and slides:

Click Here:

Religious Persecution

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Coptic Solidarity 2018

Capitol Hill 2018

With Canadian MP Garnett Genuis and New Jersey Congressman, Chris Smith

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Red Wednesday November 28th 2018. Stand Up for Faith and Freedom

Time To See Red.

Following on from Red Wednesday 2017 the Colosseum was lit red on Saturday February 24th to highlight the plight of persecuted Christians

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See US State Department Report:

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

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Also see:

University of Oxford,  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/

and Foreign and Commonwealth Office Presentation: 

Why Freedom of Religion and Belief Is Particularly Relevant

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

Red Wednesday 2017 The Times

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Thanks to Mr.Speaker and the Lord Speaker Parliament was lit red to commemorate those who have died for the religion or beliefs.

March 22nd 2018 – Call To Commonwealth Leaders To Protect Those Persecuted For Their Religious Beliefs. See:

https://davidalton.net/2018/03/22/commonwealth-heads-of-government-meeting-2018-debate-in-the-house-of-lords-march-22nd-2018-references-to-free-speech-persecution-of-minorities-human-rights-violations-freedom-of-religion-or-bel/

http://www.anglicannews.org/news/2018/03/lambeth-palace-gathering-to-strengthen-religious-liberty-as-commonwealth-leaders-meet.aspx

 

Westminster Hall –  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 is 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.

 

Iraq and Syria

Support Minorities Who Were Subjected To ISIS Genocide And Are Now Returning To Their Devastated Villages and Homes

Genocide in Iraq and Syria

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 Letter in The Telegraph about Syrian Christian refugees.

Daily Telegraph Letter August 11th 2017

 

Assyrians hold banners as they march in solidarity with the Assyrians abducted by Islamic State fighters in Syria earlier this week, in Beirut

https://davidalton.net/2018/01/12/netherlands-joins-un-security-council-to-shine-light-on-is-genocide-excellent-article-by-ewelina-ochab-on-the-role-holland-is-playing-in-bringing-perpetrators-of-genocide-to-justice-and-why-we-shou/

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

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Sister Annie from Aleppo gave evidence in Parliament.

 

 

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/


 

 

1985 - Stalin and the Destruction of Christianity - given to DA during an undercover visit to the USSR

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, because 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/

 

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

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North Korea

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

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Daily Telegraph October 15th 2018

North Korea’s Threat To World Peace: See

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/

On February 5th a new report on human rights violations in North Korea was launched in Parliament. See: 

CSW NK Reportl

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David (Lord) Alton said at the launch: “While security threats understandably continue to dominate the headlines, the COI report has received less attention than it deserves. The report concluded that the “gravity, scale and nature” of the human rights violations in North Korea “reveal a State that does not have any parallel in the contemporary world”.

Much has changed inside North Korea in the past ten years, but the appalling human rights situation has not. In all the ski-slope diplomacy never lose sight of what this regime does to its own people.  

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200,000 people remain incarcerated in the regime’s gulags, where more than 300,000 people have been killed. The regime rapes, tortures, indoctrinates and lets millions of its people starve to death. Like Stalin, Kim Jong-un uses mock trials, purges and public executions.

When talks come – let them be hard headed and realistic – ushering in an era of reform and change. 

28 Sept 2017 DA ltr TheTimes re NK

Letter to the Times, September 28 from David Alton, Fiona Bruce MP, and Catharine West MP (Joint Chairs and Vice Chair of the All Party group on North Korea).

 

On the security situation see 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/ and text of remarks in the House of Lords in January 2018:

We have seen what it can do with abductions and assassinations, let alone cyberattacks, the hacking of crypto-currencies and cyber robberies, which can directly impact the United Kingdom…

Consider the plight of North Korean refugees. Just two months ago, 10 North Koreans, including women and a four year-old child, were repatriated to North Korea from China, despite South Korea’s willingness to give them refuge and citizenship. The father of one of the children, who had reached South Korea, issued an appeal broadcast by the BBC. He said that his wife and son would, 

“either face execution or wither away in a political prison camp”,

if sent back to North Korea. He said that he was haunted by images of his young son in detention:

“I can almost hear my baby calling my name”.

