Calling the evil organisation ISIS by its real name – Daesh

Rehman's successful campaign has convinced the Government to officially adopt the term Daesh instead of using ISIS, ISIL or the Islamic State. On 2 December 2015, the Prime Minister made a statement in Parliament saying that after strong representation, it is "time to follow our key ally France, the Arab League and other members of the international community in using, as frequently as possible, the terminology Daesh."

Rehman has been campaigning for the UK to refer to the so called “Islamic State” (also referred to as ISIS or ISIL) as “Daesh” in line with other countries around the World.

On Tuesday 19 October 2015, the Prime Minister said that "in all our communication with Arab state and partners that use the terminology "Daesh", we also now use the terminology "Daesh". Clearly, that now involves the European Union as well."

In November, Rehman wrote to the Prime Minister asking him to officially adopt Daesh as part of the strategy on Syria.

He has launched a petition on the Change.org website and authored letters, which were signed by more than 120 MPs, calling on the BBC and the Government to make this change.

Rehman has also written to broadcasters to request they also refer to this group as "Daesh".

Articles

In an article for Conservative Home and Asharq Al-Awsat, Rehman explains the reasons why an alternative title should be adopted and suggest that Daesh or Faesh may be appropriate. Writing for the Independent, Rehman outlines why he is campaigning to get the BBC and the Government to make a change.

Media coverage
Rehman's campaign has been covered by the:

3 December 2015
Daily Politics
The Times
The Sun
Daily Mail
The Telegraph

2 December 2015
Daily Star
Telegraph
Independent
The Times
Asian Lite
ITV
Asian Image
BBC Five Live
BBC PM Programme

26 November 2015
Telegraph

21 November 2015
The Times
The Independent

23 September 2015
Asian Lite

6 August 2015
BBC Radio Kent

24 July 2015
Rehman is interviewed by IB Times
Rehman's article in the Eastern Eye

14 July 2015
BBC Radio Four, The World Tonight
Conservative Home
The Times
Daily Telegraph
Daily Mirror

13 July 2015
The Week

11 July 2015
The Sunday Guardian

9 July 2015
The Nation

7 July 2015
IB Times

6 July 2015
The Independent

5 July 2015
The Sunday Herald

4 July 2015
Repubblica

3 July 2015
The Daily Telegraph (front page)
The Times
Guardian
Daily Mail
Express
Mirror
The Sun
Huffington Post

2 July 2015
The Times(front page)
The Guardian
Telegraph
Mail
Express
Independent
Politics Home
IB Times
The Sun

1 July 2015
Guido Fawkes blog
GeoTV
BBC

30 June 2015
Mail Online
Press Gazette
Daily Mail

29 June 2015
Boris Johnson in the Telegraph
Guardian
Politics Home

27 June 2015
Eastern Eye
Asian Lite

Raised in Parliament

Rehman has also raised this matter in Parliament with the Prime Minister (23 February 2015),the Foreign Secretary (1 June 2015), at Prime Minister's Questions (1 July 2015) and with the Leader of the House (2 July 2015) calling on the Government and the BBC to use an alternative name.

Parliamentarians from across the House used the word "Daesh" during a Statement by the Prime Minister on Tunisia and European Council (29 June 2015)

During a debate on Britain and International Security (2 July 2015), Parliamentarians from all sides used the word "Daesh" when referring to this evil organisation, the so called "Islamic State" and used the term when putting questions to the Defence Secretary and Shadow Defence Secretary.

The Defence Secretary, during Defence Questions (13 July 2015), said that he uses Daesh when in the Middle East and that it is "worth reflecting on whether we should now seek to move on to using Daesh, which does not confer the sort of legitimacy that the title ISIL—involving the word “state”—does."

Giving evidence at the Foreign Affairs Select Committee on 21 July 2015, the Foreign Secretary repeated used the term "Daesh".

On Tuesday 19 October 2015, the Prime Minister said that "in all our communication with Arab state and partners that use the terminology "Daesh", we also now use the terminology "Daesh". Clearly, that now involves the European Union as well."

