Emergency Public Meeting: New Anti-Terrorism Legislation Implications for Muslims in Britain
London, UK, November 9 – Over a thousand Muslims from across the UK will attend an emergency public meeting in London on Sunday [13 November 2005] convened by the non-violent Islamic political party, Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain. The meeting entitled 'Criminalising Muslims Opposed to Occupation' will examine the full impact on community relations of anti-terrorism legislation currently before Parliament. Delegates will discuss how some of the proposed measures will criminalise vast swathes of the Muslim community who speak out on behalf of oppressed Muslims across the world.
Speakers at the meeting include Dr Abdul Wahid, a general practitioner and member of Hizb ut-Tahrir's UK Executive Committee, Saghir Hussain, a solicitor and representative of Stop Political Terror, Jamal Harwood, a management consultant and media representative of Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain, Taji Mustafa, an IT engineer and media representative of Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain, and Sajjad Khan, an accountant and senior member of Hizb ut-Tahrir.
Taji Mustafa, Media Representative of Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain, said, "These anti-terror laws will essentially be used to criminalise Muslims who speak out against the occupation of Iraq, Palestine and Kashmir and those who are working through non-violent political means to replace the dictatorial regimes of the Muslim world by an Islamic Caliphate State. Surely these laws will do more harm than good for community relations."
''They will also ensure that freedom of speech is only acceptable in Britain when one tows the government's foreign policy line, similar to the tyrannical regimes of the Muslim world who have silenced political dissent."
The conference will take place on Sunday November 13th 2005 at 12.00 p.m. at Friends House, 173 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BJ. The conference will end at 4.30 p.m.