tv British Youth Parliament Tackles Racism and Religious Discrimination CSPAN January 4, 2017 11:53am-12:28pm EST
is definitely wrong with our education system. the scrutinizing system puts things in us when the word education comes from the greek word, which means to bring out. education is to bring things out of us, show us our worth. i am worth more than two train tickets or that d i got on that exam that day, but that is for us to challenge, but we have to put this as a campaign if we want to do these things, we have to have this as a campaign if we want to change in the parliament. in one year, can we make meaningful steps to creating a curriculum that will prepare all young people for life? thank you. [ applause ] thank you. well, i hope you enjoyed lunch
even if it wasn't long enough and it's great to have you back. order. order. the youth parliament will now consider the fourth motion of the day. tackling racism and religious discrimination particularly against people who are muslim or jewish, the full motion is printed on the order paper. to move the motion, i call from army welfare services, germany, lizzy porter. [ applause ] >> thank you mr. speaker. the backbone to equality. many people on a daily basis are denied of their human rights, but why? why as humans do we feel it is acceptable to torture a man or
woman because of the color of their skin or their religious beliefs? in today's society, it is unbelievable that racism and religious discrimination exists especially with the diversity of cultures today in the uk, we are told by the significant people in our lives who we should or shouldn't associate ourselves with. but we're in 2016 and why is this still an issue? as members of youth parliament we should be trying to combat this hatred and us as young people have a voice that can be heard and will be heard. there is existing laws in place and there are organizations that work to battle against this sort of discrimination. yet, the past year has seen a 49% increase in the hate crimes reported on this topic.
if you are unsure, that is 53,819 in just 365 days. for the second year we have debated this topic, for the second time thousands of young people have told us this topic needs addressing, so why has this not happened? this is our opportunity as young people to keep this as a national campaign and finish the journey we have already started. so, we need to construct a path to guide future generation along without the religious and racial discrimination. not everyone is perfect, i'm not denying that, but what i do know is we have the power to make the impossible, possible. imagine it was one of your relatives or maybe a friends, how would you feel and how would
you make a change? as nelson mandela once said nobody is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion. people must learn to hate and if they can learn to hate then they can be taught to love. for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite. i ask you to join me on this depate and motion to give the nation the best chance at making a change. thank you. [ applause ] lizzy thank you to you for keeping up the debate with spirit and passion. now, members of the parliament to oppose the motion i hope you will give an equally warm welcome from the west midlands to russell manmanbona.
[ applause ] the race relations act of 1976 appoint in british history where a beacon of home has been sparked for minorities living in the uk, an initiated tack which is racism and religious discrimination, so why is it in 2016 saying otherwise, there have been numerous laws put in place, but can you tell me that you can walk out into your local neighborhood and honestly say that racism and religious discrimination has been truly addressed? 2013 and 14 saw nearly 13,000 racism reports to the police and a 15% increase with roughly 43,000 reported crimes.
this, ladies and gentlemen, is evident will i a growing epidemic that has grown almost beyond our control as members of youth parliament. look around you, look at where you are, look at the person sitting next to you, we are the united kingdom youth parliament. a diverse body of young individuals all with a common aim of making change. you don't believe me? in this room alone 33% of us are either black, asian, or from a minority ethnic group. the statistics speak for themselves. we are currently sitting within the four walls of british democracy. can you not see that change is in our hands?
if we were given more than a year to administrate a effective campaign, key word effective, maybe, just maybe we can tackle the issue that is racial discriminati discrimination, an issue that is such a large scale, this is exactly why they are working with people who devote their work to tackling racial and religious discrimination, it has rippled throughout the ages and made a mark in history, so to accomplish it in a mere six months would seem unlikely but it can be changed overtime and begins with us. we are the chosen ones brought forth to call change, we were elected to bring change.
we are sitting right here right now to make change. but let us make change on equally important topic, changes we can make with the resources at our disposal but simultaneously behind closed doors develop our arsenal to tackle racial and religious discrimination. thank you very much. [ applause ] >> thank you very much indeed. now, i'm looking to the east of england and i think there's one contributor today who is hoping to contribute to one of our dedates sta dedad debat debates. >> yes, my name is lilly thompson i represent the east of england. i feel so passionnality and this topic because every one of us is different. although different on the outside we are not very different on the inside.
if we looked inside of us we are not that different. we all have heart. we all have a brain, so we need to understand that everyone of us is human, so however we may be different on the outside we are still human on the inside and the people that are bullying don't understand that. so if we can help them to understand this, there might be a -- we might be able to prevent what's hang in future and might be able to prevent the highness of the suicide going from bullying from self-harming, so if we just let people know what's really happening i feel like we can make a difference because a little goes a long way. [ applause ] >> thank you. now, who wants to contribute from the northwest of england? now, these are -- these are --
the fellow that i would call spiky hair and yellow tire. >> thank you mr. speaker. i'm jacob, it's completedly undeniable. that is not who we are as a country and as decent human beings it's because of this that the issue gained so much support on the make your mark ballot. that's 123,499 young people telling us they know any form of discrimination, any form is completely wrong and more than that, they're using their democratic vice in society to tell us that. that i think is something to be proud of.