Prime Minister officially adopts Daesh (2 December 2015)

Rehman thanks PM for adopting Daesh and calls on BBC to follow (2 December 2015)

Rehman asks the Prime Minister to adopt Daesh (26 November 2015)

Question to the Prime Minister on Daesh from Rehman (17 November 2015)

Rehman's question to the Prime Minister (19 October 2015)

Rehman raising the BBC's response with the Leader of the House (2 July 2015)

Rehman raises the campaign at Prime Minister's Questions (1 July 2015)

Rehman asking a question to the Foreign Secretary

Parliament event

Previously, Rehman hosted a lecture in Parliament by HRH Prince Turki Al-Faisal on calling them "Faesh", which means "obscene" in Arabic. Pictured (left to right) are the Ambassador of Bahrain, Ambassador of Kuwait, Rehman Chishti MP, HRH Prince Turki Al-Faisal (former Ambassador to the United States and to the UK and former Director General of Saudi Arabia's General Intelligence Directorate), Alistair Burt MP (former FCO Minister), Prince Sultan of Saudi Embassy, Ambassador of Belgium, Ambassador of Jordan, Ambassador of Albania (and many other diplomatic representatives).

Arab League support

The Secretary-General of the Arab League, Nabil Elaraby, has given his support to the campaign after meeting Mr Rehman Chishti MP on 23 September 2015 on his visit to London.

Ambassadors supporting

The Pakistan High Commissioner to the UK, H.E. Syed Ibne Abbas, met with the Shadow Foreign Secretary, Hiliary Benn MP, to urge him to use "Daesh" instead of "Islamic State".

The Saudi Arabian Embassy said, in reply to a letter from Rehman Chishti MP, that they have long referred to them as Daesh and this will "contribute towards delegitimising this evil organisation".

The Turkish Ambassador to the UK has voiced his support for the campaign to get the media and the Government to call them by their true identity - Daesh.

In a letter, the Jordian Ambassador signalled his support for the campaign.

The Ambassador of Kuwait, who is the Dean of Arab Ambassadors, has confirmed that all Arab Ambassadors are united in using the term "Daesh".

The Bahrain Ambassador supports the campaign to de-legitimise this terrorist organisation as do her country.

The UAE Ambassador has said that he agrees that Daesh is neither Islamic nor a state and that people should be aware of this.

Military experts supporting

Former Chief of the General Staff, Lord Dannatt, has given his support to the campaign to call them Daesh.

Former Chief of the Defence Staff, Lord Richards, is supporting the campaign to use Daesh to defeat their propaganda which goes hand in hand to defeat them militarily.

Countries and World Leaders who use Daesh

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and the French Government.

Tony Abbott, Prime Minister of Australia

John Kerry, United States Secretary of State.

Lieutenant General James Terry, US Army, commander of the US Mission in Iraq and Syria.

Pakistan.

Turkey.

MP's that have signed the letters

The following Members of Parliament have signed the two letters sent to the BBC and to the Prime Minister:

Boris Johnson MP
Member of Parliament for Uxbridge and South Ruislip

Harriet Harman MP
Member of Parliament for Camberwell and Peckham

Alex Salmond MP
Member of Parliament for Gordon

Julian Lewis MP
Member of Parliament for New Forest East

Keith Vaz MP
Member of Parliament for Leicester East

Nick Boles MP
Member of Parliament for Grantham and Stamford

Sadiq Khan MP
Member of Parliament for Tooting

Debbie Abrahams MP
Member of Parliament for Oldham East and Saddleworth

Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh MP
Member of Parliament for Ochil and South Perthshire

Heidi Allen MP
Member of Parliament for South Cambridgeshire

Sir David Amess MP
Member of Parliament for Southend West

Stuart Andrew MP
Member of Parliament for Pudsey

Richard Arkless MP
Member of Parliament for Dumfries and Galloway

Victoria Atkins MP
Member of Parliament for Louth and Horncastle

Ian Austin MP
Member of Parliament for Dudley North

Steve Baker MP
Member of Parliament for Wycombe

Hannah Bardell MP
Member of Parliament for Livingston

John Baron MP
Member of Parliament for Basildon and Billericay

Guto Bebb MP
Member of Parliament for Aberconwy

Henry Bellingham MP
Member of Parliament for North West Norfolk

Richard Benyon MP
Member of Parliament for Newbury

Mhairi Black MP
Member of Parliament for Paisley and Renfrewshire South

Ian Blackford MP
Member of Parliament for Ross, Skye and Lochaber

Kirsty Blackman MP
Member of Parliament for Aberdeen North

Phil Boswell MP
Member of Parliament for Coatbridge, Chryston & Bellshill

Tom Brake MP
Member of Parliament for Carshalton and Wallington

Andrew Bridgen MP
Member of Parliament for North West Leicestershire

Deidre Brock MP
Member of Parliament for Edinburgh North and Leith

Alan Brown MP
Member of Parliament for Kilmarnock and Loudoun

Liam Byrne MP
Member of Parliament for Birmingham, Hodge Hill

Richard Burden MP
Member of Parliament for Birmingham, Northfield

Lisa Cameron MP
Member of Parliament for East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow

