Tariq Ramadan – Worldwide Appeal for Due Process

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After four months of pre-trial detention, Tariq Ramadan’s last appeal for bail has again been denied. As scholars and politicians from around the world, we write to demand due process for Professor Tariq Ramadan, incarcerated since February 2nd in a French prison.

It is not for us to judge Tariq Ramadan’s guilt or innocence. We fully recognize the rights of the plaintiffs to have their case heard without prejudice and without injury to their honour. But we wish to remind the country that has affirmed the inalienability of human rights and equality of the importance of respect for the principles that ensure the integrity of French justice.

We ask: Why has Mr. Ramadan been denied bail at the preliminary investigative stage although he willingly came for questioning and has given all required guarantees?

Has Mr. Ramadan been granted the equal treatment so prized by France when high-ranking political figures accused of similar offenses continue to enjoy full freedom of movement?

Is there one form of justice for Muslims in France and another for everyone else?

What justifies solitary confinement, limited family visitation rights, the denial of access to his case file and thus to the necessary means of preparing his defense?

Can prosecutors selectively leak information with impunity? Is it standard procedure in France for high-ranking political figures to publicly denigrate someone awaiting a trial?

In short, we respectfully ask, has Mr. Ramadan benefitted from a fair and equitable legal process, one in which he is presumed innocent until proven guilty?

These are straightforward questions of equal justice. To them we add deep concern for the dignity and humane treatment of all prisoners.

French magistrates have appeared to ignore the diagnoses of nine physicians that Mr. Ramadan suffers from multiple sclerosis, including the chief prison medical authority, who confirmed that his state of health is not compatible with continued incarceration.

Even though Mr. Ramadan suffers from multiple sclerosis and further neurological complications, proper medical treatment has not been provided.

We understand that the defense has appealed to the European Court of Human Rights against undue suffering he has undergone at the hands of the French justice.

We ask our French friends: should it truly come to this?

We, the signatories of this letter, endorse France’s commitment to uphold the values of liberté, égalité et fraternité threatened today around the world. We trust that your response to our appeal will prove these sentiments to be well placed.


Signatories (last updated 2 August 2018)

Professor Boualem Boashash, Brisbane, Australia

Prof Farid Hafez, Salzburg, Austria

Dr Malika Hamidi, Author and Sociologist, Brussels, Belgium

Dr Yacob Mahi, Brussels, Belgium

Dr Ahmet Alibasic, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Dr Mustafa Ceric, Grand Mufti Emeritus of Bosnia, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Dr Francirosy Campos Barbosa, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Pofessor Dr Moustafa El-Guindy, Unicamp, Brazil

Professor Dr Mohamed Ezz El Din Habib, Unicamp, Brazil

Dr Nadia Abu-Zahra, Ottawa, Canada

Dr Katherine Bullock, Toronto, Canada

Faisal Kutty, Toronto, Canada

Yakub Mohamed, Toronto, Canada

Charles Taylor, Montreal, Canada

Thomas Woodley, Montreal, Canada

Houria Bouteldja, Paris, France

Francois Burgat, Political Scientist, Paris, France

Professor Monique Chemiller-Gendreau, Lawyer, France

Ismahane Chouder, Paris, France

Dr Sonia Dayan-Herzbrun, Paris, France

Françoise Duthu, former European Deputee, France

Professor Géraud de la Pradelle, Lawyer, France

Marie-Lorraine Pradelles, Psychologist-psychoanalyst, France

Catherine Samary, Paris, France

Michèle Sibony, Member of UJFP (French Jewish Union for Peace), France

Fatiha Talahite, Economist, Paris, France

Professor Richard Friedli, Germany

Dr Hans-Christian Günther, Freiburg, Germany

Elma Berisha, Kosovo

Professor Dr Anwar Alam, Policy Perspectives Foundation, New Delhi, India

Dr Javad Kashani, Tehran, Iran

Professor Mohammad Marandi, Tehran, Iran

Professor Abdulkarim Soroush, Iran

Massimo Campanini, Trento, Italy

Dr Mohammed Hashas, Rome, Italy

Hamza Roberto Piccardo, Italy

Dr Mohammad Abdur Rahman Siddiqi, Tokyo, Japan

Michel Warshawski, Journalist and writer, Jerusalem

Dr Ahmad Sukkar, Beirut, Lebanon

Tengku Ahmad Hazri, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Anwar Ibrahim, Former Opposition Leader, Prisoner of Conscience, Malaysia

