Early day motion 1499

TARGETED MURDER OF AFGHAN SIKHS

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Total number of signatures: 34

Blackman, Bob Blackman, Kirsty Brown, Alan Chapman, Douglas
Cryer, John Cunningham, Alex Cunningham, Jim Davies, David TC
Day, Martyn Farrelly, Paul George, Ruth Glindon, Mary
Hepburn, Stephen Hermon, Lady Hill, Mike Hopkins, Kelvin
Law, Chris Lefroy, Jeremy Linden, David MacNeil, Angus
Main, Anne Martin, Sandy O'Mara, Jared Penning, Mike
Shannon, Jim Sharma, Virendra Spellar, John Stephens, Christopher
Thewliss, Alison Turley, Anna Walker, Thelma West, Catherine
Western, Matt Williamson, Chris

That this House notes with sadness the targeted murder of at least 19 people, mostly Sikhs, on 1 July 2018 in the Afghan city of Jalalabad; acknowledges that the suicide bombing murdered the majority of Afghanistan's Sikh community leaders, including Mr Avtar Singh Khalsa the only Sikh candidate for Parliament; recognises that the Sikh community in Afghanistan, along with other religious minorities, are under sustained assault by a government uninterested in them and a significant minority of the population who want to see them gone; notes that many members of the Afghan Sikh community have come to the UK to seek safety and have joined the large UK Sikh population centred on West London; asks the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs to meet representatives of the Sikh community in the UK to update them on the work the Government is doing; and calls for the Government to work with the international community to offer support and security to the persecuted minorities of Afghanistan.