Don Foster MP

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Don Foster signs EDM 1898 - VIOLENCE AGAINST MINORITY COMMUNITIES IN INDONESIA

October 20, 2023 by admin in News

Don Foster MP has signed EDM 1898 on violence against minority communities in Indonesia. The EDM reads:

That this House notes disturbing evidence of an escalation in violence, harassment and intimidation against minority Muslim and Christian communities in Indonesia; is concerned extremists who are intolerant of religious minorities have been emboldened by the brutal murder of three Ahmadi Muslims in February, violent attacks on other Ahmadi Muslims on this and other occasions, the displacement of Ahmadi Muslims from their villages, and the destruction of Ahmadiyya Muslim mosques and Christian churches, as well as other restrictions on religious freedom; further notes with concern the continuing misuse of Indonesia’s Blasphemy Law, and the resulting atmosphere of radicalisation, violence and hatred; further notes that statements made by members of the Indonesian Government calling for a ban on the Ahmadiyya Muslim community are in contrast to the country’s stated commitment to religious freedom and tolerance; calls on the Government to raise concerns about religious freedom, and specifically the persecution of Ahmadi Muslims and Christians in Indonesia, with the Government of Indonesia, as well as with the United Nations Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Religion and Belief; urges Indonesia to revoke the 2008 Joint Ministerial decree against Ahmadi Muslims, to repeal the Blasphemy Law that is being misused to persecute minority communities, and to uphold complete freedom of religion for all; and further calls on the Government of Indonesia to ensure that all perpetrators of violence against minority communities are brought to justice and measures are taken to protect all citizens from further intimidation, harassment and violence.

Don Foster signs EDM 1677 - JEWISH NATIONAL FUND

October 20, 2023 by admin in News

Don Foster MP has signed EDM 1677 on the Jewish National Fund. The EDM reads:

That this House welcomes the Stop the Jewish National Fund (JNF) Campaign launched on 30 March 2023 by the Palestinian Boycott National Committee, the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network, Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign and others to inform the public about the JNF - Karen Kayemet L’Yisrael, its ongoing illegal expropriation of Palestinian land, concealing of destroyed Palestinian villages beneath parks and forests, and prevention of refugees from returning to their homes; notes that the JNF’s constitution is explicitly discriminatory by stating that land and property will never be rented, leased or sold to non-Jews; further notes that the UN rejected the JNF USA’s application for consultative status with the Economic and Social Council on the ground that it violates the principles of the UN Charter on Human Rights; regrets that the Prime Ministeris a JNF honorary patron; and believes that there is just cause to consider revocation of the JNF’s charitable status in the UK.

Fans make their stand

October 17, 2023 by admin in News

TWO-thirds of football fans want standing areas reintroduced to top-flight stadiums, an exclusive Daily Star Sunday ­survey has revealed.

The Daily Star Sunday quizzed 1,000 fans from more than 90 clubs in the biggest-ever poll of its kind. They found that 66.3% of football fans would support a return to standing. Only 17.3% opposed it, with the rest undecided.

Lib Dem MP Don Foster, who introduced the Safe Standing Bill to the Commons, said the results showed “clear support for standing”.

He said: “No one with any sense wants a ­return to the dark days of old-fashioned terraces, such as those at Hillsborough.

“We live in different times now and with the right stadium design and our modern safety culture, fans could choose to stand if they wanted and be as safe as they were sitting down.”

Read the full article https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/view/215957/Fans-make-their-stand/