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RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION IN CHINA

EDM (Early Day Motion) 999: tabled on 10 November 2005

Tabled in the 2005-06 session.

This motion has been signed by 82 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

Motion text

That this House expresses grave concern at the persecution suffered by Christians in China, through imprisonment, torture, financial penalties and other mistreatment; condemns the numerous arrests of Christians which have taken place in recent months, especially those accompanied by beating resulting in serious injury, and condemns the ongoing incarceration of several church leaders who are in poor health; notes in particular the sentencing of Pastor Cai Zhuohua, his wife and brother-in-law in Beijing on 8th November to three years', two years' and one-and-a-half years' imprisonment respectively for charges relating to the production of bibles and religious literature; expresses concern at the prosecution of religious activities under the guise of economic crimes; and calls on the Chinese Government to refrain from those acts which defeat the object and purpose of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which protects the right of the individual to religious freedom, and to which it is a signatory, and to discontinue treating with impunity those who perpetrate human rights abuses against religious believers in violation of international human rights standards.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

Amess, Mr David
Conservative
Signed on 6 December 2005
Southend West
Barrett, John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 6 December 2005
Edinburgh West
Bottomley, Sir Peter
Conservative
Signed on 11 November 2005
Worthing West
Brazier, Mr Julian
Conservative
Signed on 6 December 2005
Canterbury
Breed, Mr Colin
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 16 November 2005
South East Cornwall
Brokenshire, James
Conservative
Signed on 12 December 2005
Hornchurch
Brooke, Annette
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 21 November 2005
Mid Dorset and North Poole
Burstow, Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 23 November 2005
Sutton and Cheam
Cable, Dr Vincent
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 22 November 2005
Twickenham
Campbell, Mr Gregory
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 15 November 2005
East Londonderry
Caton, Mr Martin
Labour
Signed on 11 November 2005
Gower
Crabb, Mr Stephen
Conservative
Signed on 17 November 2005
Preseli Pembrokeshire
Cryer, Mrs Ann
Labour
Signed on 16 November 2005
Keighley
Dodds, Mr Nigel
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 15 November 2005
Belfast North
Donaldson, Mr Jeffrey M.
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 16 November 2005
Lagan Valley
Drew, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 17 November 2005
Stroud
Duddridge, James
Conservative
Signed on 6 December 2005
Rochford and Southend East
Etherington, Bill
Labour
Signed on 23 November 2005
Sunderland North
Fabricant, Michael
Conservative
Signed on 6 December 2005
Lichfield
Gerrard, Mr Neil
Labour
Signed on 28 November 2005
Walthamstow
Gidley, Sandra
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 24 November 2005
Romsey
Gillan, Mrs Cheryl
Conservative
Signed on 7 December 2005
Chesham and Amersham
Gove, Michael
Conservative
Signed on 8 December 2005
Surrey Heath
Gummer, Mr John
Conservative
Signed on 20 December 2005
Suffolk Coastal
Hammond, Mr Philip
Conservative
Signed on 9 January 2006
Runnymede and Weybridge
Hands, Mr Greg
Conservative
Signed on 16 November 2005
Hammersmith and Fulham
Heald, Mr Oliver
Conservative
Signed on 6 December 2005
North East Hertfordshire
Hemming, John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 24 November 2005
Birmingham, Yardley
Hendry, Charles
Conservative
Signed on 20 December 2005
Wealden
Holloway, Mr Adam
Conservative
Signed on 2 December 2005
Gravesham
Hopkins, Kelvin
Labour
Signed on 15 November 2005
Luton North
Horwood, Mr Martin
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 29 November 2005
Cheltenham
Hoyle, Mr Lindsay
Labour
Signed on 14 November 2005
Chorley
Hunter, Mark
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 17 November 2005
Cheadle
Jenkins, Mr Brian
Labour
Signed on 22 November 2005
Tamworth
Jones, Lynne
Labour
Signed on 14 November 2005
Birmingham, Selly Oak
Laing, Mrs Eleanor
Conservative
Signed on 10 January 2006
Epping Forest
Lazarowicz, Mark
Labour
Signed on 24 November 2005
Edinburgh North and Leith
Leech, Mr John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 17 November 2005
Manchester, Withington
Lewis, Dr Julian
Conservative
Signed on 7 December 2005
New Forest East
Llwyd, Mr Elfyn
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 14 November 2005
Meirionnydd Nant Conwy
Maclean, David
Conservative
Signed on 20 December 2005
Penrith and The Border
MacNeil, Mr Angus
Scottish National Party
Signed on 15 November 2005
Na h-Eileanan an Iar
Main, Anne
Conservative
Signed on 15 December 2005
St Albans
Marris, Rob
Labour
Signed on 14 November 2005
Wolverhampton South West
Marsden, Mr Gordon
Labour
Signed on 16 November 2005
Blackpool South
McCrea, Rev Dr William
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 15 November 2005
South Antrim
Mercer, Patrick
Conservative
Signed on 13 December 2005
Newark
Milton, Anne
Conservative
Signed on 6 December 2005
Guildford
Murrison, Dr Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 20 December 2005
Westbury
Pope, Mr Greg
Labour
Signed on 24 November 2005
Hyndburn
Pugh, Dr John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 24 November 2005
Southport
Randall, Mr John
Conservative
Signed on 2 December 2005
Uxbridge
Robinson, Mrs Iris
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 15 November 2005
Strangford
Rosindell, Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 30 November 2005
Romford
Russell, Bob
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 11 November 2005
Colchester
Sarwar, Mr Mohammad
Labour
Signed on 19 December 2005
Glasgow Central
Simpson, Alan
Labour
Signed on 21 November 2005
Nottingham South
Simpson, David
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 16 November 2005
Upper Bann
Smith, Sir Robert
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 16 January 2006
West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine
Spelman, Mrs Caroline
Conservative
Signed on 19 December 2005
Meriden
Spink, Bob
Conservative
Signed on 14 November 2005
Castle Point
Streeter, Mr Gary
Conservative
Signed on 7 December 2005
South West Devon
Stringer, Graham
Labour
Signed on 14 November 2005
Manchester, Blackley
Stunell, Andrew
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 22 November 2005
Hazel Grove
Swinson, Jo
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 14 November 2005
East Dunbartonshire
Swire, Mr Hugo
Conservative
Signed on 6 March 2006
East Devon
Taylor, David
Labour
Signed on 15 November 2005
North West Leicestershire
Vis, Dr Rudi
Labour
Signed on 16 November 2005
Finchley and Golders Green
Walter, Mr Robert
Conservative
Signed on 23 March 2006
North Dorset
Watkinson, Angela
Conservative
Signed on 14 December 2005
Upminster
Weir, Mr Mike
Scottish National Party
Signed on 15 November 2005
Angus
Wiggin, Bill
Conservative
Signed on 5 December 2005
Leominster
Williams, Mrs Betty
Labour
Signed on 21 November 2005
Conwy
Williams, Stephen
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 11 November 2005
Bristol West
Winterton, Ann
Conservative
Signed on 14 November 2005
Congleton

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.