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TREATMENT OF CHRISTIANS IN IRAQ

EDM (Early Day Motion) 344: tabled on 17 December 2008

Tabled in the 2008-09 session.

This motion has been signed by 67 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 is deeply concerned by the mass exodus of Iraqi Christians, which has decimated much of Iraq's ancient Assyrian-Chaldean community; notes that the Assyrian-Chaldeans make up over 95 per cent. of Iraq's Christians and that this exodus has largely been caused by escalating violence against Christians from fanatical extremists, including the bombing of churches and the assassination of Iraqi Christians; further notes that there has been illegal expropriation of Assyrian-Chaldean land and villages in Dohuk province and the Nineveh Plain in northern Iraq; recognises that Iraqi Christians are a major force for moderation, who can act as a significant buffer against the spread of extremism in Iraq; calls on the British and Iraqi governments urgently to encourage and support the creation of a self-governing province in Iraq for the Assyrian-Chaldeans, linked to the central government in Baghdad, situated in and around the Nineveh Plain and including the Tel Kaif, Al-Hamdaniya and Al-Shikhan districts, and governed by the Assyrian-Chaldeans and other ethnic groups living in that area, as these lands form part of the ancestral homeland of the Assyrian-Chaldeans and are still heavily populated by them; and urges the United Kingdom and Iraqi governments to support financially the reconstruction of the region, to end the political marginalisation of the democratically-elected Assyrian-Chaldean representatives in Iraq, to assist the Assyrian-Chaldeans in reclaiming their land and villages in Dohuk province and the Nineveh Plain, and to financially support internally displaced Assyrian-Chaldeans and the return and resettlement of Assyrian-Chaldean refugees.

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 18 December 2008
Southend West
Bottomley, Sir Peter
Conservative
Signed on 18 December 2008
Worthing West
Breed, Mr Colin
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 18 December 2008
South East Cornwall
Burden, Richard
Labour
Signed on 18 March 2009
Birmingham, Northfield
Cash, Mr William
Conservative
Signed on 13 January 2009
Stone
Caton, Mr Martin
Labour
Signed on 13 January 2009
Gower
Cawsey, Mr Ian
Labour
Signed on 1 April 2009
Brigg and Goole
Corbyn, Jeremy
Labour
Signed on 18 December 2008
Islington North
Cryer, Mrs Ann
Labour
Signed on 14 January 2009
Keighley
Davey, Mr Edward
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 15 January 2009
Kingston and Surbiton
Davies, Philip
Conservative
Signed on 18 December 2008
Shipley
Devine, Jim
Labour
Signed on 13 January 2009
Livingston
Dismore, Mr Andrew
Labour
Signed on 18 December 2008
Hendon
Dobbin, Jim
Labour
Signed on 12 January 2009
Heywood and Middleton
Dodds, Mr Nigel
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 3 March 2009
Belfast North
Drew, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 13 January 2009
Stroud
George, Andrew
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 18 December 2008
St Ives
Gerrard, Mr Neil
Labour
Signed on 18 December 2008
Walthamstow
Hamilton, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 22 January 2009
Midlothian
Hancock, Mr Mike
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 18 December 2008
Portsmouth South
Hands, Mr Greg
Conservative
Signed on 12 January 2009
Hammersmith and Fulham
Harris, Dr Evan
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 18 December 2008
Oxford West and Abingdon
Heyes, David
Labour
Signed on 9 February 2009
Ashton-under-Lyne
Horam, Mr John
Conservative
Signed on 23 February 2009
Orpington
Hoyle, Mr Lindsay
Labour
Signed on 13 January 2009
Chorley
Hughes, Simon
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 2 April 2009
North Southwark and Bermondsey
Huhne, Chris
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 19 January 2009
Eastleigh
Humble, Mrs Joan
Labour
Signed on 23 February 2009
Blackpool North and Fleetwood
Hunter, Mark
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 13 January 2009
Cheadle
Iddon, Dr Brian
Labour
Signed on 12 January 2009
Bolton South East
Jenkins, Mr Brian
Labour
Signed on 27 January 2009
Tamworth
Key, Robert
Conservative
Signed on 18 December 2008
Salisbury
Lamb, Norman
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 26 June 2009
North Norfolk
Leech, Mr John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 19 January 2009
Manchester, Withington
Lilley, Mr Peter
Conservative
Signed on 12 January 2009
Hitchin and Harpenden
Llwyd, Mr Elfyn
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 14 January 2009
Meirionnydd Nant Conwy
Mackinlay, Andrew
Labour
Signed on 12 March 2009
Thurrock
MacNeil, Mr Angus
Scottish National Party
Signed on 14 January 2009
Na h-Eileanan an Iar
McCrea, Rev Dr William
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 21 January 2009
South Antrim
McDonnell, Dr Alasdair
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 22 April 2009
Belfast South
McDonnell, John
Labour
Signed on 18 December 2008
Hayes and Harlington
McGrady, Mr Eddie
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 2 March 2009
South Down
Moss, Mr Malcolm
Conservative
Signed on 26 January 2009
North East Cambridgeshire
Pugh, Dr John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 22 January 2009
Southport
Reed, Mr Andy
Labour
Signed on 5 March 2009
Loughborough
Riordan, Mrs Linda
Labour
Signed on 4 March 2009
Halifax
Robinson, Mrs Iris
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 16 March 2009
Strangford
Sanders, Mr Adrian
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 18 December 2008
Torbay
Selous, Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 12 January 2009
South West Bedfordshire
Simpson, Alan
Labour
Signed on 21 January 2009
Nottingham South
Singh, Mr Marsha
Labour
Signed on 13 January 2009
Bradford West
Stringer, Graham
Labour
Signed on 27 February 2009
Manchester, Blackley
Stuart, Mr Graham
Conservative
Signed on 19 March 2009
Beverley and Holderness
Stunell, Andrew
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 12 January 2009
Hazel Grove
Taylor, David
Labour
Signed on 12 January 2009
North West Leicestershire
Vis, Dr Rudi
Labour
Signed on 19 January 2009
Finchley and Golders Green
Webb, Prof Steve
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 13 January 2009
Northavon
Whittingdale, Mr John
Conservative
Signed on 13 January 2009
Maldon and East Chelmsford
Williams, Mrs Betty
Labour
Signed on 12 January 2009
Conwy
Williams, Mark
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 19 January 2009
Ceredigion
Winterton, Sir Nicholas
Conservative
Signed on 13 January 2009
Macclesfield

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.