Neil Carmichael MP
Member of Parliament for Stroud

James Cartlidge MP
Member of Parliament for South Suffolk

Maria Caulfield MP
Member of Parliament for Lewes

Douglas Chapman MP
Member of Parliament for Dumfermline and West Fife

Joanna Cherry MP
Member of Parliament for Edinburgh South West

Jo Churchill MP
Member of Parliament for Bury St Edmunds

Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP
Member of Parliament for the Cotswolds

Julie Cooper MP
Member of Parliament for Burnley

Ronnie Cowan MP
Member of Parliament for Inverclyde

Angela Crawley MP
Member of Parliament for Lanark and Hamilton East

Mims Davies MP
Member of Parliament for Eastleigh

Martyn Day MP
Member of Parliament for Linlithgow and East Falkirk

Jonathan Djanogly MP
Member of Parliament for Huntingdon

Martin Docherty MP
Member of Parliament for West Dunbartonshire

Nigel Dodds MP
Member of Parliament for Belfast North

Jeffrey Donaldson MP
Member of Parliament for Lagan Valley

Stuart Donaldson MP
Member of Parliament for West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine

Stephen Doughty MP
Member of Parliament for Cardiff South and Penarth

Marion Fellows MP
Member of Parliament for Motherwell and Wishaw

Suella Fernandes MP
Member of Parliament for Fareham

Margaret Ferrier MP
Member of Parliament for Rutherglen and Hamilton West

Jim Fitzpatrick MP
Member of Parliament for Poplar and Limehouse

Rob Flello MP
Member of Parliament for Stoke-on-Trent South

Paul Flynn MP
Member of Parliament for Newport West

Mike Gapes MP
Member of Parliament for Ilford South

Stephen Gethins MP
Member of Parliament for North East Fife

Nusrat Ghani MP
Member of Parliament for Wealden

Patricia Gibson MP
Member of Parliament for North Ayrshire and Arran

Mary Glindon MP
Member of Parliament for North Tyneside

Zac Goldsmith MP
Member of Parliament for Richmond Park

Helen Goodman MP
Member of Parliament for Bishop Auckland

Patrick Grady MP
Member of Parliament for Glasgow North

Peter Grant MP
Member of Parliament for Glenrothes

James Gray MP
Member of Parliament for North Wiltshire

Neil Gray MP
Member of Parliament for Airdrie and Shotts

Nia Griffith MP
Member of Parliament for Llanelli

Kate Green MP
Member of Parliament for Stretford and Urmston

Stephen Hammond MP
Member of Parliament for Wimbledon

Rupa Haq MP
Member of Parliament for Ealing Central and Acton

Harry Harpham MP
Member of Parliament for Sheffield, Brightside and Hilsborough

Carolyn Harris MP
Member of Parliament for Swansea East

Simon Hart MP
Member of Parliament for Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire

Gordon Henderson MP
Member of Parliament for Sittingbourne and Sheppey

Drew Hendry MP
Member of Parliament for Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey

Kevin Hollinrake MP
Member of Parliament for Thirsk and Malton

Adam Holloway MP
Member of Parliament for Gravesend

Kelvin Hopkins MP
Member of Parliament for Luton North

Stewart Hosie MP
Member of Parliament for Dundee East

Ben Howlett MP
Member of Parliament for Bath

Imran Hussain MP
Member of Parliament for Bradford East

Daniel Kawczynski MP
Member of Parliament for Shrewsbury and Atcham

George Kerevan MP
Member of Parliament for East Lothian

Calum Kerr MP
Member of Parliament for Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk

Stephen Kinnock MP
Member of Parliament for Averavon

Julian Knight MP
Member of Parliament for Solihull

Chris Law MP
Member of Parliament for Dundee West

Jeremy Lefroy MP
Member of Parliament for Stafford

Sir Edward Leigh MP
Member of Parliament for Gainsborough

Charlotte Leslie MP
Member of Parliament for Bristol North West

Tim Loughton MP
Member of Parliament for East Worthing and Shoreham

Caroline Lucas MP
Member of Parliament for Brighton, Pavilion

Holly Lynch MP
Member of Parliament for Halifax

Steve McCabe MP
Member of Parliament for Selly Oak, Birmingham

Callum McCaig MP
Member of Parliament for Aberdeen South

Andy McDonald MP
Member of Parliament for Middlesbrough

Stewart McDonald MP
Member of Parliament for Glasgow South

Stuart McDonald MP
Member of Parliament for Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East