undoubtedly there is a small amount of people who do discriminate, but that's all i believe it is, a small minority and we need to lead by example like we have been doing all our lies and so this is a highly important issue, the way to get rid of any racial discrimination and racism is not through a national campaign and that's why i cannot support this motion. thank you. who have we got? yes the young woman here. >> thank you mr. speaker. mr. speaker, here is my question to all of you, why are people more worried about a piece of fabric on my head than my ability to succeed in their life, why are they more worried about the fabric on my hair than
what's inside my head. mr. speaker we are living in the 21st century, and we still have to deal with acts of xenophobiaism. i'm speaking for a girl who can't leave home alone just because of a stigma attach today a name and 11-year-old boy who saw no choice but to hang himself just because he had to face bullying every day, it's very easy to say we are living in a multisociety and everyone has so-called equal opportunities, but race and religion still remains the alpha in the room we need to talk out. we're on the right track. this year we actually made a really good progress of this campaign but it's still not
over. there's still a lot to be done. we must continue to foster the idea of inclusiveness and to not fear differences but to embrace them, to challenge people in the social media and maine street media the perception of islam and inform the institution how to celebrate it instead of trying to ignore it. this only comes when you and i engage on a social and community level, with young people who put their faith in you bypassing this motion today. it's time to take the water and turn it into water under the bridge. thank you. [ applause ] >> thank you. forgive me, colleagues, earlier
i called somebody in east england but i've been advised there have a young woman from the east midlands seeking to contribute but would not be in a position to stand and if that be so, that was the intelligence i was given if that person wishes to speak from a se dendentary position. >> i'm chandler wilson, i represent pion age, i do not see people because of their race or religion because of their identity, i see them as people an there's so much hate in this world and it's due to what's happening in recent events and there was a case where a muslim
woman had a hijab and pulled off her and pretty much told to go kill herself because that was her religion and things like that could easily be happening in the uk, but i don't want them to be afraid of police corruption, and i think it's simple that we all no matter what skin color you are no matter what religion you believe in we all stand together in unity and show that it's not acceptable to treat us that way. >> thank you. thank you very much indeed. now, on this great issue, what about london? okay. i would like to take -- forgive me i would like to take the
woman in the back row, second person standing, yes, indeed. thank you. >> thank you, mr. speaker. my name is iman -- it is 2016, still 123,494 people voted to -- hate crimes have gone up by 34%. it is 2016 urging you to vote for a campaign that should have been achieved years ago. we have achieved so much but so much more to achieve. we can at least try, because no one should feel scared to walk down to street because of the color of their skin or because they wear a hijab. and if we even change one mind s mindset one hate crime that
would be enough for me because i would know we have made a cha g change. thank you. >> thank you. let's hear a voice from scotland on this important matter. okay, i'll take you. thank you very much. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i'm alex robertson. in diversity and growth, that's what this country needs. no longer do people from these backgrounds feel. let's get behind this campaign and make it clear this is unacceptable. it is growth we want to see. thank you. [ applause ] >> now, do we have a would be contributor on this matter from northern ireland? >> i want west belfast.
in northern ireland we know a lot about religious discrimination, ours is the most dwig divided between two kmoun indicati -- communications. in the current political compliant where politicians can get elected on keeping -- out. we need to show people who are pers ku persecuted that we don't support this. i think by the turmoil caused by the referendum, and all these events and underlying discrimination this is a fitting issue, i urge you to page 16, with northern ireland being a
very religious place as i spoke and before many young people wish to distance themselves from the bigoted and backward parties that our country have. as most young people are a lot more open minded than the older generation, maybe if we had vote at 16, women would have rights to their own reproductions and lgbt people would not be discriminated against based on their sexual assaul their sexuality. thank you. [ applause ] >> thank you again for an important voice of personal experience. i'm going to in a moment call somebody from the southwest so you can be gearing up if you're from the southwest but perhaps i can reference right at the back of the chamber, director of the
house of commons, ian ales. [ applause ] >> ian is our first director general. and he and i have been working together for the last almost 13 months, and he did ask me at a very early stage what priorities i had on which he with me in particular could focus, and i said in no particular order, better service delivery by the house to members, to staff, to visitors from across the country and around the world, and secondly, crucially importantly, ian, i want you to help me make this place more diverse and inclusive, not least in terms of the staff makeup of the house and the opportunities for the nurture and promotion of
talented people from all backgrounds, parts of the country and ethnicities et cetera and ian and i are working on that together and can say already, considerable progress has been made, so, ian, thank you to you and thank you for your support. [ applause ] now who do we have from the southwest that wishes to contribute? the young gentleman who is holding a blue folder. indeed, your good self-sir. >> thank you, i represent the constituency of bath. we ever nyp in this room can recognize the importance of this campaign, now more than ever a message needs to be getting out.
