- Theresa MayThe Home Secretary
Lift the unjust ban excluding Minister Farrakhan from entering the UK #freespeechforALL2015
For 29 years, the HONOURABLE MINISTER LOUIS FARRAKHAN has been excluded from entering the United Kingdom on grounds that have never been fully justified.
As the National Representative of the Nation of Islam, The Honourable Minister Louis Farrakhan has been a lifelong campaigner against war, poverty and discrimination. We believe that freedom of speech ought to prevail in the UK and that it is time for Minister Farrakhan’s unique voice to be heard in this country.
Minister Farrakhan has been banned from the UK since 16 January 1986 on the vaguely defined grounds that “his presence would not be conducive to the public good.”
In response to an appeal by Minister Farrakhan’s European representative, Hilary Muhammad, Justice Turner judged on 1 October 2001 that the Secretary of State was required to demonstrate objective justification for excluding Mr Farrakhan from this country. Objective justification was not found.
However, the judgement was nonetheless overturned by then Home Office Minister, David Blunkett. The grounds again offered only non-specific reasoning.
Now 82 years of age, Minister Farrakhan maintains a gruelling work schedule. He has travelled the world spreading a message of atonement, reconciliation and responsibility. His Million Man March inspired nearly 2 million men to convene in Washington, D.C. His work has promoted the right to an education for all, while opposing war and injustice.
We appeal to you to allow freedom of speech to prevail, so that his voice may be heard in the UK. #freespeechforALL2015 #FRKN2015
- Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Leader of the Conservative Party
Theresa May MP
- The Home Secretary
Lift the unjust ban excluding Minister Farrakhan from entering the UK
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