Wan Azizah binti Wan Ismail, Member of Parliament, Opposition Leader, Malaysia

Nurul Izzah Ibrahim, Member of Parliament, Malaysia

Professor Dr Mohammad Hashim Kamali, Writer and Founding CEO, International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies (IAIS), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Dr Merve Kavakci, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Dr Ahmad Farouk Musa, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Dr Chandra Muzaffar, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Aminata Traoré, Bamako, Mali

Abdool Majeed Jeenathally, Mauritius

Dr Paul Aarts, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Alexander Fluegel, The Hague, The Netherlands

Dr Ellen van de Bovenkamp, Leiden, The Netherlands

Dr Tania Saeed, Assistant Professor, Lahore, Pakistan

Dr Hamid Aminoddin Barra, Marawi City, The Philippines

Dr Mutaz Al Khatib, Doha, Qatar

Dr Mawahib Bakr, Doha, Qatar

Dr Mohammed Ghaly, Doha, Qatar

Professor Ray Jureidini, Doha, Qatar

Professor Emad El-Din Shahin, Doha, Qatar

Florin Buhaceanu, Executive President, ECPI (Euro Regional Center for Public Initiatives), Romania

Dr Rachid Id Yassine, Sociologist, Anthropologist, Saint-Louis, Senegal

Professor Farid Esack, Johannesburg, South Africa

Dr Quraysha Ismail Sooliman, Pretoria, South Africa

Jacques Neirynck, Switzerland

Erica Deubert Ziegler, Geneva, Switzerland

Jean Ziegler, Geneva, Switzerland

Dr Sami Al-Arian, Istanbul, Turkey

Dr Sener Akturk, Istanbul, Turkey

Dr Ibrahim Özdemir, Turkey

Dr Daud Abdullah, Director, Middle East Monitor

Professor Dr Arshin Adib-Moghaddam, London, UK

Dr Fauzia Ahmad, London, UK

Dr Abdul-Azim Ahmed, Editor, On Religion Magazine, UK

Dr Liju Ahmed, London, UK

Dr Shabbir Akhtar, Oxford, UK

Dr Seyed Ali Alavi, London, UK

Dr Mansur Ali, Cardiff, Wales, UK

Dr Nadje Al-Ali, London, UK

Dr Arif Anis, Executive Director of European Council on Global Relations, London, UK

Professor Humayun Ansari, London, UK

Dr Walter Armbrust, Oxford, UK

Karen Armstrong, Author and Researcher in Comparative Religions, London, UK

Mohammed Abdul Aziz, Former Advisor to UK government on Race, Religion & Community Cohesion, UK

Professor Masooda Bano, Oxford, UK

Dr Fanny Bauer-Motti, Clinical Psychologist, London, UK

Zaher Berrawi, Director, EuroPal, London, UK

Jonathan Bloch, Businessman and Writer, UK

Professor Stephen Chan, London, UK

Dr Stephanie Cronin, Oxford, UK

Dr Radha D’Souza, Constitutional Lawyer & Professor, London, UK

Dr Abdullah Faliq, London, UK

Jonathan Fryer, Writer and Broadcaster, UK

Professor Geaves, Cardiff, Wales, UK

Dr Bill Gent, Educational Consultant & Researcher, UK

Professor Richard Gombrich, Oxford, UK

Professor Penny Green, Professor of Law and Globalisation, International State Crime Initiative, London, UK

