Amjad Bashir MEP at the EP

Bashir pressure halts Myanmar trade trip

An EU trade mission to Myanmar scheduled for next week has been cancelled following pressure from campaigning MEP Amjad Bashir. The delegation from the European Parliament’s International Trade Committee was due to visit Myanmar to explore a potential expansion of trade agreements with the EU – despite international condemnation of ethnic cleansing there. Mr Bashir, Conservative MEP for Yorkshire and …

Amjad: We need sanctions now to protect oppressed Rohingyas

Campaigning MEP Amjad Bashir is calling for comprehensive international sanctions against Myanmar in response to the persecution of the Rohingya Muslims in the West of the country. An urgent resolution to go before the European Parliament on Thursday will press the European Union to consider all possible means of compelling the Myanmar Burmese authorities to halt the atrocities which have …

Amjad: On trade deals, real reform must come first

Reforms to uphold human rights should be a pre-requisite before trade deals are negotiated with Asia-Pacific countries, a high-powered gathering of diplomats was told in Brussels today. Amjad Bashir MEP said economic liberalisation should also be in place in countries looking to strike agreements. The Conservative MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber warned that the European Union’s “carrot and stick” …

Amjad Bashir MEP: Pakistan resolution sends wrong message

A resolution attacking Pakistan for “fantasy” breaches of human rights will send the wrong message to an ally in need of help, MEPs were warned today. Amjad Bashir, Conservative MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber, sounded the caution as the European Parliament in Strasbourg debated an urgent resolution criticising Pakistan’s use of military courts and alleging government responsibility for anti-blasphemy …

MEP Amjad Bashir in the EP in Strasbourg

Bashir report on statelessness piles pressure on Myanmar

Campaigning MEP Amjad Bashir has won the overwhelming backing of the European Parliament for his groundbreaking report demanding action on the issue of statelessness in Asia. The report was approved by a plenary sitting of the Parliament in Strasbourg today (Tuesday) following worsening suppression of the world’s largest group of stateless people, the Rohingyas in Myanmar. The vote is expected …

Amjad Bashir MEP at the EP

Amjad: We must show terrorists they will never win

Amjad Bashir, Conservative MEP for Yorkshire and The Humber, has issued the following statement from Brussels in the wake of the terrorist bombings there: “Today’s events in Brussels have been truly shocking. Words seem inadequate to describe the disgust we all feel at such atrocities, and our deep sympathy for the victims and their loved ones. “The people who perpetrated this foul crime can …

Portrait of MEP Amjad Bashir in the EP in Strasbourg

Amjad leads calls for immediate release of former soldiers

Amjad Bashir is leading calls in the European Parliament for the immediate release of six British former soldiers imprisoned after running anti-piracy missions in the Indian Ocean. The MEP today condemned the jailing as “mistaken and wrong-headed” and said India must face international pressure to reverse its stance. Two former soldiers from Yorkshire among the six arrested and imprisoned on …