I was genuinely shocked to receive a parliamentary reply about this case, in which the Government confirmed that they had not made representations to China on behalf of those fleeing refugees.

We should not remain silent about the nature of this regime….

…as that regime strives to survive, Pyongyang will be duplicitous and try to drive wedges between the United States and its allies and encourage anti-American sentiment.

The north’s calibrated strategy will aim at securing relief from sanctions, but they are past masters of offering concessions that are never honoured.

We should recall that, between 2005 and 2009, the US unfroze $25 million of a North Korean fund at Banco Delta Asia, which the regime then used as a slush fund.

We must beware of being what Lenin called“useful idiots” in the hands of a well-practised and often cunning snake oil salesman.

Also see:

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/

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

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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 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.

Jieun Baek, (a Belfer Center Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School also spoke at the launch of the 2018 Human rights Report on North Korea. She previously gave a wonderful presentation to the All Party Parliamentary Group on North Korea about her 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

Details of the APG’s work available from Ryan Day: ryanchristopherday@googlemail.com

 

Website: www.appgnk.org Twitter:@APPGNorthKorea  Facebook: facebook.com/appg.nk

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Refugees And Citizens’ Rights

 

Why Sajid Javid Needs To Act On Children’s Citizenship Fees Before We Have Another Windrush Scandal.

https://davidalton.net/2018/06/13/why-sajid-javid-needs-to-act-on-childrens-citizenship-fees-before-we-have-another-windrush-scandal/

 

  • Refugees Fleeing Genocide, Persecution and War
  • 2017.07.31 Letter from Baroness Williams to Lord Alton – does this mean the Government want to end their Dublin III responsibilities towards refugee children after Brexit?
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    refugees during World War Two

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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?

Also see:

https://davidalton.net/2018/02/07/question-in-parliament-about-refugees-and-the-importance-of-mastering-the-english-language/

https://davidalton.net/2017/09/25/government-challenged-about-the-treatment-of-refugees-in-libya-and-allegations-that-shots-were-fired-on-search-and-rescue-vessels-following-an-open-letter-to-the-prime-minister-from-medecins/

https://davidalton.net/2016/03/13/government-defeated-on-asylum-seekers-and-the-chance-to-work-after-6-months-ending-benefit-dependency-also-links-to-posts-on-the-refugee-crisis/

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 Ireland and Life Issues

Northern Ireland

100 lives

In Northern Ireland today 100,000 people are alive because the 1967 abortion  laws were not enacted there.

Read Martin O’Brien (former editor of The Irish News):

Irish News [26] Column 8.2.2018 Abortion attitude may cost Sinn Fein dearly

SDLP’s Alban Maginness Sounds The Alarm in the Belfast Telegraph:

https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/opinion/news-analysis/unborn-child-has-never-been-in-greater-danger-on-the-island-of-ireland-than-at-the-present-time-36547699.html

davidalton.net/2017/07/01/parliament-forces-government-to-pay-northern-irish-women-1400-to-end-the-lives-of-their-children-ending-the-lives-of-the-unborn-victory-or-defeat/

Northern Ireland abortion statistics

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

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.

 

Human Beings Are Not Trash

This moving  story, reported by the BBC, about a baby who survived an abortion underlines both the  vulnerable  humanity of the lives we end and the reality that there is no such thing as a safe abortion for a baby in the womb. This woman began her life as discarded clinical waste but the actions of a good nurse and a loving family point to the radical alternatives we should be able to offer the babies whose lives are ended every three minutes in Britain.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-44357373

And what Edmund Burke might have made of our abortion laws: 

 

https://www.theburkean.co.uk/lord-alton-of-liverpool-edmund-burke-on-abortion/

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The mutant ideology that’s driving MPs to impose abortion on Northern Ireland: published June 15th 2018

The ‘alt-liberals’ are all-knowing, self-regarding and autocratic…

Full article at:

https://davidalton.net/2018/05/25/8894355-reasons-why-ireland-should-vote-no-today-and-continue-to-uphold-the-sanctity-and-dignity-of-every-human-life-because-both-lives-matter-irish-times-article-on-why-proposed-change/

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David Alton – addressing a Both Lives Matter meeting in Northern Ireland

Great meetings in Lisburn and Belfast as part of the Both Lives Matter campaign. This is a devolved issue that should be settled in Northern Ireland by its representatives and people – not by political elites determined to impose their political ideology. 

