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Media coverage : Worldwide Appeal for Due Process for Tariq Ramadan-Couverture médiatique

Free Tariq Ramadan

Jun 16, 2018 — (English below)

Our open letter: A worldwide Appeal for Due Process for Tariq Ramadan received significant media coverage. See below.

Please share the letter and the coverage in your networks and let’s keep up the pressure! Thank you for your solidarity and support. The letter is here: http://www.dueprocesstariqramadan.org/fr

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Notre lettre ouverte: Appel international pour exiger une procédure équitable pour Tariq Ramadan a reçu une couverture médiatique importante. Ci-dessous

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http://www.dueprocesstariqramadan.org

Merci pour votre solidarité et votre soutien.

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Media coverage/ Couverture médiatique

Affaire Ramadan : une pétition internationale d'intellectuels réclame «une justice équitable» pour le théologien
Par Bernadette Sauvaget — 15 juin 2018

Une centaine de personnalités, parmi lesquelles le cinéaste britannique Ken Loach, s'inquiètent du traitement de l'affaire par la justice française, soupçonnée de discrimination.

A part celui du cinéaste britannique Ken Loach, ces noms ne diront pas grand-chose au grand public. Mais c’est du lourd, et même très lourd. Une centaine d’intellectuels de haute volée, réputés et reconnus dans leur discipline (la philosophie, les études islamiques, l’islamologie…) ont lancé, jeudi, un appel public pour dénoncer le traitement par la justice de l’affaire Tariq Ramadan et exiger, de la France, «une procédure équitable.»

Dans une lettre ouverte, ces chercheurs mettent en cause l’impartialité des magistrats. «M. Ramadan a-t-il bénéficié de l’égalité de traitement tant appréciée par la France, alors que des personnalités politiques de haut rang accusées de faits similaires continuent de bénéficier de leur liberté de mouvement ?» s’interrogent les signataires.

Ces personnalités, réputées chacune dans leur discipline et très majoritairement anglo-saxonnes (Grande-Bretagne et Etats-Unis) mais aussi vivant au Qatar, en Iran ou encore en Malaisie, estiment même que le théologien ferait l’objet de discrimination. «Existe-t-il une forme de justice pour les musulmans en France et une autre pour tous les autres ?» pointent-ils.

Les signataires rappellent que le théologien, accusé de plusieurs viols en France et en Suisse, s’est vu refusé ses demandes de remise en liberté malgré les garanties qu’il présenterait. Souffrant d’une sclérose en plaques, il ne bénéficierait pas, comme le mentionne sa famille et insiste la pétition, «d’un traitement médical approprié». Selon des informations communiquées par son entourage à Libération, Tariq Ramadan a été, de nouveau, hospitalisé mardi à la Pitié-Salpêtrière pour des examens neurologiques.

Aucun intellectuel français de renom
Parmi les intellectuels qui soutiennent le théologien figurent notamment le philosophe canadien Charles Taylor, l’un des penseurs incontournables des rapports entre religions et postmodernité, deux grandes pointures de l’islamologie contemporaine, l’Américain John Esposito et le Danois Jorgen Nielsen. Ce dernier, chercheur à l’université de Birmingham est, selon l’expert des questions musulmanes Bernard Godard, le «pionnier et l’un des meilleurs spécialistes de l’islam européen.»

«Ce ne sont pas des réseaux fréristes», poursuit Bernard Godard, impressionné par le gratin intellectuel réuni dans cet appel. De fait, on y retrouve aussi deux penseurs majeurs de l’islam libéral contemporain, le Sud-Africain Farid Esack et l’Iranien Abdulkarim Soroush. Last but not least, l’universitaire afro-américaine Amina Wadud, une très grande figure du féminisme musulman, a joint, elle aussi, son nom à cette pétition. Travaillant sur les questions de genre, elle avait fait sensation, en 2005, en conduisant la prière devant une assemblée mixte, hommes et femmes.

Ces dernières semaines, le comité de soutien de Tariq Ramadan a rassemblé ces grandes signatures internationales. «Depuis le placement en détention provisoire de mon père, nous avons été sollicités par des personnes qui voulaient lui apporter leur soutien, explique, à Libération, Maryam Ramadan, la fille du théologien. Ces personnalités ne se prononcent pas sur le fait qu’il soit coupable ou innocent mais sur son traitement par la justice.»

