Association of British Hujjaj (Pilgrims) UK, a national charitable organization working for the welfare and wellbeing of British Hajj and Umrah travellers has organized an event at the House of Lords on November 20th, 2013 to raise the plight of vulnerable and innocent British Hajj/Umrah travellers. Members of House of Lords, Members of Parliament, senior Police officials, senior officers from the trading standards department and other community dignitaries will be participating in this event to consider how to address the worsening situation of exploitation of these vulnerable travellers.
A substantial number of vulnerable British Hajj pilgrims including elderly, sick and disabled have been left stranded by the unscrupulous tour and travel operators once again this year and these pilgrims have also lost thousands of pounds of their hard earned life savings. This situation is causing tremendous distress and mental anguish to them. It is highly deplorable that these unscrupulous tour and travel operators have no regard and respect for UK travel laws. Violation of the Package Travel Regulations has become a common practice amongst them.
At this event other issues affecting the welfare and well-being of the British pilgrims including the health issues will be discussed as British travellers have always been at high risk of contracting infectious diseases due to their close proximity with millions of people from around the world during the pilgrimage. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the government of Saudi Arabia have also required all the relevant countries to update their pilgrims and raise their awareness of travel health related risks specifically about the risk of contracting infectious diseases and the preventive measures they should take.