Thursday, January 21, 2010

The Ahmadiyya Muslim community's new website -which does me the honour of displaying a video of my remarks at the inauguration of their great mosque, the Baitul Futuh in Morden, Surrey:

Tuesday I joined in Tim Clement-Jones' Question about the UK's failure to provide facilities at our embassy in Baghdad for Iraqi business visitors to the UK. This is putting us at a huge competitive disadvantage with the French, the Germans and others who do issue these visas in Baghdad, at a time when the Iraqi oil and gas resources are being redeveloped and billions of $ of business is at stake.

Thursday, my own question, about the 7 Baha'is who have been detained incommunicado for two years and are now charged with a variety of serious offences carrying the death penalty. The trial continues on February 7, and I wanted the Government to raise the issue at the UN Human Rights Council's 'Universal Periodic Review' of Iran on February 15. This process is not effective but it could be at least a mechanism for getting some of the most flagrant abuses of human rights on the public record.

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