Anne Gray, Campaign Against Criminalising Communities (CAMPACC), UK

Dr Bilal Hassam, Community Activist, Leeds, UK

Salim T S Al-Hassani, Emeritus Professor, Manchester, UK

Shahid Islam, Bradford, UK

Haifaa Jawad, Birmingham, UK

Professor George Joffe, London, UK

Dr Homa Katouzian, Oxford, UK

Mohammed Kozbar, Chairman, Finsbury Park Mosque, London, UK

Ken Loach, Film Director, UK

Ajmal Masroor, Imam and Broadcaster, UK

Oliver Mcternan, Co-founder and Director, Forward Thinking, UK

Dr Shamim Miah, Lecturer, Huddersfield, UK

Dr Ziba Mir-Hosseini, Cambridge, UK

Professor Tariq Modood, Bristol, UK

Amjad Mohammed-Saleem, Peacebuilding Advisor, UK

Dr Tamjid Mujtaba, London, UK

Professor Ian Neary, Oxford, UK

Tanya Cariina Newbury-Smith, Exeter, UK

Professor Kalypso Nicolaidis, Oxford, UK

Professor Jørgen S. Nielsen, Birmingham, UK

Peter Oborne, Writer, Journalist, Producer, London, UK

Dr Farid Panjwani, London, UK

Ismail Patel, Founder and Director, Friends of Al Aqsa, UK

Yvonne Ridley, Scotland, UK

Professor Eugene Rogan, Oxford, UK

Sir Iqbal Sacranie, Founding Member and first Secretary-General, Muslim Council of Britain

Dr Behar Sadriu, London, UK

Omar Salha, London, UK

Professor Salman Sayyid, Leeds, UK

Hussain Shefaar, Faith Inspire, UK

Dr Mustapha Sheikh, Leeds, UK

Professor Avi Shlaim, Oxford, UK

Dr Ataullah Siddiqui, Former Director, Markfield Institute of Higher Education, UK

Imam Fadel Soliman, Director, Bridges Foundation, UK

Baroness Uddin, British life peer and community activist, UK

AbdoolKarim A. Vakil, Lecturer, London, UK

Dr Khursheed Wadia, Warwick, UK

The Rt. Revd Dr Rowan Williams, Cambridge, UK

Professor Jan Zielonka, Oxford, UK

Dr Barbara Zollner, Birkbeck, London, UK

Dr Khaled Abu-El Fadl, Los Angeles, California, USA

Professor Asma Afsaruddin, Bloomington, Indiana, USA

Professor Leila Ahmed, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

Dr Azizah al-Hibri, Richmond, USA

Dr Muna Ali, Arizona, USA

Dr Ilham AlMahamid, Albany, New York, USA

Ijaz Arif, Roseville, California, USA

Professor Asma Barlas, Ithaca, New York, USA

Abbas Barzegar, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Dr Hatem Bazian, Berkeley, California, USA

Dr Jonathan Brown, Washington DC, USA

Dr Zahid Bukhari, Frederick, Maryland, USA

Dr Charles Butterworth, Maryland, USA

Dr Dustin J. Byrd, Olivet, USA

Noam Chomsky, USA

Salah Eddin Elbakri, Oakland, USA

Shaykh Shaker Elsayed, Imam, Dar al-Hijra Mosque and Islamic Centre, USA

Professor John Esposito, Washington DC, USA

Dr James H. Faghmous, Stanford, USA

Professor Richard Falk, Princeton, USA

Professor Marianne Farina, Berkeley, California, USA

Dr Norman Finkelstein, USA

Dr Alain Gabon, Virginia, USA

Paola Garcia, writer and lawyer, Columbia, USA

Professor Todd Green, Iowa, USA

Dr Ramon Grosfoguel, Berkeley, California, USA

Dr Farrukh Hakeem, Greensboro, North Carolina, USA

Dr Abdullah bin Hamid Ali, California, USA

Dr Nader Hashemi, Denver, USA

Professor Marcia Hermansen, Chicago, USA

Dr Altaf Husain, Washington, USA

Hussein Khatib, Minnesota, USA

Professor Peter Mandaville, Washington DC, USA

Dalia Mogahed, Washington, USA

Dr Aasim Padela, Chicago, USA

Muslema Purmul, California, USA

Dr Yasir Qadhi, Memphis, TN, USA

Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool, Washington DC, USA (former ambassador of South Africa to the United States)

Professor Joan W. Scott, Feminist Historian, Princeton, USA

Professor Robert Shedinger, Iowa, USA

Dr Ahmad Sheikh, Cape Girardeau, Missouri, USA

Shaykh Mustafa Umar, President, California Islamic University, USA

Dr Amina Wadud, Berkeley, California, USA

Hamza Yusuf, Berkeley, California, USA

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