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TREATMENT OF CHRISTIANS IN IRAQ

EDM (Early Day Motion) 1172: tabled on 23 March 2010

Tabled in the 2009-10 session.

This motion has been signed by 59 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 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 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 UK 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.

Beith, Sir Alan
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 24 March 2010
Berwick-upon-Tweed
Bottomley, Sir Peter
Conservative
Signed on 24 March 2010
Worthing West
Brake, Tom
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 30 March 2010
Carshalton and Wallington
Brooke, Annette
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 24 March 2010
Mid Dorset and North Poole
Burstow, Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 6 April 2010
Sutton and Cheam
Burt, Lorely
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 24 March 2010
Solihull
Campbell, Mr Gregory
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 24 March 2010
East Londonderry
Cash, Mr William
Conservative
Signed on 30 March 2010
Stone
Caton, Mr Martin
Labour
Signed on 24 March 2010
Gower
Cohen, Harry
Labour
Signed on 25 March 2010
Leyton and Wanstead
Connarty, Michael
Labour
Signed on 29 March 2010
Linlithgow and East Falkirk
Corbyn, Jeremy
Labour
Signed on 29 March 2010
Islington North
Crausby, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 24 March 2010
Bolton North East
Cryer, Mrs Ann
Labour
Signed on 24 March 2010
Keighley
Dismore, Mr Andrew
Labour
Signed on 24 March 2010
Hendon
Dobbin, Jim
Labour
Signed on 24 March 2010
Heywood and Middleton
Donaldson, Jeffrey M.
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 24 March 2010
Lagan Valley
Drew, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 25 March 2010
Stroud
George, Andrew
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 24 March 2010
St Ives
Gray, Mr James
Conservative
Signed on 24 March 2010
North Wiltshire
Hancock, Mr Mike
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 25 March 2010
Portsmouth South
Harvey, Nick
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 29 March 2010
North Devon
Hemming, John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 29 March 2010
Birmingham, Yardley
Hood, Mr Jim
Labour
Signed on 24 March 2010
Lanark and Hamilton East
Hopkins, Kelvin
Labour
Signed on 30 March 2010
Luton North
Howells, Dr Kim
Labour
Signed on 7 April 2010
Pontypridd
Hoyle, Mr Lindsay
Labour
Signed on 24 March 2010
Chorley
Hunter, Mark
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 24 March 2010
Cheadle
Jenkins, Mr Brian
Labour
Signed on 30 March 2010
Tamworth
Jones, Lynne
Labour
Signed on 24 March 2010
Birmingham, Selly Oak
Key, Robert
Conservative
Signed on 24 March 2010
Salisbury
Leech, Mr John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 30 March 2010
Manchester, Withington
MacNeil, Mr Angus
Scottish National Party
Signed on 29 March 2010
Na h-Eileanan an Iar
Marsden, Mr Gordon
Labour
Signed on 30 March 2010
Blackpool South
Martlew, Mr Eric
Labour
Signed on 6 April 2010
Carlisle
McCrea, Rev Dr William
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 30 March 2010
South Antrim
Meale, Mr Alan
Labour
Signed on 25 March 2010
Mansfield
Mulholland, Greg
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 30 March 2010
Leeds North West
Pelling, Mr Andrew
Independent
Signed on 6 April 2010
Croydon Central
Rosindell, Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 29 March 2010
Romford
Sanders, Mr Adrian
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 24 March 2010
Torbay
Simpson, Alan
Labour
Signed on 24 March 2010
Nottingham South
Stunell, Andrew
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 6 April 2010
Hazel Grove
Vis, Dr Rudi
Labour
Signed on 25 March 2010
Finchley and Golders Green
Wareing, Mr Robert N.
Independent
Signed on 29 March 2010
Liverpool, West Derby
Waterson, Mr Nigel
Conservative
Signed on 24 March 2010
Eastbourne
Weir, Mr Mike
Scottish National Party
Signed on 24 March 2010
Angus
Williams, Mark
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 6 April 2010
Ceredigion
Williams, Mr Roger
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 30 March 2010
Brecon and Radnorshire
Willis, Mr Phil
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 24 March 2010
Harrogate and Knaresborough
Winterton, Ann
Conservative
Signed on 29 March 2010
Congleton
Winterton, Sir Nicholas
Conservative
Signed on 24 March 2010
Macclesfield

These members had previously signed the motion, but have now withdrawn their support. The date shown is when the Member withdrew their signature from the motion.