FIONA BRUCE MP CONDEMNS THE 13-YEAR PRISON SENTENCE IMPOSED ON MALDIVES FORMER PRESIDENT MOHAMED NASHEED AFTER SHAM TRIAL AND
CALLS FOR INTERNATIONAL ACTION

14 March 2015

Fiona Bruce MP, Chairman of the Conservative Party Human Rights Commission, today condemned the decision by the Maldivian Criminal Court to jail former President of the Maldives Mohamed Nasheed for 13 years, describing it as a “blatant and grotesque injustice”.

The Maldivian Criminal Court sentenced former President Nasheed on Friday 13 March on charges of ‘terrorism’, for his role as President in the arrest and detention of a criminal court judge who had been accused of corruption, abuse of power and who had refused to obey police summons.

 
       
  FIONA BRUCE MP CALLS FOR RELEASE OF FORMER PRESIDENT MOHAMED NASHEED IN THE MALDIVES AND AN END TO “SHAM” TRIAL

12 March 2015

The new Chairman of the Conservative Party Human Rights Commission, Fiona Bruce MP, has expressed “grave concerns” over the mistreatment of Mohamed Nasheed, former President of the Maldives, who was arrested on 22 February and is currently on trial on terrorism charges.

Fiona said today: “Mohamed Nasheed is a champion of non-violent, peaceful democracy. Charging him with terrorism is in itself absurd, and blatantly politically-motivated. Furthermore, I am deeply concerned that he has been physically mistreated while in custody. The images of him being dragged along the ground into court were truly shocking

 
       
  Fiona Bruce MP appointed new Chairman of the Conservative Party Human Rights Commission

13 February 2015

Fiona Bruce MP (Congleton) is to be the new Chairman of the Conservative Party Human Rights Commission, following the appointment of Robert Buckland MP as Solicitor General.

Fiona was elected to Parliament in 2010, and has taken a very active interest in international human rights issues. She serves as Co-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on North Korea and has initiated several major debates on human rights in North Korea. In 2013 she travelled with the Speaker of the House of Commons and a cross-party parliamentary delegation to Burma.

 
       
  Conservative Human Rights Commission concerned about arrest of former President Mohamed Nasheed in Malé

06 March 2013

The Conservative Human Rights Commission (CHRC) today expressed grave concern at the arrest of former President of the Maldives Mohamed Nasheed in Malé, yesterday.  He is charged with abduction, relating to allegations that he unlawfully detained a senior judge shortly before he was ousted from power.  President Nasheed was the first democratically elected President in nearly thirty years when he came to power in 2008.

 
       
  Conservative Human Rights Commission concerned about arrest of former President Mohamed Nasheed in Malé

06 March 2013

The Conservative Human Rights Commission (CHRC) today expressed grave concern at the arrest of former President of the Maldives Mohamed Nasheed in Malé, yesterday.  He is charged with abduction, relating to allegations that he unlawfully detained a senior judge shortly before he was ousted from power.  President Nasheed was the first democratically elected President in nearly thirty years when he came to power in 2008.

Former President Nasheed has previously stated that the court proceedings against him were without any legal basis and were aimed at barring him from running in the presidential elections that have been scheduled for September this year.  Under Maldivian law, any jail sentence would rule out his candidature.

 
       
 

Launch of the Conservative Human Rights Commission’s new Report:
Professionals in the Firing Line

11 July 2012

The Conservative Party Human Rights Commission yesterday launched their latest report Professionals in the Firing Line: A report on violations of human rights affecting doctors, lawyers, teachers, business people and other professionals around the world.

The impartiality of doctors, nurses, lawyers, journalists, teachers and business people is of paramount importance across the world.  When the human rights of professionals are undermined or violated, the universal values of human rights for all people everywhere are threatened. 