Pour le moment, aucun intellectuel français de renom, hormis le politologue et islamologue François Burgat, ne s’est joint à cette pétition. Depuis le vote en 2004 de la loi interdisant le port du voile à l’école, la France est très décriée dans les pays anglo-saxons, suspectée d’avoir une attitude néocoloniale discriminante à l’égard de sa population musulmane. Fin février, Mediapart avait déjà publié un texte de soutien à Tariq Ramadan signé par des personnalités françaises et étrangères.

http://www.liberation.fr/france/2018/06/15/affaire-ramadan-une-petition-internationale-d-intellectuels-reclame-une-justice-equitable-pour-le-th_1659135

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Tariq Ramadan and the integrity of French justice
Peter Oborne

For the last four months, Oxford professor Tariq Ramadan has been rotting in a French jail, like Jean Valjean. He stands accused of rape by several women who came forward during the #MeToo scandal. One says that in a hotel room in Paris in the spring of 2012, the world-renowned Swiss scholar of Islam “choked me so hard that I thought I was going to die”. Another has reportedly described “blows to the face and body, forced sodomy, rape with an object and various humiliations, including being dragged by the hair to the bathtub and urinated on”.

If Ramadan is guilty of these despicable acts, he must face the full weight of French law. But he must first be given the chance to defend himself. And there are grave concerns that he is not.

On 2 February police locked Ramadan up and denied him bail, despite their investigations then being only incipient. They insisted that if they let him go he might flee the country or coerce his accusers into dropping their charges. But Ramadan hardly looked like doing either: he had flown to France to hand himself in and must know that intimidating his alleged victims would ruin his hopes in any trial.

Not only this, but police threw Ramadan into solitary confinement – an indignity usually saved for arch criminals, not mild-mannered Oxford dons. There he has until recently been denied phone calls and visits from his wife and children. A sufferer of multiple sclerosis, he has also reportedly plunged into ill health. He has several times been admitted to hospital; his lawyer says he is enduring migraines, numbness of limb, severe cramp, sleep and memory difficulties; and he now needs support to walk. His lawyer says that a court-appointed doctor in fewer than 20 minutes contradicted the chief prison doctor in declaring him fit for detention. Such failures have provoked the famed French lawyer Régis de Castelnau to call the abandonment of due process in Ramadan’s case “severe and constant”.

Meanwhile, Ramadan is adamant that he is the victim of a smear campaign by his accusers. Last week, the first time Ramadan was allowed to appear before them, judges dismissed the allegations of a fourth claimant. Ramadan’s lawyer called it a “turning point”. The lawyer also cites “inconsistencies, lies and serious doubts” in the accounts of the others. One, Henda Ayari, a feminist campaigner, has changed her testimony of the supposed date and location of Ramadan’s alleged crime. Despite stating that she lost contact with him soon afterwards, she allegedly sent Ramadan sexually explicit messages, seen by investigators, two years later. Another, who is officially anonymous and goes by the name “Christelle”, has explained away apparent contradictions in her account of the timing of the alleged incident by telling judges: “I was drinking rum at this time.”

All this is unusual. Ramadan is not the only man in France accused of rape on the back of #MeToo. Like Ramadan, budget minister Gérald Darmanin and environment minister Nicolas Hulot are the subjects of “mise en garde” – early investigations – into rape and sexual assault allegations by more than one woman. Unlike Ramadan, they await their fate in freedom and, after brief interrogations, have continued to govern. Similarly, David Matthews, father-in-law of Pippa Middleton, who has been accused of raping a minor in France, has been allowed to return to the UK pending enquiries. All three deny their charges.

There appears to be a double standard at work here. And there is too much evidence not to ask whether Ramadan is being treated as he is because he is a Muslim. “Christelle” has been identified as the founder of a website, originally called “Femmes avec Marine [Le Pen]” (“Women with Marine”), which describes violent Muslims assaulting French civilisation. Ayari is an ex-Salafist who last week published a book whose title translates as Never More Veiled, Never Again Raped, She has brought the new celebrity that this case has given her down hard on Muslims, tweeting: “Not all Muslims are anti-Semitic, but most anti-Semitic acts are committed by Muslims!” But she reserves special contempt for Islamists. She has tweeted: “Islamism will not take the place of Nazism! Men and women of peace the world over, regardless of their origins or religions, will unite and they shall be the protective barrier against all hateful Islamists who attack Jews!”

