Date:25th June 2008
Hizb ut-Tahrir Challenges German Ban at European Court
London, UK, June 25th 2008 - This week Hizb ut-Tahrir is submitting an application to the European Court in Strasbourg seeking the ultimate overturning of the ban imposed upon all activities of Hizb ut-Tahrir (HT) in Germany. Membership of the Party is not banned in Germany.
Speaking at a London Press Conference today, Shaker Assem, (HT Media Representative in German speaking countries) said, â€œThe German government has decided it would rather subvert its own principles by banning a political group, Hizb ut-Tahrir, and prohibiting its thoughts, rather than engaging in debate or intellectually challenging it.â€�
â€œWe note that the German courts did not uphold any of the German Interior Ministries accusations of anti-Semitism against HT, however, they have now relied on an obscure principle of the â€˜idea of international understandingâ€™ to ban all of our activities (speeches, study circles, articles, vigils, political meetings, books, magazines, and debates).â€�
â€œAs recently as this past week the German authorities have continued their policies of harassment, arrest and intimidation of our members, consistent with the work of the unelected, tyrannical regimes throughout the Muslim world that also seek to suppress our callâ€�.
The HT legal team* led by Keir Starmer QC has highlighted the following points in the submission:
Hizb ut-Tahrir is a non-violent political party which works for the resumption of the Islamic way of life in the Muslim world via the Khilafah (Caliphate), a system of representative and accountable governance based on the Islamic Shariah. In the West, Hizb ut-Tahrir works to cultivate a Muslim community that lives by Islam in thought and deed, adhering to the rules of Islam and preserving a strong Islamic identity. The party also works to project a positive image of Islam to Western society and engages in dialogue with Western thinkers, policymakers and academics. [Ends]