Over 200 parliamentarians call on UK Government to provide global humanitarian support during coronavirus pandemic

UK and other wealthy governments must take action to protect world’s poorest countries during coronavirus pandemic  OVER 200 PARLIAMENTARIANS from across parties are calling on the UK Government to provide urgent support to the world’s poorest and most vulnerable countries and communities as they deal with the COVID-19 crisis. Continue reading

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Rushanara Ali MP’s statement on the Spring Budget

After the Spring Budget announcement on 11 March, Rushanara Ali MP made the following statement:  Continue reading

Rushanara Ali MP campaigns to save Mildmay Hospital

Following news that London's only HIV/AIDS Hospital, made famous by Princess Diana, faces closure, Rushanara Ali MP joined the team at Mildmay Hospital to support their campaign.    Continue reading

Rushanara Ali MP celebrates International Mother Language Day

Rushanara Ali MP commemorates International Mother Language Day.  Continue reading

Rushanara Ali MP leads cross party parliamentary rejecting Trump's Middle East ‘plan’, calling for action against Israeli annexation.

133 MPs and peers, from across parties have written to Prime Minister Boris Johnson reacting to US President Trump’s so-called Middle East ‘peace plan’. In it, the parliamentarians express their grave concern over the plan’s contents, which they say “shows contempt for the aspirations and rights of the Palestinian people and international law, and provides no realistic basis for a return to negotiations.” Continue reading

Rushanara Ali MP's statement on International Court of Justice ruling on Myanmar

On Thursday 23 January, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the United Nation’s highest court, ordered the Myanmar government to prevent genocidal violence against its Rohingya Muslim minority, and preserve all evidence of past genocidal acts.  The case, filed by The Gambia, saw the 17 judges unanimously rule that Aung San Suu Kyi and the Myanmar government must respect the requirements of the United Nation’s 1948 genocide convention.    Continue reading

Rushanara Ali MP and Anne Main MP raise concerns over relocation of Rohingya refugees to Bhasan Char island

Rushanara Ali MP and Anne Main MP have today called on the Government of Bangladesh to rethink proposals for the relocation of Rohingya refugees to Bhasan Char Island. The two MP’s jointly chair the cross-party parliamentary group on the rights of the Rohingya. In August 2017, over 700,000 Rohingya were forced to relocate to refugee camps near Cox’s Bazar in southern Bangladesh, after fleeing a brutal crackdown by the Myanmar military, which UN investigators declared was conducted with “genocidal intent”. Currently there are over 1 million people based in the over-crowded makeshift camps, who continue to live with extremely limited access to food, healthcare and shelter. The Bangladesh Government has considered the relocation of some Rohingya refugees to Bhasan Char island as a solution to this humanitarian crisis. They hope this will ease overcrowding too. Previously, they had been unable to convince any refugees to go to the island. The plans have been publicly criticised by a number of humanitarian organisations who have expressed their concern as the silt island is susceptible to cyclones and flooding and is only accessible by boat. The UN has so far been denied the opportunity to conduct a technical and protection assessment of the island. On 20 October, the Refugee, Relief and Repatriation Commissioner, Mohammad Abul Kalam, declared that Bangladesh will start the relocation process at the beginning of November 2019. This follows reports that Government officials have started compiling the lists of refugees who are willing to move, and that several thousand have already confirmed their acceptance. Continue reading

Rushanara Ali MP's statement on court decision finding suspension of UK parliament unlawful

Earlier today, the Supreme Court declared the prorogation of Parliament unlawful.   Continue reading