Ramadan does not identify as an Islamist. But he is a prominent Muslim intellectual who insists Islamic and Western values can exist in harmony. A fact so often used against him, his grandfather founded the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood. He rails against Islamophobia in France – where anti-Arab racism is widespread, the burqa is banned and the prison population is 70 per cent Muslim – and he is unflinching in his criticism of the role of the French state in this.

This ruffles feathers. Many powerful figures treat him as a menace who, rather than integrate Islamic and Western values, wants to replace the latter with the former. This is the accusation of Caroline Fourest, a polemicist who once wrote a book called Brother Tariq: The Doublespeak of Tariq Ramadan. Ramadan’s defence accuses her of orchestrating the claims against him.

French politicians have been deeply hypocritical in denying Ramadan the presumption of innocence. At the end of January, former prime minister Manuel Valls condemned the “sordid accusations” against the young politician Darmanin. Just two days later, he called Ramadan “an enemy of the Republic and its values, an adversary of what France embodies”. He added: “It is up to justice to do its job.” The media have been no better. Among other things, they have repeated the lie that Ramadan is an Egyptian citizen who might escape to North Africa if he is freed.

This political climate might explain certain oddities in the investigation. Why else was Ramadan’s case moved from Rouen, where the initial complaint was filed, to Paris, where the chief prosecutor is François Molins, not an expert in rape but a preeminent counter-terrorist, known by many in France as the “prosecutor of French jihadists”?

Tragically, Ramadan is just the kind of reformist Muslim that President Macron needs. He is part of a generation of moderate Islamic scholars unafraid to challenge the traditionalists who say Muslims cannot be European. I am not suggesting he should be spared justice because of his intellectual credentials. But France claims to have invented liberty. If it fails to uphold its fine ideal now, it will disappoint the world.

That is why I, along with academics, journalists, politicians, scholars and human rights lawyers, have signed a worldwide appeal for Ramadan to receive fair treatment. Britain, where Ramadan lives and to which he has given so much scholarship, must support this call.

Additional reporting by Richard Assheton

https://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2018/06/tariq-ramadan-and-the-integrity-of-french-justice/

FRENCH MEDIA

Libération : Affaire Ramadan : une pétition internationale d'intellectuels réclame «une justice équitable» pour le théologien

http://www.liberation.fr/france/2018/06/15/affaire-ramadan-une-petition-internationale-d-intellectuels-reclame-une-justice-equitable-pour-le-th_1659135

20 minutes : Affaire Tariq Ramadan: Une pétition internationale d'une centaine d'intellectuels exigent la libération du théologien

https://www.20minutes.fr/societe/2290551-20180615-affaire-tariq-ramadan-petition-internationale-centaine-intellectuels-exigent-liberation-theologien

7 sur 7 : Près de 100 personnalités exigent une "procédure équitable" pour Tariq Ramadan

https://www.7sur7.be/7s7/fr/1505/Monde/article/detail/3438516/2018/06/14/Pres-de-100-personnalites-exigent-une-procedure-equitable-pour-Tariq-Ramadan.dhtml

ACTU Orange : Affaire Ramadan : une pétition internationale d'intellectuels réclame «une justice équitable» pour le théologien

https://actu.orange.fr/politique/affaire-ramadan-une-petition-internationale-d-intellectuels-reclame-une-justice-equitable-pour-le-theologien-liberation-CNT00000145Kea.html



BRUSSELS MEDIA

Qui sont les trois Belges qui exigent une "procédure équitable" pour Tariq Ramadan?

http://www.lalibre.be/actu/international/qui-sont-les-trois-belges-qui-exigent-une-procedure-equitable-pour-tariq-ramadan-5b220c1e55326301e785556c



UK MEDIA

Tariq Ramadan and the integrity of French justice

Peter Oborne

https://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2018/06/tariq-ramadan-and-the-integrity-of-french-justice/

5 pillars: Imams, politicians and academics express outrage at Tariq Ramadan’s treatment

https://5pillarsuk.com/2018/06/14/imams-politicians-academics-express-outrage-at-tariq-ramadans-treatment/

Kuwait

https://www.kuna.net.kw/ArticleDetails.aspx?id=2732721&language=en

Maghreb

Dans une lettre ouverte, 100 personnalités internationales exigent la libération de Tariq Ramadan

Huffington Post : https://www.huffpostmaghreb.com/entry/100-personnalites-exigent-la-liberation-de-tariq-ramadan-dans-une-lettre-ouverte_mg_5b224f7de4b0bbb7a0e502b1


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