Joan Ryan MP calls for recognition of Alevi community as All Party Parliamentary Group is launched. Rt. Hon Joan Ryan MP has called for a debate in Parliament to acknowledge the “positive contribution” the 300,000 strong Alevi community has made to the UK, on the day the All Party Parliamentary Group for Alevis was inaugurated.Speaking on the floor of the House of Commons, in the morning of Thursday 3rd December, Ms Ryan also drew attention to the situation the community faces in Turkey, their country of origin, where “Alevis nor their religion are recognised.”
Later in the afternoon, Joan Ryan was joined by colleagues to launch the APPG for Alevis at a packed event in Parliament’s Jubilee Room. The meeting was attended by more than 150 representatives from the community, including Turkish MPs from the Republican People’s Party (CHP) and the People’s Democratic Party (HDP), İsrafil Erbil, the Chair of the British Alevi Federation, and many others.
Joan Ryan has been appointed Chair of the APPG. Gareth Thomas MP (Harrow West), Catherine West MP (Hornsey and Wood Green), Meg Hillier MP (Hackney South and Shoreditch) and David Burrowes MP (Enfield Southgate) are Vice Chairs of the Group and Kate Osamor MP (Edmonton) is the Honorary Secretary.
The APPG for Alevis is the first of its kind for the community outside Turkey. The APPG will seek to promote Alevi issues in Parliament, engage with the community in Britain and elsewhere, as well as work with Alevis to help ensure that their legitimate, socio-political aspirations are recognised.
Joan Ryan MP, Labour Member of Parliament for Enfield North, said:
“The vibrant and fast growing Alevi community in the UK has made an immense contribution to our society and our economy.
I am proud of my long association with the Alevi community and the British Alevi Federation.
And, as the Chair of the newly formed APPG for Alevis, I look forward to working closely on many issues important to the community in the months and years ahead.”