Lord Hylton

The Ferhadija Mosque, Banja Luka

Lord Hylton

On Saturday 10th May, this famous mosque, designed in the 16th century by the Ottoman architect Sinan, rose like a phoenix from its ashes.  It had been totally destroyed by explosives, not by fighting, during the war in Bosnia.  Banja Luka is the capital in the north-west of Bosnia of Republica Serbska, one of the…

The Baha’i in Iran

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I support the campaign of the All Party Parliamentary Group on the Baha’i faith for the release of the seven Baha’i leaders in Iran.  They are now entering their eighth year of imprisonment, after a trial which was lacking in due process. May I urge those who see this blog to contact their MP.  …

Refugees and Turkey

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Refugees and Turkey The whole world is grateful to Turkey for taking in a very large number of Syrians. It has provided health care for many, while allowing some to work for their living, and perhaps one-third of the children attend school. On the other hand, if things are as good as the Turkish ambassador…

“End the Death Penalty”

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Pope Francis called for the worldwide ending of capital punishment, when he returned to Rome from Mexico.  He had previously made the same plea when addressing the United States Congress. I have known of too many miscarriages of justice, for example the notorious cases of the Birmingham 6 and the Guildford 4, not to agree…