When rape is a weapon of war


• European Parliament, Strasbourg, 24 November 2014

• Amjad Bashir MEP, UK Independence Party (Yorkshire & Lincolnshire), Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy (EFDD) group – @AmjadBashirMEP
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• Exchange of views with the 2014 Sakharov Prize laureate – Denis Mukwege

• Joint meeting
Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI)
Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET)
Committee on Development (DEVE)

Amjad Bashir discusses border controls

• European Parliament, Brussels, 20 November 2014

• Amjad Bashir MEP, UK Independence Party (Yorkshire & Lincolnshire), Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy (EFDD) group – @AmjadBashirMEP

• Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI)

• Item on Agenda: Foreigners and human rights in Morocco for a radically new asylum and migration policy

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Julien Blanc banned from entering uk

Dear Sir

The decision by the Home Office to ban controversial US ‘pick up artist’ Julien Blanc from this country is very welcome.

I have been among those to have publicly voiced anger at his sexually abusive methods and his plans to bring his appalling seminars here and I am delighted that he will now not be allowed onto our shores.

Women deserve to be treated with respect and this self-styled dating guru’s attitudes are a million miles away from that, whether, as he claims, it was ‘a horrible attempt at humour’ or not.

But wouldn’t it be nice if the Home Office took such a firm stand against hate-mongers, terrorists and murderers who come our way?

Yours faithfully

Amjad Bashir MEP

Religious leaders to speak at youth radicalisation event

World’s top religious leaders to speak at Youth radicalisation conference.
Come and hear them
Hear what some of the World’s leading religious figures have to say about how this growing threat can be dealt with, by reminding young people of the teachings of their religion, and developing strategies for combating religious intolerance.

At this key time, the combination of speakers has led many to predict this could be the most powerful conference of its kind in recent history.

Both the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey, and His Eminence Grand Mufti of Egypt, Shawki Ibrahim, will share the platform, in an example to the world, and present their key speeches.

Arrangements to secure a very high-level member of the Jewish community are also close to confirmation.

There will be a chance for questions ‘from the floor’ after the speeches.

This will be a ground-breaking conference, with world leading speakers, on tackling the radicalisation of young people.

Who should attend?

Policy makers, influencers, and those that represent people and nations, that want to be part of the solution to this world-changing issue.

It is anticipated that attendance will include MPs, MEPs, Peers, diplomats, special advisers and other distinguished guests.

Event hosted by Amjad Bashir MEP

Amjad Bashir MEP

When and Where

5 December 10am until 13:00

Westminster, London SW1P 3AA

Conference attendance is free, but must be confirmed by the RSVP deadline.

RSVP: By 1st December to Hassan Munir: EU@ibeeconsultants.co.uk

For answers to any questions contact Oliver Adam, 07788 558041

Aid cash should stay in the UK

Giving away millions of pounds to fight global warming abroad is plainly wrong when there is such great need for funds here, said local UKIP MEP Amjad Bashir.

“David Cameron is expected to hand over at least £650 million as part of our contribution to the Green Climate Fund.

“But what about our needs in this country, including flood defences which may very well be highlighted by the anticipated very wet winter?” said Mr Bashir, UKIP’s Communities spokesman.

“He knows the move is out of touch with the public’s mood which is why it is believed that instead of announcing the move on Thursday, as planned, he may well delay it because that is the day of the Rochester and Strood by-election, which they are on track to lose.

“The public is angry with his party’s commitment to give 0.7% of our gross national income in foreign aid but Cameron stubbornly won’t back down on it, unusually for a man who has happily reneged on pledges on other issues.

“We are the most generous nation on earth, you only have to think of the £32 million raised by last week’s Children In Need campaign and no one would flinch at sending funds at times of disasters.

“It is right that we should spend some of our budget on foreign aid but while there is so much need for extra funds here sending countless millions abroad in this way, as if from a bottomless pit, is plainly wrong.

“We should not be giving money away to countries which have space and nuclear programmes and those with corrupt regimes but that is precisely what we are currently doing,” he said.

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Ban Julien Blanc

BAN JULIEN BLANC, SAYS UKIP COMMUNITIES SPOKESMAN

UKIP Communities spokesman  Amjad Bashir is urging the Home Secretary to ban US “pick-up artist” Julien Blanc from entering the UK.

“There is no way that this man should be allowed into our country, his attitude and behaviour is abhorrent to all right-thinking people,” said Mr Bashir.

Blanc, a self-styled American dating coach, has already been thrown out of Australia after video footage showed him giving shocking ‘tips’ on how to ‘pick up’ women on the street, which led to thousands accusing him of objectifying women.

“He is due to start touring in the UK in February, well in my book, there is no way the government should give him a visa and allow him to spread his disgraceful sexist ‘pick up’ advice,” said Mr Bashir, MEP for Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire.

“I am all in favour of free speech but there are boundaries of acceptable behaviour and this incitement to sexually assault women goes way beyond them. I understand he himself has shared video clips showing him with his hand around women’s throats.

“”Everyone should be treated with respect and those who encourage women being treated as mere sex objects are not welcome on our shores. We are the most tolerant nation on earth but he should not be allowed in.

“I am not at all surprised that a petition by Change.org has already attracted more than 120,000 signatures and the Home Secretary must exercise her right to ban him,” said Mr Bashir.

