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Viscount Massacres

EDM number 1029 in 2012-13, proposed by Kate Hoey on 05/02/2013.
Categorised under the topics of Aviation, Military operations and Zimbabwe.

That this House notes that 12 February 2013 will mark the 34th anniversary of the shooting down of Air Rhodesia Viscount Flight RH827 (the Umniati) by members of the Zimbabwe People's Revolutionary Army (ZIPRA) in the former Rhodesia resulting in the death of all on board; further notes that this was the second such shooting down of civilian airliners by ZIPRA and followed the shooting down of Air Rhodesia Flight RH825 (the Hunyani) by the same means on 3 September 1978; further notes that the 107 victims comprised civilian men, women and children, some of whom survived the crash of the Hunyani and were subsequently murdered on the ground by bayoneting and shooting; further notes that the victims included citizens from Switzerland, Scotland, Belgium, New Zealand, the UK and South Africa; recalls that the failure to officially condemn these atrocities, as articulated in the sermon by the late Very Reverend John da Costa known as The Deafening Silence, was an act of moral cowardice and deplores such failure; and commends the work done by Keith Nell and his Viscount Down Team to ensure that these atrocities are not forgotten and their ongoing efforts to alleviate suffering amongst the pensioner community of Zimbabwe.

This motion has been signed by a total of 6 MPs.

Kate Hoey05/02/2013VauxhallLabourProposed
Henry Bellingham05/02/2013North West NorfolkConservativeSeconded
Jim Shannon06/02/2013StrangfordDUPSeconded
William McCrea06/02/2013South AntrimDUPSeconded
Peter Bottomley06/02/2013Worthing WestConservativeSeconded
Kelvin Hopkins07/02/2013Luton NorthLabourSeconded

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