after brexit and the new president elect donald trump who many consider his remarks to be inflammatory and almost racist rhetoric, we have also heard many disgusting reports across the world of religious items being ripped off of individuals in the streets. this is unacceptable on the streets. we have heard many times a year is not long enough for an issue as this, if it continues on to this year i'm sure those people who were working on the campaign can continue to make head way and make a statement on this oh, so important issue, it's about making a statement about
xenophobia and making a statement that everyone is welcome in our country. thank you. [ applause ] >> thank you very much indeed for that contribution. do we have interest in this debate from the southeast of engla england. the gentleman holding up his pad. forgive me, i meant this gentleman here. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i'm from the olive white. our growing world faces a real issue. the world focuses on how we are divided rather than how we can stand together. recent elections and referendums only mirror that global society is breaking away instead of pulling together, but youth parliament stands defined. we are living proof of diversity, corporation,
compassion. it is ideal that we can be unique and have a passion to achieve our goals together. we as young people must stand together to break the division in our society and around the globe. young people have spoken and youth parliament is the embodiment of our responsibility. our shared dream to face discrimination, to stand against division and to send an unneeded par society to the history books, thank you. >> thank you, college. what about the northeast of england. the young woman here. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i represent the people of stockt stockton. i was lucky enough last year to sit in on the debate and
thinking of all the things we can do to tackle racial and religious discrimination, this is the beginning to create our own respect and i think personally this campaign represents the very best of youth parliament. as young people we are able to bring light into a world that really, really needs it. we need to assure that we are the generation that will be respectful of each other and the best part is we can celebrate and show out that diversity is brilliant in events such as this. we have so much power in this, we don't have to ask government to change legislation or that we want this new law, all we have
to do is promote what's brilliant about us as young people and show the future exactly what it's like to show respect. thank you. [ applause ] >> thank you very much for a heart-felt contribution to the debate. just before i call somebody from the west midlands we had a front bench speaker but not a back bench speaker i would like to reference to fact until a moment ago we had in the sergeant's chair, victor beday, whose background is in civil engineering, thank you victor for your support. [ applause ] and i also want to welcome and
with great enthusiasm, the recently appointed sergeant at arms mahammad al hagi. [ applause ] >> all right being taken to all of our hearts. highly popular with members, he has a strong background in customer service looking after the people who come here and happens to also be the first bme sergeant in the history of the house of commons. [ applause ] >> thank you. he's ordinarily known as kamal. thank you for everything you do and the support you offer to me and the house. can we have a contributor from
the west midlands, the fellow yes, who is waving at me. >> thank you mr. speaker, darrin coonor, 124,000 young people voted for this issue. what does it tell us? it tells us that in hampton and across the uk that it's not fair for people being discriminated against who they are or what they believe, whether you are muslim, hindu, christian or other, i urge you all to vote for this our campaign of 2017, thank you. [ applause ] thank you this has been a great debate. i think we have accommodated
every part of the uk and looking for a conclusion to the debate and enthusiastic welcome, please welcome ryan harnell. [ applause ] >> we are all politically incorrect from time to time. we say stupid things, we make mistakes that most of the time we grow out of. but, hate crime, two small words that hold an awful a lot of weight. i care about this issue because i know that as a united kingdom we are caring, we are compassionate and we are tolerant. just what i can see in this chamber we would do everything in our power to end discrimination for good.
but, that, my friends, is the question. do we have the power? it is proposed that over the next year we combat this issue by lobbying our nps to do more and by assuring our heads of schools complete integration, in 2012 the government outlined a strategy of their own, they are committed to handing over responsibilities to local authorities through enhanced education, britain's young people are already engaged in tackling this issue, so i ask you is this campaign worth it when work is already being done at a higher level? ask yourselves in the given time is it possible to make a change?
or, is the fear just too great to overcome? the united kingdom that i am proud to be a part of makes the impossible, the possible. we do not fear the unknown, we embrace it. together, we are amongst the first nations in the world to abolish slavery, together our governments have introduced laws that deny prejudice, a foothold in our world. together we have come so far in this battle but lest we forget how long it took to change the hearts and the minds of our nation? because friends, that is what we are dealing with here. hearts and minds. lest we forget on this day of
all days what the price of that freedom, that justice, and that equality is. our strength comes from diversity. together we comprise a thousand cultures, languages and traditions that with each generation have been sewn into the united kingdom. there's no place for racism in today's world and many at the parliament have argued we must do everything we possibly can to stamp out racism however far off or distant that may seem to be. friends, whether through campaigning or just a change in our every day actions i believe that it is fundamental that we focus on those things that you unite us, not divide us, that we
work together to tackle this oh, so very important issue. why, you might ask? well, in the vain of my personal hero, canadian prime minister justin trudeau, it's 2016. [ applause ] later today president obama will be at joint base meyer henderson haul outside of washington for an armed forces farewell ceremony. jose jose joseph dun ford will join the president. confirmation hearings will get underway for donald trump's nominees and senator jeff sessions will go before the senate judiciary hearings, on
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