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My Thoughts on UK Airstrikes in Syria

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Over the past few days, I’ve been understandably queried on my views regarding whether Britain should bomb Daesh (ISIL) positions in Syria. In addition, some people have been asking me to protest against the bombing. Last night, MPs overwhelming voted to bomb Daesh in Syria.

Now I do understand where critics of the bombing campaign are coming from. Daesh will undoubtedly use the UK bombing campaign in their propaganda to support recruitment drives. I disagree with the Prime Minister that every pacifist or critic of the strategy is a “terrorist sympathiser”. Patently this is not true, though I think the comments were probably more rhetorical than a genuine reflection of his views on the matter.

In my view, no military intervention isn’t really an option. Daesh will hate and target us whether we bomb them or not. In addition to which, we are already bombing Daesh in Iraq, at the request of the Iraqi government. So it’s not like we aren’t already taking military intervention against the terrorist organization.

Nevertheless, we need to do more than just drop bombs. No matter how smart, bombs will not defeat Daesh on their own. We need to continue to very publicly challenge the Wahhabi-Islamist ideology at the core of Daesh and similar groups, and tackle their illegal economic operations, funding and support network.

Most importantly, we need to do much more with all international partners to put together a credible exit strategy; a political and economic solution that ensures a secure future for the Syrian and Iraqi peoples without terrorism or oppression.

Paul Salahuddin Armstrong

In Remembrance…

“O mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female and made you into nations and tribes that you might come to know one another. Verily, the most honoured of you in the sight of God is the most righteous of you. And God has full knowledge and is well acquainted (with all things).”
~ Holy Quran 49:13

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Illegal immigration to the UK

By Paul Salahuddin Armstrong

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Welcome to the UK! If you evade customs and enter the country illegally, we will put you up in 5 star hotels and pay you £35k per year!!! Who wouldn’t want to flee here?

Really, this an unacceptable situation. We desperately need an EU-wide plan to ensure border security, it is completely unacceptable that illegal immigrants are reaching France in the first place, without first being stopped!

In addition, EU nations need to be doing more to ensure the stabilization, security and economic prosperity of the countries from which illegal migrants are fleeing. Unless we resolve the issues at the root of this crisis, it will only worsen.

Now please don’t get me wrong… I have always sympathised with genuine asylum seekers and directly helped many over the years, but seriously this country has lost the plot!

Illegal immigrants are immigrants who have broken the law by entering the country illegally.

Now, where people are genuinely fleeing for their lives, this is understandable. But that is not always the case… Many are economic migrants who wouldn’t be granted visas any other way. Should we be treating these people better than our own citizens?

If this situation continues, it will undoubtedly cause and increase friction between British Citizens and immigrants, that is very likely to spill over and cause trouble for people already settled here, including those who’ve used legal channels and are naturalised British Citizens.

We must ensure we secure our borders and know who is entering or leaving the country. We cannot help anyone, when the institutions, infrastructure and communal harmony of our own country are put under so much pressure they begin to fall apart.

Free hotels for the Calais stowaways in soft touch Britain: Outrage as immigrants illegally entering UK get cooked meals and £35 cash a week within days of arrival: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3182519/Welcome-soft-touch-UK-Outrage-immigrants-illegally-entering-UK-free-hotel-rooms-cooked-meals-35-cash-week-days-arrival.html

Press Release On Memorial Day For Victims Of Honour Crimes

Shafilea Ahmed was killed in 2003. Tuesday, 14 July 2015, would have been her 29th birthday.

Shafilea Ahmed was killed in 2003. Tuesday, 14 July 2015, would have been her 29th birthday.

As the UK marks the first Memorial Day For Victims Of Honour Crimes, the Association of British Muslims (AoBM) lends support to the campaign raising awareness of gender issues among men and women. At the same time, AoBM notes that despite successful prosecution in cases of violence, there is still a pervasive social acceptance of abuses of women and girls, which is notably higher in some cultures than others. AoBM has a firm belief that every human being has the inviolable right to live free of fear or attack, and women and girls are key to a better future. Protecting the women is central to peace, prosperity and stability for all parts of the world.

AoBM believes that honour-based crimes are not limited to women and girls and can make men and boys victims if they are seen to have brought ‘shame’ to the family. In the same spirit, we recently lent support to Naz & Matt Foundation on tackling homophobia as we consider that honour crimes do not only encapsulate cases of intentional killing but also those cases where the victim is led to take his or her own life under psychological pressure from the society and family.

On this day when the UK remembers the victims of honour-based crimes, we call upon the government to ensure that the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women is transposed in the national law in full letter and spirit. We also demand improved oversight of strategy against honour crimes which shall include a comprehensive long-term awareness-raising programme with participation and commitment from all stakeholders. Prosecution of criminals is as much important as prevention of future crimes in the name of traditional practices that lead to violence against women.

Zahid Ali Akbar, Human Rights Director, The Association of British Muslims

Statement on the UK General Election

Congratulations to David Cameron and the Conservatives in securing a majority in the UK General Election.

The British People have put their trust in you to run the country over the next 5 years.

Keeping this in mind, we look forward to seeing the government making good on their election promises to the British People.

Paul Salahuddin Armstrong
Co-Director, The Association of British Muslims

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