The British Sikh Consultative Forum (BSCF), Sikh Human Rights Group, other Sikh organisations and Gurdwaras support the decision of the defeat of the post-Brexit Trade Bill, with peers overwhelmingly backing a move to stop the UK doing deals with countries that abuse human rights.
Members had asked the government and the Commons to think again on the UK’s future trade deals concerning: Parliament’s role, human rights, countries that commit genocide, and environment and welfare standards.
Dr Sadhu Singh, Vice Chairperson BSCF, said: “We wholeheartedly support the House of Lords decision to require the Government and the House of Commons to think again on the UK’s future trade deals. Specifically, to reforming Parliament’s role when it comes to making binding international trade agreements with countries that commit genocide, have or continue to breach primary instruments of international humanitarian law and well-established human rights norms. We also fully support the House of Lords decision on environment and welfare standards.”
The bill returned to the House of Commons for further consideration of Lords amendments.
The British Sikh Consultative Forum (BSCF) was established in 2002. It provides a forum for Sikh organisations to come together for mutual consultation. It offers a central point for interface with Government, national bodies, other organisations and communities. www.bscf.org