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COLONIAL GENOCIDE AND THE CONGO

EDM (Early Day Motion) 2251: tabled on 24 May 2006

Tabled in the 2005-06 session.

This motion has been signed by 48 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 notes that in 2002 the Belgian Royal Museum of Africa commissioned a panel to investigate the nature and scale of atrocities committed by the then colonial authorities in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo; notes the commission was due to report in 2004, but no report seems to have been published; believes that many millions, estimated in 1919 at 50 per cent. of the population by official bodies of the Belgian Colonial government, died under the regime of King Leopold II between 1885 and 1908 in what was the world's only privately controlled colony, exposed in part by activists such as Roger Casement, British journalist E.D. Morel and UK, US and Swedish missionaries; whilst recognising the sensitivity of these matters in Belgium, believes the full truth should be known; and calls upon the Belgian government to publish all the evidence that is available and to apologise to the people of the Congo for the tragedy of King Leopold's regime, which can only be classed as genocide.

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.

Anderson, Janet
Labour
Signed on 5 June 2006
Rossendale and Darwen
Bottomley, Sir Peter
Conservative
Signed on 25 May 2006
Worthing West
Brake, Tom
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 14 June 2006
Carshalton and Wallington
Burden, Richard
Labour
Signed on 8 June 2006
Birmingham, Northfield
Cable, Dr Vincent
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 19 June 2006
Twickenham
Campbell, Mr Ronnie
Labour
Signed on 7 June 2006
Blyth Valley
Caton, Mr Martin
Labour
Signed on 25 May 2006
Gower
Chaytor, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 24 May 2006
Bury North
Conway, Derek
Conservative
Signed on 7 June 2006
Old Bexley and Sidcup
Corbyn, Jeremy
Labour
Signed on 8 June 2006
Islington North
Cryer, Mrs Ann
Labour
Signed on 20 June 2006
Keighley
Dean, Mrs Janet
Labour
Signed on 6 June 2006
Burton
Devine, Jim
Labour
Signed on 7 June 2006
Livingston
Drew, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 25 May 2006
Stroud
Durkan, Mark
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 6 June 2006
Foyle
Etherington, Bill
Labour
Signed on 12 June 2006
Sunderland North
Francis, Dr Hywel
Labour
Signed on 12 June 2006
Aberavon
Galloway, Mr George
Respect
Signed on 5 June 2006
Bethnal Green and Bow
George, Andrew
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 24 May 2006
St Ives
Godsiff, Mr Roger
Labour
Signed on 12 June 2006
Birmingham, Sparkbrook and Small Heath
Hamilton, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 14 June 2006
Midlothian
Hancock, Mr Mike
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 7 June 2006
Portsmouth South
Hemming, John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 22 June 2006
Birmingham, Yardley
Holmes, Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 25 May 2006
Chesterfield
Illsley, Mr Eric
Labour
Signed on 29 June 2006
Barnsley Central
Jenkins, Mr Brian
Labour
Signed on 5 June 2006
Tamworth
Khabra, Mr Piara S
Labour
Signed on 5 June 2006
Ealing, Southall
Leech, Mr John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 7 June 2006
Manchester, Withington
Llwyd, Mr Elfyn
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 7 June 2006
Meirionnydd Nant Conwy
MacNeil, Mr Angus
Scottish National Party
Signed on 7 June 2006
Na h-Eileanan an Iar
Marris, Rob
Labour
Signed on 7 June 2006
Wolverhampton South West
Martlew, Mr Eric
Labour
Signed on 5 June 2006
Carlisle
McCafferty, Chris
Labour
Signed on 7 June 2006
Calder Valley
McDonnell, Dr Alasdair
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 8 June 2006
Belfast South
Meale, Mr Alan
Labour
Signed on 25 May 2006
Mansfield
Morgan, Julie
Labour
Signed on 7 June 2006
Cardiff North
Price, Adam
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 9 October 2006
Carmarthen East and Dinefwr
Sarwar, Mr Mohammad
Labour
Signed on 6 July 2006
Glasgow Central
Simpson, Alan
Labour
Signed on 8 June 2006
Nottingham South
Vaz, Keith
Labour
Signed on 5 June 2006
Leicester East
Williams, Stephen
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 14 June 2006
Bristol West
Younger-Ross, Richard
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 5 June 2006
Teignbridge

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.