On Tuesday 12 April, Edward Leigh rose to speak on behalf of the European Democrat Group in the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly in the debate on the Council’s Report on the Religious Dimension of Intercultural Dialogue:
I am sure that I speak for everyone when I say what an inspiring session we have had so far. It truly reminds us of the value of religion. I am sure that none of us could disagree with anything that we have heard. Indeed, I am sure that there is nothing in the report that any of us could disagree with, and that leads me to the theme of my remarks. I believe that the problem in Europe today is not diversity of religion, the strongly held views of people of various religions, or arguments between them; it is indifference from a great part of the European population. Read the rest of this entry »
Edward Leigh MP has expressed his concerns regarding the persecution of Christians in Iran to the Islamic Republic’s representative in the U.K. In a letter to the Ambassador, Mr Leigh wrote that he is “extremely concerned” over reports of severe persecution taking place in Iran, including arrests and detention.
Mr Leigh raised the particular cases of Ali Shahvari, Mojtaba Keshavarz-Ahmadi, Vahik Abramian, Sonia Keshish-Avanessian, Arash Kermajani, Arezo Teymouri, Rasool and Maryam Abdolahi, and other Christians including Yousef Nadarkhani. Mr Nadarkhani, a 33-year-old father of two, was arrested in October 2009 after he objected to the teaching of Islam to Christian children in schools, and has been held in prison ever since. He was formally charged with apostasy, found guilty, and sentenced to death. In December, Mr Nadarkhani’s lawyer lodged an appeal with the Iranian supreme court. Read the rest of this entry »
The following is the text of a letter sent by Edward Leigh MP to the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Ambassador to the United Kingdom. Read the rest of this entry »