We, the undersigned, express our deep concern at the Prime Minister’s recent decision to order a “review”, looking into the Muslim Brotherhood’s activities in Britain and abroad. We believe that the process and terms of the review represents a risk to British liberties and could further erode human rights standards.
We are concerned that this review is the result of pressure placed on the British government by undemocratic regimes abroad, such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. It is not acceptable that any autocracy attempts to limit the lawful activities of any group in a democracy. The Prime Minister risks setting a dangerous precedent.
The review, to be conducted by the British Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, comes at a time when the Muslim Brotherhood, victors in Egypt’s only free election to date, is being subject to the most ferocious repression by the military regime. With hundreds of Egyptians killed, over 1000 sentenced to death in farcical “trials” and tens of thousands languishing in prisons, the British government remains largely silent.
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The letter is signed by numerous persons of interest representing the UK Muslim Brotherhood/Hamas including:
- Nazir Ahmed (British Lord)
Also signing the letter were numerous allies of the UK Muslim Brotherhood including:
- Jeremy Corbyn (MP for Islington North, London)
- Baroness Jenny Tonge (Peer)
- Ken Livingstone (Former Mayor of London)
- Baroness Uddin (Peer)
- Peter Oborne (Chief Political Commentator, Daily Telegraph)
- Kate Hudson (far-left activist, Gen-Secretary Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament)
- Lindsey German (far-left activist, Stop the War Coalition)
- John L. Esposito (Georgetown University, USA)
- Norman G. Finkelstein (US academic, prominent anti-Israeli acitvist)
The GMBDW reported last week that the Cordoba Foundation held a seminar titled ” “Government Review of the Muslim Brotherhood in Britain: Unravelling the Motives.”