This is the most dangerous time ever for the unborn child in the island of Ireland.

As the women who spoke at these meetings said, 100,000 people are alive today because Northern Ireland rejected London’s abortion laws – which have led to one abortion every three minutes of every hour of every day.

So who does that make “progressive”, civilised and life affirming? They are right – in Northern Ireland, Both lives matter- woman and child – and they should keep it that way.

Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/careforni/

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Parliament: June 6th 2018

Lord Alton of Liverpool (CB)

My Lords, will the Minister agree that the caricature of the people of Northern Ireland as living in some antediluvian society has to be measured against a law that has led in Great Britain to some 9 million abortions—that is one every three minutes, 20 every single hour and 600 every working day, with one in five pregnancies now ended by abortion, and abortion up to and even during birth in the case of babies with disabilities, leading to 90% of all babies with Down’s syndrome being aborted. Is that something that we have a right to export to Northern Ireland, or do we not have a belief in devolution and the right of people in Northern Ireland to make up their mind on that issue for themselves?

 

Lord O’Shaughnessy (Government Minister)

 

I would not presume to make a caricature of the people of Northern Ireland in one way or another. What this debate has demonstrated is that there are deeply held beliefs in this area and, of course, there are significant consequences of decisions on abortion law in one regard or another. It has emphasised that those decisions, which are incredibly significant, ought to be made by the people whom they affect, via the elected representatives whom they put in power.

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By Maria Steen to the Citizens’ Assembly

Smoking may well kill your unborn child – Abortion most certainly does. There’s no such thing as a safe abortion for a baby in the womb.

 

 

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Scottish midwives who lost their jobs

 Call The Midwife: Don’t Sack Them – for refusing to collaborate in the killing of babies.

“… this week, I met Mary Doogan, one of the two Scottish midwives who lost their jobs…….The call of the midwife is an incredibly high calling. It is a call to bring new life into the world. To tell such women that they must facilitate the taking of the lives of babies in the womb or lose their jobs is not the hallmark of a liberal or tolerant society.” – David Alton in Parliament.

Click here to read what was said in Parliament:

https://davidalton.net/2018/01/25/katie-ascough-the-right-kind-of-pc-politically-courageous-rather-than-politically-correct/

and see Philippa Taylor:

http://www.cmfblog.org.uk/2018/02/20/back-to-the-backstreets-with-abortion/

 

The former Lord Chancellor, Lord Mackay of Clashfern, writes in The Times on why medics – such as midwives – should not be forced to act against their beliefs and why Baroness Nuala O’Loan is right to seek a change to the law. 

Click here to read Lord Mackay: 

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February 2018: The Daily Mail Highlights the cost of conscience in contemporary Britain:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5373943/Catholic-midwife-ousted-refusing-oversee-abortions.html

http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/commentandblogs/2018/02/19/why-we-must-protect-the-conscience-rights-of-medical-professionals/

 

 

Dr. Mary Neal is right to back the O’Loan Bill on conscientious objection and trenchantly sets out the reasons for doing so here:

http://blogs.bmj.com/medical-ethics/2018/01/29/conscientious-objection-a-quickish-answer/

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90 % of British babies with Downs Syndrome are aborted under the UK’s Eugenics Laws 

See the story of Cora: Friday March 2nd

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Well done Gerber for selecting Lucas, a baby with Downs, as their Gerber baby for 2018. Lucas was chosen from 140,000 entries. Perhaps their welcome choice will challenge UK laws and attitudes that permit abortion up to birth of babies with Downs, laws that lead to 90% of British Downs babies being killed. Perhaps Lucas’ amazing smile will soften a few hearts and challenge the UK’s Eugenics Laws.