Alasdair McDonnell MP
Member of Parliament for Belfast South

Natalie McGarry MP
Member of Parliament for Glasgow East

Anne McLaughlin MP
Member of Parliament for Glasgow North East

John McNally MP
Member of Parliament for Falkirk

Craig MacKinlay MP
Member of Parliament for South Thanet

David Mackintosh MP
Member of Parliament for Northampton South

Angus MacNeil MP
Member of Parliament for Na h-Eileanan an Iar

Stephen McPartland MP
Member of Parliament for Stevenage

Khalid Mahmood MP
Member of Parliament for Birmingham, Perry Barr

Shabana Mahmood MP
Member of Parliament for Birmingham, Ladywood

Anne Main MP
Member of Parliament for St Albans

Seema Malhotra MP
Member of Parliament for Feltham and Heston

Rob Marris MP
Member of Parliament for Wolverhampton South West

Rachael Maskell
Member of Parliament for York Central

Johnny Mercer MP
Member of Parliament for Plymouth, Moor View

Carol Monaghan MP
Member of Parliament for Glasgow North West

Paul Monaghan MP
Member of Parliament for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross

Madeleine Moon MP
Member of Parliament for Bridgend

Roger Mullin MP
Member of Parliament for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath

Gavin Newlands MP
Member of Parliament for Paisley and Renfrewshire North

John Nicolson MP
Member of Parliament for East Dunbartonshire

David Nuttall MP
Member of Parliament for Bury North

Matthew Offord MP
Member of Parliament for Hendon

Brendan O’Hara MP
Member of Parliament for Argyll and Bute

Kirsten Oswald MP
Member of Parliament for East Renfrewshire

Steven Paterson MP
Member of Parliament for Stirling

Matthew Pennycock MP
Member of Parliament for Greenwich and Woolwich

Chris Philp MP
Member of Parliament for Croydon South

Victoria Prentis MP
Member of Parliament for Banbury

Mark Prisk MP
Member of Parliament for Hertford and Stortford

Yasmin Qureshi MP
Member of Parliament for Bolton South East

Jamie Reed MP
Member of Parliament for Copeland

Jacob Rees-Mogg MP
Member of Parliament for North East Somerset

Angus Robertson MP
Member of Parliament for Moray

Geoffrey Robinson MP
Member of Parliament for Coventry North West

Mary Robinson MP
Member of Parliament for Cheadle

Liz Saville-Roberts MP
Member of Parliament for Dwyfor Meirionnydd

Paul Scully MP
Member of Parliament for Sutton and Cheam

Virendra Sharma MP
Member of Parliament for Ealing Southall

Barry Sheerman MP
Member of Parliament for Huddersfield

Tommy Sheppard MP
Member of Parliament for Edinburgh East

Jim Shannon MP
Member of Parliament for Strangford

Tulip Siddiq MP
Member of Parliament for Hampstead and Kilburn

Ruth Smeeth MP
Member of Parliament for Stoke-On-Trent North

Sir Nicholas Soames MP
Member of Parliament for Mid Sussex

Royston Smith MP
Member of Parliament for Southampton, Itchen

Christopher Stephens MP
Member of Parliament for Glasgow South West

Andrew Stephenson MP
Member of Parliament for Pendle

Bob Stewart MP
Member of Parliament for Beckenham

Wes Streeting MP
Member of Parliament for Ilford North

Graham Stuart MP
Member of Parliament for Beverley and Holderness

Alison Thewliss MP
Member of Parliament for Glasgow Central

Owen Thompson MP
Member of Parliament for Midlothian

Gareth Thomas MP
Member of Parliament for Harrow West

Michelle Thomson MP
Member of Parliament for Edinburgh West

Kelly Tolhurst MP
Member of Parliament for Rochester and Strood

Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP
Member of Parliament for Berwick-upon-Tweed

Tom Tugendhat MP
Member of Parliament for Tonbridge and Malling

Valerie Vaz MP
Member of Parliament for Walsall South

Robin Walker MP
Member of Parliament for Worcester

Angela Watkinson MP
Member of Parliament for Hornchurch and Upminister

Mike Weir MP
Member of Parliament for Angus

Eilidh Whiteford MP
Member of Parliament for Banff and Buchan

Philippa Whitford MP
Member of Parliament for Central Ayrshire

Corri Wilson MP
Member of Parliament for Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock

Sammy Wilson MP
Member of Parliament for East Antrim

Pete Wishart MP
Member of Parliament for Perth and North Perthshire

Dr Sarah Wollaston MP
Member of Parliament for Totnes

John Woodcock MP
Member of Parliament for Barrow and Furness

Nadhim Zahawi MP
Member of Parliament for Stratford-on-Avon