 
       
 

Robert Buckland MP hosts delegation to discuss
human rights abuses in North Korea

12 June 2012

In his capacity as Chair of the Conservative Party Human Rights Commission, Robert Buckland MP today hosted a briefing for Members of Parliament about the state of human rights in North Korea.  Members of the International Coalition to Stop Crimes Against Humanity in North Korea (ICNK) attended the event, which was held in the House of Commons, to inform Members of Parliament on their work and how the United Kingdom is in a position to help.

 
       
 

UK Government takes first steps to ban human rights offenders

01 May 2012

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office yesterday published their 2011 Human Rights and Democracy Report (http://fcohrdreport.readandcomment.com/), in which a new piece of legislation was unveiled which would ban entry into the UK of foreign nationals who have been involved in torture, murder or other human rights abuses. The upcoming legislation was inspired by the death of Sergei Magnitsky, a Russian whistle-blowing lawyer who was tortured to death in Russian police custody in 2009.  No one has yet been brought to justice either for his torture and death of for the corruption which he uncovered.

 
       
  CHRC CALLS ON PAKISTAN TO REDOUBLE EFFORTS IN SHAHBAZ BHATTI MURDER INVESTIGATION ON FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF ASSASSINATION

02 March 2012

The Conservative Party Human Rights Commission today called on the Pakistani Government to redouble its efforts in the murder investigation of Shahbaz Bhatti, the late Federal Minister for Minorities Affairs.

Mr Bhatti was assassinated in Islamabad on 2 March 2011 by an unidentified gunman claiming to belong to the Pakistani Taliban.  His killers cited his opposition of Pakistan’s ‘blasphemy laws’ and his support for Christian blasphemy defendant, Asia Bibi, as the motive for the shooting.

 
       
  CONSERVATIVE PARTY HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION’S "GRAVE CONCERN" ABOUT THE SAFETY OF MOHAMED NASHEED AND THE POLITICAL CRISIS IN THE MALDIVES

09 February 2012

The Conservative Party Human Rights Commission today expressed grave concern over the political crisis in the Maldives.

Robert Buckland MP, Chairman of the Conservative Party Human Rights Commission, said:

“We are deeply concerned about the safety of Mohamed Nasheed and his supporters. In the Maldives, there has been a severe setback for democracy and human rights in the past three days.

 
       
  Minister supports the launch of Conservative Party Human Rights Commission's new report on international religious freedom

07 June 2011

Widespread violations of religious freedom around the world are documented in a new report by the Conservative Party Human Rights Commission released today. The Freedom to Believe: Protecting and Promoting Article 18 draws on evidence received in two oral hearings and various written submissions from human rights groups and religious communities, detailing serious violations of religious freedom.

"In too many countries around the world freedom of religion and belief is not respected, and religious believers and minorities face discrimination, restrictions and persecution," the report notes.

 
 

Robert Buckland MP New Chair of the Conservative Party Human Rights Commission
02 June 2011

Robert Buckland MP is to take up the new position as the new Chair of the Conservative Human Rights Commission.

 
       
 

Conservative Human Rights Commission urges a Conservative government
to engage with women human rights defenders: 11 January 2010

In a new report the Commission recommends that a future Conservative government should consult and involve Women Human Rights Defenders in political dialogue.

 
       
 

Conservative Party Human Rights Commission to publish two reports in 2010
11 January 2010

Following the appointment of Tony Baldry as the new Chairman of the Conservative Human Rights Commission, the Commission has undertaken to publish two reports before the General Election.

 
       
 

The Female Face of Afghanistan: Recommendations to a future UK Government launched on International Human Rights Day: 10 December 2009

On International Human Rights Day, the Commission, launched "The Female Face of Afghanistan at a reception held at the House of Commons.


 
       
 

Why we need a plan to tackle Sexual Violence as a Weapon of War
25 November 2008

When sexual violence is used as a widespread, systematic and deliberate weapon of war the international community has a moral responsibility to protect the victims and prosecute perpetrators.


 
       
 

Globalising Human Rights: A Conservative Agenda for UN Reform
18 March 2008

The Globalising Human Rightsreport has been submitted to the Shadow Foreign Secretary William Hague MP and analyses the performance of the UN Human Rights Council.


 
 
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