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Alarm bells over NHS records

A survey showing that confidential NHS patient records are being lost and inappropriately shared an average of six times a day should sound alarm bells for future online plans, said MEP Amjad Bashir today.

“The government is pushing ahead with plans for the NHS to use more new IT to try to save billions of pounds but, like many NHS changes, it is being rushed through, not thought through.

“Obviously using new information technology to help the service run smoothly and benefit patients is to be welcomed in theory but there must be proper safeguards and today’s report by Big Brother Watch highlights that need.”

Research by the privacy group found there had been 7,255 breaches of data protection rules in three years, including at least 50 cases of information being posted on social media and 143 when private records were inappropriately accessed ‘for personal reasons.’

“The largest number of incidents was at South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (Mental Health), with 869 breaches which I find very alarming,” said Mr Bashir.

“Meanwhile health secretary Jeremy Hunt is advocating more new technology and greater access to records but I am concerned about patient confidentiality and whether in fact the schemes will save the £22b claimed,” said Mr Bashir, Euro-MP for Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire.

“At present up and down the country many computer systems used by GP practices, hospitals, social care, community nursing and mental health are not compatible and how many billions will have to be spent remedying that situation just to start with?

“There must be proper safeguards in place and greater penalties for those who abuse the system. People are rightly concerned about their care data being held  centrally with the potential for both mistakes and access by private bodies,” she added.

“NHS England wants to become “a digital pioneer” but we all know while pioneering is bold it is rarely straightforward. Let them not forget that patients  must always be at the heart of our health service. They want care and compassion from doctors and nurses and the best treatment available more than anything.”

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Radicalisation needs to be tackled at home

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David Cameron’s plans for countering British jihadis are like shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted, said Amjad Bashir, UKIP communities spokesman.

“Cancelling their passports and only letting them back ‘on our term’s, as he describes it, is fine and dandy but the problem is these predominately young people are being radicalised here.

“By the time they reach places such as Syria and Iraq they have already been radicalised and the damage to them and our country’s future and safety set in train,” said Mr Bashir, MEP for Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire.

“Stopping them from leaving is not the answer, they will cause terror and death here. We need to do much more to stop them becoming radicalised in the first place, we need to do more to engage everyone in British life.

“We have become more vulnerable after becoming involved in foreign bombing, said to improve our safety but, as every sensible person predicted, in fact having the opposite affect.

“No wonder many people feel desperate by the succession of leaders that just don’t listen, but a violent retaliation against westerners is not the answer.

“We need to do is show potential extremists that they can play a positive part in changing Britain for the better, and make Britain a more responsible world power.

“As a Muslim I know how difficult life can be for Muslims in the UK but people from all faiths also disagree with the government’s actions but do not seek to join the fighting abroad.

“To fight radicalisation the work must start here and we must all join forces and have respect and compassion for life and British values. More money needs to be spent on nurturing communities for the sake of everyone living here,” he said.

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Ambulance delays unacceptable

amjadbashLocal MEP Amjad Bashir is demanding an explanation about the treatment of an 89-year-old woman who was left lying injured in a North Yorkshire road for two hours.

‘I was both staggered and horrified to read that this poor woman was left lying in the rain for so long in agony with a suspected broken arm. Thank heavens for the kindness of strangers who kept her warm and dry while waiting for the ambulance.

“We all know that the NHS in all its forms is struggling under financial constraints but surely it cannot be right that this lady had to lie there for two hours,” said Mr Bashir, UKIP Communities spokesman.

“The North East Ambulance Service have apparently admitted that it took that long and blamed ‘a high volume of emergencies.’ Well I have written to them asking for a more detailed explanation. There must be a system of priorities and I would have thought that an injured vulnerable 89-year-old pensioner should be right up there.

“Our paramedics do a fantastic job and I have no criticism of them but I would like to get to the bottom of this incident. It would appear on face value to come down to insufficient ambulances and staff and if so that must be addressed.

“People need to feel confident that if an emergency situation arises the ambulance service will be swift to respond, it is so often literally a matter of life or death,” he added.

The woman, Evelyn Davey, fell after stumbling outside a social club in Ormesby, North Yorkshire.

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MEP writes to Prince Charles

UKIP MEP Amjad Bashir has written to Prince Charles congratulating him on his call for faith leaders to preach tolerance for other religions.

The prince has said that in light of the “horrendous and heart breaking” violence in Syria and Iraq it is vital that community leaders, such as Muslim imams, ensure worshippers within their own tradition respect the beliefs of others.

“As a British Muslim I wholeheartedly support what he has said about the need for tolerance and that faith leaders should try to ensure that people within their own tradition respect people from other faith traditions,” said Mr Bashir, Yorkshire Euro-MP.

“This is very much a two way street and the key is communication. Silence can lead to distrust, fear and misconstrued ideas and we all need to work together, both here and in the rest of this troubled world.

“I admire Prince Charles and I particularly endorse his desire, once he becomes King and Supreme Governor of the Church of England, to be seen not as Defender of The Faith but as Defender of Faith.

“This is a multi-cultural country which brings with it a diversity of religious faiths, all of which preach peace and love, yet extremists choose to commit atrocities in the name of their God. It is appalling that the so-called Islamic State in Iraq is persecuting Christians,” said Mr Bashir, UKIP’s Communities spokesman.

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