Visit the We’re All Equal Campaign Site

http://allequal.org.uk/  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/allequaluk/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/allequaluk Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/allequaluk/

February 2018 Church of England Synod Debates Our attitudes Towards Downs

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/02/10/rate-downs-syndrome-abortions-uk-europe-akin-nazi-eugenics-church/

https://www.churchtimes.co.uk/articles/2018/16-february/news/uk/a-wise-debate-about-down-s-syndrome-could-have-a-huge-impact-synod-is-told

 

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

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

 

Actor, Tommy Jessop, stars in award winning, new short film FIGHTER which asks important questions about the freewill of an adult with Down’s syndromein the face of coercion (conscious or unconscious) from a parent.

Tommy was the first professional actor with Down’s syndrome to play the title role Hamlet in the original language in theatres across the south of England. 

More about Tommy Jessop:  see www.tommyjessop.com  Follow Tommy Jessop on twitter@tommyjessop Link to fighter trailer:http://fightershort.com/portfolio/fightertrailer2017

Also see this moving clip on “the love chromosome” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tNCFsPAQ94   http://www.thelovechromosome.com/

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Following Her Conscience

Student Leader, Katie Ascough Receives Prestigious Westminster Award For Her Outstanding Courage (pictured with Baroness O’Loan and Fiona Bruce MP). Read more:

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For details of the Westminster Award for Human Rights, Human Life and Human Dignity awarded to impeached Student Union President, Katey Ascough, go to: 

https://davidalton.net/2018/01/25/katie-ascough-the-right-kind-of-pc-politically-courageous-rather-than-politically-correct/

 

 

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Ireland’s President Gives A Posthumous Pardon To Miles Joyce

Click Here for the Background:

https://davidalton.net/2012/12/20/maamtrasna-murders-galway-commemoration-december-2012-130-years-after-the-execution-of-myles-joyce-an-innocent-man/

And Watch:

http://www.tg4.ie/en/player/home/?pid=5763458639001&teideal=Murdair%20Mh%C3%A1m%20Trasna&series=Murdair%20Mh%C3%A1m%20Trasna&dlft=35

 

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Plastics And Waste

For reply on April 4th 2018, go to:

https://davidalton.net/2018/02/07/question-raised-in-parliament-about-plastic-waste/

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Blue Planet, Plastics, and Their Impact on Marine Life Raised In Parliament,

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Lord Alton of Liverpool (Crossbench Peer)

My Lords, did the Minister see the alarming findings of the BBC’s programme on the disposal of plastics and the effects on whales, fish and other marine life described in “Blue Planet”? What advice are the Government giving to local authorities and others to deal more creatively with the disposal of plastics—and indeed the replacement of plastics by materials that can be recycled more easily?

  • Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth (Conservative, Government Minister)

My Lords, I did not have the privilege of seeing that programme, which I regret as I heard it was extremely good. The noble Lord is right to focus attention on some of the challenges we face. We are improving our position as a nation, but there is much to do. We are in favour of upping the targets that are currently being looked at, and what that improvement will be has yet to be announced—the current target is 60%. The noble Lord is right about the particular problem of marine challenges, which we are also looking at. Black plastics are a particular problem, and we have a working group looking at that.

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House of Lords January 9th 2018

My Lords, can the Minister tell us what percentage of the some 500,000 tonnes of plastic waste that are estimated to be exported from this country to China each year are actually capable of being recycled? Further, in his response to the noble Lord, Lord Teverson, he did not say anything about incineration. There has been some speculation that the Government might support incineration, but would that not be simply adding one environmental degradation to another?

My Lords, I used the phrase energy recovery. That is via the use of incineration and the source of fuel it provides is a much better use than landfill. Moreover, landfill quantities have been reduced dramatically. Some 3.7 million tonnes of plastic waste are created in this country of which 0.4 million tonnes is sent to China. That actually represents a reduction from 0.7 million tonnes of waste being exported in 2010, so a reducing amount of waste is going to China. However, it is clear that we need to do better, and that is why we are working on this issue.

