London, UK, September 21 – Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain, a non-violent Islamic political organisation, strongly condemns the suspension of the President of Middlesex University Student Union, Keith Shilson, and his subsequent removal from campus by university security yesterday. The move by university authorities came after Mr Shilson refused to cancel an open question and answer session with Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain at the university to dispel misconceptions about the organisation. It seems that rather than engaging in debate and discourse the university authorities have caved in to UK government pressure and have resorted to banning and silencing voices of dissent.
Dr Imran Waheed, a media representative of Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain, said, "Mr Shilson is the elected President of the Student Union. The McCarthyist treatment of Keith Shilson by Middlesex University has wide implications for political _expression and dissent across universities. We expect Middlesex University to immediately reinstate Mr Shilson and allow the debate to go ahead next Wednesday as planned. Muslim students want to be able to engage in legitimate political expression at universities without fear of being branded 'extremist'. It appears that the university is intent on silencing legitimate political dissent about Western foreign policy and Western support for dictators in the Muslim world. This is in itself a form of extremism."
"Hizb ut-Tahrir is the most open political group on campus, engaging with non-Muslim thinkers, academics and politicians and participating in developing a rich political atmosphere which is sorely missing on university campuses today."
"We are writing to Middlesex University Vice-Chancellor Michael Driscoll to request an urgent meeting to discuss these issues."