Don Foster MP

Don Foster MP - 40/267 - Bath's #1 Supporter

Don has signed EDM 2371 in support of religious freedom in Algeria

That this House commends the progress made by the Algerian government towards creating an open and democratic society, in which individuals have the right to freedom of conscience and freedom of religious belief; welcomes the formal recognition given to Christians through the Eglise Protestante d’Algrie; expresses regret and concern that Ordinance 06-03 continues to restrict freedom of worship and expression of faith for individual Christians and churches in Algeria, giving opportunity for people to be fined or jailed for practising their faith; and calls on the Algerian government to repeal Ordinance 06-03 in the interests of progressing their objective of building a fully open, democratic and free society.

Don Foster has signed EDM 2538 in support of Crisis at Christmas

That this House pays tribute to 40 years of Crisis at Christmas, which has provided support, companionship and vital services to homeless people at Christmas time since 1972; gives special acknowledgement to the hard work and dedication of the tens of thousands of volunteers and donors who have made this possible; recognises that whilstit is right to celebrate the lives helped and changed, it is a scandal that in twenty-firstcentury Britain homelessness still exists and that a single homeless person canapproach their local council for help and be turned away to sleep on the streets; and calls on the Government to consider what changes could be made to ensure that allhomeless people receive written advice, real assistance and emergency accommodation when they need it.

Don signed EDM 2441 on Human Rights in Egypt

That this House strongly condemns the continuing human rights abuses by the military rulers in Egypt; notes with serious concern that on 9 October 2011, 26 people were killed after the army targeted a peaceful protest marching to Egypt’s state television buildings at Maspero; is concerned that the ruling military’s account of the events seems contradictory to eye-witness reports and video footage; is deeply worried by reports that the prominent blogger and activist Alaa Abdelfattah is being detained, accused of a number of serious crimes in relation to the 9 October march; is deeply alarmed that the Egyptian authorities allegedly tortured the 24-year-old prisoner Essam Ali Atta to death; further condemns the Egyptian government’s increasing violence towards protestors and the use of military tribunals instead of civilian courts; is further concerned to hear accounts that the campaign of harassment and intimidation against journalists is escalating; and calls on the Government to put diplomatic pressure on the military rulers of Egypt to respect human rights, stop using military trials for citizens and end their crackdown on protestors and journalists.