February 2018: Plastic Fish Protest at Westminster

 

Lord Alton of Liverpool (CB)

February 5th 2018

My Lords, what studies have the Government commissioned into the environmental hazards that may occur if we start to burn large amounts of plastic waste, and what percentage of plastic can be recycled according to the Government’s own estimates?

Lord Gardiner of Kimble (Government Minister. Con)

My Lords, following considerable investment, there are now about 40 large municipal waste plants. They are highly regulated by the Environment Agency precisely to ensure that we recover energy and, importantly, they also operate within all the emission tests. I do not have the precise figure for what is currently recyclable but I will write to the noble Lord. However, the whole essence of our objective is to cut the amount of plastic in circulation and to reduce the variety of plastic so that we can recycle ever more.

Letter from the Minitser: February 26th:

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Theodore House Project Update:

See the following link for February 2018 update on progress on Theodore House :

2018 Theodore House - to be completed by the summer

To see the work in progress click on this linkhttp://www.christianheritagecentre.com/theodore-house/

Also read this article from The Universe, highlighting the “Special Relationship” of  direct links with the Founding Fathers.

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Earlier Feature Articles and recent press coverage of the charity’s work can be viewed athttp://www.christianheritagecentre.com/press/

The charity is an unremunerated labour of love and the Trustees have raised over £3 million of the £4 million target. Some generous sponsors have named rooms. There are still some opportunities to do this. For further details email  Anton’ de Piroanton@christianheritagecentre.com

Also see:

Washington DC Exhibition:

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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/

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

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Click here to read about Theodore House links to Gerard Manley Hopkins and J.R.R.Tolkien

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

http://www.christianheritagecentre.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/CHC-Tolkien-Booklet.pdf

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/

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/

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  • Some Other Lectures and Talks

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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 of 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/


The State of Politics and Democracy

January 2018: 

https://davidalton.net/2018/02/07/democracy-needs-more-than-votes-to-sustain-it-2/

Click here to read the Toast to William Pitt the Younger given at the City of Chester Pitt Club

https://davidalton.net/2017/11/04/the-pitt-club-chester-toast-to-william-pitt-the-younger-following-a-speech-entitled-o-my-country-how-i-love-my-country-but-do-we-november-2017/

Other  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/ 

Click link for You Tube presentation of the lecture

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

Click here for presentation

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

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View presentation atGlasgow 2016

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 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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50th Anniversary of Britain’s Abortion Laws: Lectures and Talks

To hear Dr.Alveda King – Martin Luther King’s niece –  Chen GuangChen the blind Chinese lawyer imprisoned for 4 years for exposing forced abortion – click on David Alton’s remarks marking more than 8 million UK abortions –  here: 

And here is someone, 30 years ago, leading the London Marathon Race and using the opportunity to support the unborn child https://youtu.be/9tuwo_Xd5fw?t=1392

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CLICK HERE:

https://davidalton.net/2017/12/04/8894355-reasons-why-ireland-should-continue-to-uphold-the-sanctity-and-dignity-of-every-human-life-because-every-life-matters-count-the-missing-britons-and-the-people-of-ireland-would-be/

AND HERE: 

Ireland 2017 Choose Life.

Click Here for  “Truth Should Speak To Power” – hear the speech delivered to mark 50 years and 8 million lives ended:  

https://davidalton.net/2017/10/27/truth-should-speak-to-power-the-50th-anniversary-of-the-abortion-act-text-of-a-speech-delivered-outside-of-the-british-parliament-on-the-50th-anniversary-of-legislation-that-has-claimed-more-than/

Alton Herald 1967 Act Anniversary  Here, for article on the 50th anniversary of the Abortion Act – October 27th 2017: and here for an interview about the anniversary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCu6iAjRjSA

Ribble Valley Walk of Witness for the Right To Life on Bank Holiday Monday  2018

 

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The UK’s Death Toll:  8.8 milion –  One every 3 minutes; 20 every hour; 600 every working day.

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dietrich-bonhoeffer“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil…not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” Dietrich Bonheoffer

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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 had been elected 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, Pakistan, 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.

 
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