Open letter: a worldwide appeal for due process for Tariq Ramadan

(June 14, 2018) – Respected Oxford University Professor and public intellectual Tariq Ramadan has been held in preventative detention in a French prison and denied bail following allegations of rape to which he vehemently denies.

Incarcerated for over four months, Tariq Ramadan was denied appropriate treatment for a serious pre-existing medical condition and denied access to his full legal file.

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

In response, a worldwide appeal of journalists, politicians, scholars and academics are speaking out in an open letter. Signatories include English author Karen Armstrong, Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor, UK filmmaker Ken Loach, Dr Amina Wadud from Berkeley, UK journalist Peter Oborne, Professor John Esposito from Georgetown University, scholar Hamza Yusuf, among many others.

“We wish to remind the country that affirmed the inalienability of human rights and equality, the importance of respecting principles that ensure the integrity of French justice.”

The letter also expresses deep concern with the inhuman treatment that Tariq Ramadan has been subject to at the hands of French justice.

The signatories conclude by asking, “We ask our French friends: should it truly come to this?


Defenders of Due Process for Tariq Ramadan (DDPTR), an international coalition, calling for full respect of judicial norms and established procedures in the Tariq Ramadan case:

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See the full letter and signatories below:


A Worldwide Appeal for Due Process for Tariq Ramadan. 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.


(list updated July 2018)
Professor Boualem Boashash, Brisbane, Australia
Prof Farid Hafez , Salzburg, Austria
Majda Achab, Teacher, Brussels, Belgium
Sara Golzarian, Dentist, Brussels, Belgium
Ahlame Bakkali Hassani, Brussels, Beglium
Dr Malika Hamidi, Brussels, Belgium
Dr Yacob Mahi, Brussels, Belgium
Jerome Offermans, Brussels, Belgium
Nordine Saïdi, Brussels, Belgium
Khalid Tazarhine, Brussels, Belgium
Daniel Vanhove, author, 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
Professor Dr Moustafa El-Guindy, Unicamp, Brazil
Dr Nadia Abu-Zahra, Ottawa, Canada
Dr Katherine Bullock, Toronto, Canada
Faisal Kutty, Toronto, Canada
Yakub Mohamed, Businessman, Toronto, Canada
Charles Taylor, Montreal, Canada
Thomas Woodley, Montreal Canada
Yakub Mohamed, Canada
Houria Bouteldja, Paris, France
Ismahane Chouder, Paris, France
Dr Sonya Dayan- Herzbrun, Paris, France
Catherine Samary, Paris, France
Dr François Burgat, Paris, France
Professor Géraud de la Pradelle, Lawyer, France
Marie-Lorraine Pradelles, Psychologist-psychoanalyst, France
Professor Monique Chemiller-Genreau, Lawyer, France
Françoise Duthu, former European Deputee, 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
Professor Dr Anwar Alam, New Delhi, India
Dr Javad Kashani, Tehran, Iran
Professor Mohammad Marandi, Tehran, Iran
Professor Abdulkarim Soroush, Iran
Massimo Campanini, Trento, Italy
Professor Enrico Ferri, Rome, Italy
Dr Mohammed Hashas, Rome, Italy
Hamza Piccardo, Italy
Dr Mohammad Abdur Rahman Siddiqi, Tokyo, Japan
Michel Warshawski, Journalist and writer, Jerusalem
Elma Berisha, Kosovo
Dr Ahmad Sukkar, Beirut, Lebanon
Tengku Ahmad Hazri, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Anwar Ibrahim, Malaysia
Wan Azizah binti Wan Ismail, Malaysia
Nurul Izzah Ibrahim, Malaysia
Professor Dr Mohammad Hashim Kamali, 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, Deputy Chief Registrar, Supreme Court of Mauritius, 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, Romania
Yvonne Ridley, Journalist & author, Scotland
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 Sener Aktutk, Istanbul, Turkey
Dr Sami Al-Arian, Istanbul, Turkey
Dr İbrahim Özdemir, Turkey
Dr Daud Abdullah, Director, Middle East Monitor, UK
Professor Dr Arshin Adib-Moghaddam, London, UK
Dr Abdul-Azim Ahmed, Editor, On Religion Magazine, UK
Dr Liju Ahmed, London, UK
Salim T S Al-Hassani, Emeritus Professor, Manchester, UK
Dr Mansur Ali, Cardiff, Wales, UK
Dr Seyed Ali Alavi, London, UK
Dr Shabbir Akhtar, Oxford, UK
Dr Nadje Al-Ali, London, UK
Dr Arif Anis, London, UK
Professor Humayun Ansari, London, UK
Dr Walter Armbrust, Oxford, UK
Karen Armstrong, London, UK
Mohammed Abdul Aziz, Former Advisor to the UK government on Race, Religion and Community Cohesion, UK
Professor Masooda Bano, Oxford, UK
Dr Fanny Bauer-Motti, 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 Laywer & 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 Robert 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, Leeds, 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, UK
Ajmal Masroor, Imam and Broadcaster, UK
Oliver Mcternan, Co-founder and Director, Forward Thinking, UK
Dr Shamim Miah, Lecturer, Huddersfield, UK
Amjad Mohammed-Saleem, Peacebuilding Advisor, UK
Dr Tamjid Mujtaba, London, UK
Professor Kalypso Nicolaidis, Oxford, UK
Professor Jørgen S. Nielsen, Birmingham, UK
Tanya Cariina Newbury-Smith, Exeter, UK
Dr Ziba Mir-Hosseini, Cambridge, UK
Professor Tariq Modood, Bristol, UK
Professor Ian Neary, Oxford, UK
Peter Oborne, London, UK
Dr Farid Panjwani, London, UK
Ismail Patel, Founder and Director, Friends of Al Asqa, 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
Hussein Shefaar, Faith Inspire, UK
Dr Mustapha Sheikh, Leeds, UK
Professor Avi Shlaim, Oxford, UK
Dr Ataullah Siddiqui, Former Director, Markfield Institute of Higher Education, Leicestershire, UK
Imam Fadel Soliman, Director, Bridges Foundation, UK
Baroness Uddin, British life peer and community activist, UK
AbdoolKarim A. Vadil, 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 Muna Ali, Arizona, USA
Dr Azizah al-Hibri, Richmond, USA
Dr Ilham AlMahamid, Albany, New York, USA
Professor Asma Barlas, Ithaca, New York, USA
Ijaz Arif, Roseville, California, 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
Elizabeth (Liz) Colton, Author, Journalist, Diplomat, Educator, Analyst, USA
Salah Eddin Elbakri, Oakland, USA
Shaykh Shaker Elsayed, Imam, Dar al-Hijra Mosque and Islamic Center, Washington DC, 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
Professor Robert Shedinger, Iowa, USA
Dr Ahmad Sheikh, Cape Girardeau, Missouri, USA
Shaykh Mustafa Umar, California, USA
Dr Amina Wadud, Berkeley, California, USA
Professor Joan Wallach Scott, Feminist, Historian, Princeton, NJ, USA
Hamza Yusuf, Berkeley, California, USA

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